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Dr Ed Thompson

Job: Associate Professor

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Research group(s): Department of Strategic Management and Marketing

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551 (7226)




Personal profile

Ed’s current research focuses on the synthesis of Actor-Network Theory and an ethnographic methodology to explore the practice of collaboration in the planning for and responding to crises, and the role of highly inscribed boundary objects in situations of uncertainty. Other areas of research include the investigation of public participation in democratic processes from those who are a part of disenfranchised groups such as the homeless and those in care, and the effects of austerity on resilience capabilities and mental health services. Prior to joining DMU Ed worked in the public sector assessing contract compliance and investigating safeguarding issues in the area of adult social care.

Research group affiliations

Centre for Urban Research on Austerity (CURA)

Health Policy Research Unity (HPRU)

Publications and outputs

Worthington, I., Britton, C. and Thompson, E. (2018) The Global Business Environment, 8th Edition, Pearson, London (forthcoming)

Key research outputs

Why is Austerity Governable? A Gramscian Urban Regime Analysis of Leicester, UK
Davies, J.S., Bua, A., Cortina-Oriol, M. and Thompson, E. (2018) Why is Austerity Governable? A Gramscian Urban Regime Analysis of Leicester, UK. Journal of Urban Affairs (forthcoming)

Thompson, E., Macpherson, A and Herbane, B. (2017) Structuring Activities for Objects of Collaboration, Organizational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference, Valladolid, April 2017.

Davies, J.S. and Thompson, E. (2016) Austerian Realism and the Governance of Leicester, in Bevir, M. and Rhodes, R.A.W., Rethinking Governance: Ruling, Rationalities and Resistance, London, Routledge.

Thompson, E., Kaur, R., Scullion, J. and Baggott, R. (2016) Care and the Vote, Political Studies Association 66th International Conference (panel 2015 General Election 2), Brighton, 21st - 23rd March 2016. 

Davies, J. and Thompson, E. (2014) Collaborative Governance Under Austerity: The Case of Leicester, City Futures (panel S22), Paris, 18th – 20th June 2014.

Thompson, E. (2013) ‘An Account of the Decontextualization of Emergency Plans’ British Academy of Management 2013 (Liverpool) – Doctoral Symposium

Thompson, E. (2013) Public Partnerships: Developing a Theoretically Informed Perspective of Disruption and Resistance, Public Management and Administration Postgraduate Conference 2013 (Aston University)

Research interests/expertise

  • Issues relating to preparedness in the public sector; the construction of emergency plans and the ordering of crisis.
  • Issues relating to adult social care, particularly involvement with democratic services.
  • Issues relating to privatised industry, particularly in comparison to the public sector.
  • Organizational behaviour and practice.
  • Project and strategic management.
  • Boundary Objects and Inter-Organizational Collaboration.
  • Actor-Network Theory.

Areas of teaching

  • Introduction to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (ENTE1521)
  • Academic Skills and Employability (CORP1518)
  • Contemporary Business Issues (CORP3502)
  • Creative Management and Marketing (ENTE3506)
  • Dissertation supervision in the areas of business and sociology.


BA (Hons) Business Studies (2009)

MSc (Distinction) Project Management (2010)

PGCertHE (Distinction) (2015)

PhD Organizational Behaviour (2015)

Courses taught

Module Leader for Enterprise Placements (ENTE2801)

Membership of external committees

British Academy of Management, Inter-Organizational Collaboration Special Interest Group - Comittee Member

Membership of professional associations and societies

Association for Project Management                             2009 - 2016

British Academy of Management                                   2011 - Present

Academy of Management                                              2011 - Present

Political Studies Association                                          2012 - Present

Higher Education Accademy (Fellow)                            2015 - Present

Royal Society for the Arts (Fellow)                                 2018 - Present



Conference attendance

British Academy of Management conference 2016 - Newcastle

Political Studies Association conference 2016 - Brighton

Convenor – British Academy of Management post-graduate event - Inter-Organizational Collaboration Special Interest Group – Cranfield University, Bedford – 20th June 2014

Current research students

Mr Danny Buckley - Investigating societal factors in informal economies

Internally funded research project information

Seedcorn project (£500) on enabling voting by those in care and nursing homes.

Seedcorn project (£1200) on the affect of austerity policies on local resilience.

Cura project funding (£3500) on mental health services and migration in Leicester and Rhodes.