Professor Ilaria Boncori

Deputy Dean (Postgraduate Research Training) - Professor (R)
EBS - Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
Professor Ilaria Boncori



I am a Professor in Organization Behaviour and Human Resources Management, currently serving as Deputy Dean Postgraduate Research Training. In this role, I am responsible for all doctoral training across departments, both within the university and through external collaborations and partnerships. From January 2022 to January 2026, I will be leading the project 'Transitions and Transformations: the Black Researcher's Journey' funded by Research England – part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) - and the Office for Students. See here for more information: Initially focused on international cross-cultural business and expatriates, my research interests now lie in the intersections between identity, race, the body, gender, sexuality and processes of organising, as recently investigated in studies focused on aspects such as transgender and gender non-conforming inclusion in organizations, parenting and miscarriage in organisations. With a particular interest in qualitative methods (both narrative and arts-based approaches), in my recent research have used autoethnography, photoethnography, semi-structured interviews and the analysis of secondary texts like films in order to explore concepts and contexts. Editorial roles: Co-Editor in Chief of the international journal Culture and Organization (ASB ranked) Associate Editor and founder of puntOorg International Journal Board member of the journal Organization Review Board member of the journal Gender, Work and Organization Other roles and professional membership: Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD, 2023) Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA, 2019) Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (FLF, 2016) Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE, 2020) Steering Group member of the Humanistic Management Network UK Chapter Co-Director of the Gender and Work Group (University of Essex) Chair of the Essex LGBT Alliance (2016 to 2020) Member of the Race Equality Charter institutional Self-Assessment Team at the University of Essex My Google Scholar page: PhD students (completed) Costanza Cardullo: Formality and Informality in delegation processes of family businesses (co-supervised with Professor L.M. Sicca, University of Naples Federico II) Davide Bizjak: Organizing diversity in organizations: from liminality to inclusion (co-supervised with Professor L.M. Sicca, University of Naples Federico II)


  • BA (Hons) Oriental Languages and Cultures (Rome, Italy) 110 cum laude

  • MA Marketing and Communication (Rome, Italy)

  • PhD Management Studies (Essex, UK)


University of Essex

  • Deputy Dean Postgraduate Research Training (DD PGRT), University of Essex (1/1/2022 - 31/12/2024)

  • Faculty Dean Undergraduate, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Essex (1/7/2021 - 31/12/2023)

  • Deputy Dean (Education), University of Essex (1/1/2018 - 29/6/2021)

Other academic

  • Professor in Organization Behaviour and Human Resources Management, Essex Business School, University of Essex (1/10/2023 - present)

  • Professor in Management and Marketing, Essex Pathways, University of Essex (1/10/2020 - 30/9/2023)

  • Senior Lecturer in Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Essex (1/10/2014 - 30/9/2020)

  • Lecturer in EAP and Business studies, Insearch, University of Essex (17/9/2007 - 1/10/2014)

  • Lecturer, SILC, Shanghai University (1/7/2005 - 30/6/2007)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

identity work

transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming inclusion

auto/ethnography and arts-based methods

Writing Differently in management and organisation studies

embodied experiences in the workplace

affective processes in organisations and organising

I am particularly interested in emotions in processes of organising, and processes focussed on care, solidarity and feminist approaches

Pregnancy endings/baby loss

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Current research

Gender in organizations

equality and inclusion

race and ethnicity

ethnographic methods

Body of work: Wellcome Trust funded project (20219-2021)

The Body of Work project was funded by the Wellcome Trust to facilitate a series of four events between academics, third sector professionals, doctoral students and the wider public. Project team: Professor Ilaria Boncori (Principal Investigator) University of Essex Dr Deborah Brewis (Co-Investigator), University of Bath Rachel Weightman (Project Officer), University of Essex This project seeks to enrich our understanding of embodied experiences associated with work, and of practices that marginalise the bodies of certain groups. Although underrepresented in organisation studies, knowledge of how the body affects one’s work, and how work affects the body, is crucial to shaping inclusive policies, practices and career pathways. Videos and other resources can be found under each event page, which can be browsed via the navigation menu or as a link through from the homepage.
More information about this project

Pregnancy endings

I have been working on projects related to preganncy endings since 2016. Please find more information on the related web pages belwo.
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Conferences and presentations

Mobilising rage as methodology and praxis in researching differently”, Gender, Work and Organization

Gender Work and Organization, 29/6/2023

Embodied and affective spaces of parenting in academia

Invited presentation, Remaking the City” in ‘Empowered bodies: politics of space through feminist perspectives, 28/6/2023

Critical development workshop: Nurturing half-baked ideas

International Critical Management Studies, 22/6/2023

Academic doors and ladders: Feminist vulnerability in contemporary careers

EGOS, 7/7/2022

Understanding the experience of early pregnancy endings

Gender, Work and Organization, 24/6/2022

Developmental workshop for the Special Issue on Embodied Writing

SCOS, 6/7/2021

Leaning in and spilling over: Becoming a parent whilst pursuing an academic career

Gender, Work and Organization, 30/6/2021

Reflecting and learning in lockdown: leadership approaches to crisis management

Invited presentation, International Conference of the Humanistic Management Network, 6/11/2020

Opening up the gender continuum

Critical Management Studies, 27/6/2019

2017 Hunter, C. , Boncori, I. and Pecis L. Emotions, objects and meaning in organizations stream for 10th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference 2017 Liverpool, UK (3 5 July).

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2017

2017 Chair of the organising Committee of SCOS Roma 2017 Carne: Flesh and Organizations. Other organisers include Jo Brewis (Leicester), Mauro Gatti (Rome), Edoardo Mollona (Bologna), Luigi Maria Sicca (Naples), Charlotte Smith (Leicester).

Rome, Italy, 2017

2016 Boncori, I and Bizjak, D. 'Taming the beast', SCOS (Uppsala, 11-14 July)

Uppsala, Sweden, 2016

2015 (on-going) Conference stream organiser at the European Academy of Management Institutional resistance, war of positions and power maintenance ( Standing track.


2015 Boncori, I. Factors affecting the experience of pregnancy and parenthood in female academic careers, Critical Management Studies Conference (Leicester, 6-9 July).

Leicester, United Kingdom, 2015

2015 Boncori, I., Bizjak, D. and Sicca, L.M. Resistance in Academia: workload models as instruments of transparency or as a form of managerial panopticon?, EURAM (Warsaw, 17-21 June).

Warsaw, Poland, 2015

2015 Cardullo, C., Bizjak, D., Boncori, I. and Sicca, L.M. Entrepreneurial resistance in Italian medium-sized family firms. Delegation of power and strategic decision making processes, EURAM (Warsaw, 17-21 June).

Warsaw, Poland, 2015

2014 Shortt, H. and Boncori, I. Playing the Academic Game, Doctoral workshop, SCOS Conference (Utrecht, 7-10 July).

Utrecht, Netherlands, 2014

2013 Höpfl, H. and Boncori, I., Managing The Beast, Doctoral workshop, SCOS Conference (Warsaw, 11-14 July).

Warsaw, Poland, 2013

2012 Boncori, I. and Höpfl, H. No place like home. Expatriates' itinerant artefacts and the liminal home, 2012 SCOS Conference (Barcelona, 11-14 July).

Barcelona, Spain, 2012

2012 Boncori, I. 'The importance of Cultural Diplomacy in the management of international business relations: the case of Italian expatriates in China', Keynote speech (invited) delivered at the ICD Annual Academic Conference on Cultural Diplomacy (Berlin 15-18 December 2011).

Berlin, Germany, 2012

2011 Organiser of the Convivium: Global Citizenship and Collaboration Conference (University of Essex, 5th May 2011) on the role of collaboration in international relations, cross-cultural management and business.

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2011

2011 Boncori, I. Recovering identity: expatriates autoethnographic self-reflections of identity negotiation and re-construction upon repatriation, 2011 SCOS Conference (Istanbul, 14-17 July 2011).

Istanbul, Turkey, 2011

2011 Fathulla, K., Boncori, I. and Holst-Larkin, J.A. Enriching the notion of Internationalisation poster presented at the Internationalisation of Pedagogy and Curriculum in Higher Education Conference (University of Warwick, 16-17 June 2011).

Coventry, United Kingdom, 2011


Journal articles (17)

Middlemiss, AL., Boncori, I., Brewis, J., Davies, J. and Newton, VL., (2024). Employment leave for early pregnancy endings: A biopolitical reproductive governance analysis in England and Wales. Gender, Work and Organization. 31 (1), 75-91

Boncori, I. and Williams, KS., (2023). Reclaiming space in family histories: impressionistic memory work as a feminist approach to historiography and storytelling. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. 18 (5), 20-38

Suhomlinova, O., O'Shea, SC. and Boncori, I., (2023). Rethinking gender diversity: Transgender and gender nonconforming people and gender as constellation. Gender, Work and Organization

Boncori, I., (2022). Book review: The Routledge Companion to Organizational Diversity Research Methods. Management Learning. 53 (3), 621-622

Manzoor, H., Nocker, M. and Boncori, I., (2022). The performativity and politics of emotions in NHS boards. Culture and Organization. 28 (6), 509-527

Boncori, I., (2021). Book Review: ‘Writing Differently’ by Alison Pullen, Jenny Helin and Nancy Harding. Gender, Work and Organization. 28 (1), 443-445

Abdellatif, A., Aldossari, M., Boncori, I., Callahan, J., Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, U., Chaudhry, S., Kivinen, N., Liu, S-JS., Utoft, EH., Vershinina, N., Yarrow, E. and Pullen, A., (2021). Breaking the Mould: Working through our Differences to Vocalize the Sound of Change. Gender, Work and Organization. 28 (5), 1956-1979

Boncori, I. and Smith, C., (2020). Negotiating the doctorate as an academic professional: identity work and sense making through auto ethnographic methods. Teaching in Higher Education. 25 (3), 271-285

Boncori, I. and Strauβ, A., (2020). Foreign women in academia: double strangers between productivity, marginalization and resistance. Gender, Work and Organization. 27 (6), 1004-1019

Boncori, I., (2020). The Neverending Shift: A feminist reflection on living and organising academic lives during the Coronavirus pandemic. Gender, Work and Organization. 27 (5), 677-682

Boncori, I., (2020). Book Review: Spiritual Herstories by Amanda Williamson and Barbara Sellers-Young. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion

Boncori, I., Sicca, LM. and Bizjak, D., (2020). Workload allocation models in academia: Panopticon of neoliberal control or tools for resistance?. Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry. 18 (1), 51-69

Boncori, I. and Smith, C., (2019). I lost my baby today: Embodied writing and learning in organizations. Management Learning. 50 (1), 74-86

Boncori, I., Brewis, J., Sicca, LM. and Smith, C., (2019). Carne – flesh and organization. Culture and Organization. 25 (4), 249-252

Boncori, I., (2018). Negotiating motherhood and career options through sharing narratives. e-Organisations & People. 25 (4), 13-20

Boncori, I., (2017). Mission impossible: A reading of the after-death of the heroine. Culture and Organization. 23 (2), 95-109

Boncori, I. and Vine, T., (2014). 'Learning without thought is labour lost, thought without learning is perilous': the importance of pre-departure training and emotions management for expatriates working in China. International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion. 6 (2), 155-155

Books (5)

Boncori, I., (2022). Researching and writing differently. Policy Press. 1447368142. 9781447368144

Boncori, I. and Loughran, T., (2020). Health and Wellbeing - The University of Essex Reader. Editoriale Scientifica. 978-88-9391-663-9

Boncori, I., (2018). Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion - The University of Essex Reader. Editoriale Scientifica

Boncori, I., (2017). LGBT+ Perspectives -The University of Essex Reader. Editoriale Scientifica. 978-88-9391-045-3

Boncori, I., (2013). Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 9781349451173

Book chapters (22)

Boncori, I., Learning and doing autoethnography: resonance, vulnerability and exposure. In: Organizational Ethnography An Experiential and Practical Guide. Editors: Pandeli, J., Sutherland, N. and Gaggiotti, H., . 9780367898687

Boncori, I., Intersectional approaches to inclusivity and digital inequality for staff and students in Higher Education. In: Global Inclusion and Diversity in the virtual organization. Editors: Groutsis, D., Georgiadou, A. and Ng, E., . Routledge

Boncori, I., Harrison, P., MacKenzie, B., Schwabenland, C. and Slater, R., Reflecting and learning in lockdown: leadership approaches to crisis management. In: Humanistic crisis management – lessons from COVID-19.. Editors: Amann, W., Stachowicz-Stanusch, A., Tripathi, S. and von Kimakowitz, E., . Palgrave MacMillan

Boncori, I., (2022). Writing the personal. In: How to Write Differently: A quest for meaningful academic writing. Editors: Kostera, M., . Edward Elgar Publishing. 22- 32. 9781800887725

Boncori, I., (2022). Writing the personal. In: How to Write Differently: A Quest for Meaningful Academic Writing. 21- 31. 9781800887725

Boncori, I. and Vaswani, N., (2020). Fifteen. In: Health and Wellbeing - The University of Essex Reader. Editors: Boncori, I. and Loughran, T., . Editoriale Scientifica

Boncori, I., Sicca, LM. and Bizjak, D., (2019). Transgender and Gender Non-conforming People in the Workplace: Direct and Invisible Discrimination. In: Inequality and Organizational Practice Volume I: Work and Welfare. Editors: Nachmias, S. and Caven, V., . Springer. 141- 160. 3030116441. 9783030116446

Boncori, I. and Yakubu, H., (2018). Is money colour-blind? financing ethnic minority businesses. In: Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion - The University of Essex Reader. Editors: Boncori, I., . Editoriale Scientifica

Boncori, I. and Lawley, S., (2017). "LGBT+ experiences of sport in educational settings". In: LGBT* Perspectives - The University of Essex Reader. Editors: Boncori, I., . Editoriale Scientifica. 171- 189. 978-88-9391-045-3

Boncori, I., (2017). The Salience of Emotions in (Auto) ethnography: Towards an Analytical Framework. In: Ethnographic Research and Analysis. Editors: Vine, T., Weir, D., Clarke, J. and Richards, S., . Palgrave Macmillan. 191- 215. 978-1-137-58555-4

Boncori, I., Sicca, LM. and Bizjak, D., (2017). Lex, legis: lontano dalla norma. Resistenze organizzative e passaggi di testimone nelle imprese 3M. In: Il mestiere di crescere. Strategie e performance delle medie imprese industriali nel Mezzogiorno. Editors: Izzo, F., . Editoriale Scientifica. 978-88-6342-941-1

Bizjak, D., Boncori, I. and Fazzari, P., (2015). Identità organizzativa, identità individuale e transformazione. In: Transformare le pratiche nelle organizzazioni di lavoro e di pensiero. Editors: Sicca, LM., Valerio, P. and Oliverio, S., . Editoriale Scientifica. 229- 247. 978-88-6342-825-4

Boncori, I., (2013). No Place Like Home. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 152- 159. 9781349451173

Boncori, I., (2013). Expatriate Adjustment. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 103- 151. 9781349451173

Boncori, I., (2013). Introduction to International Business in China. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 3- 27. 9781349451173

Boncori, I., (2013). A Good Beginning is Halfway to Success. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 31- 38. 9781349451173

Boncori, I., (2013). Pre-Departure Knowledge. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 39- 53. 9781349451173

Boncori, I., (2013). Returning Expatriates. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 163- 171. 9781349451173

Boncori, I., (2013). Expatriates in the Middle Kingdom. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 92- 102. 9781349451173

Boncori, I., (2013). Repatriation Adjustment. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 172- 190. 9781349451173

Boncori, I., (2013). When in China Do as the Chinese Do. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 81- 91. 9781349451173

Boncori, I., (2013). Recruitment and Preparation. In: Expatriates in China. Palgrave Macmillan UK. 54- 77. 9781349451173

Grants and funding


Early pregnancy endings and the workplace

Open University (Funder)

Supporting organisations and individuals in dealing with pregnancy endings

University of Essex


Historic Considerations of Diversity and Inclusion

Unilever PLC


Early pregnancy endings and the workplace (up to 24 weeks gestation)

Open University (Funder)


Understanding the individual and organisational experiences of miscarriage and stillbirth in the workplace

British Academy


The Body of Work

Wellcome Trust

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