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Professor Melissa Tyler

Professor
EBS - Organisational Studies and Human Resources
Professor Melissa Tyler
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 874112

  • Location

    EBS.3.81, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    You can find details of Academic Support hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911

Profile

Biography

My research focuses largely on gender, feminist theory and the body in work and organisational settings; emotion, aesthetics and sexuality in the workplace, and organisational space, place and materiality. I am currently working on two single authored books: 'Soho at Work: Place and Pleasure in Contemporary London' (Cambridge University Press), and 'Judith Butler and Organization Theory' (Routledge). I welcome inquiries from potential PhD students on a variety of topics, including but not exclusively: * Gender and LGBT inequality in the workplace * Feminist thinking and critical theories of work and organization * Space, place and workplace settings * Embodied experiences and perceptions of work, particularly relating to emotion, aesthetics and/or sexuality at work * Disability and the workplace

Qualifications

  • B Soc Sci (Hons) Cultural Studies

  • PG Dip (Research Methods)

  • PhD (Sociology)

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Equality Co-ordinator, Essex Business School, University of Essex (1/1/2016 - present)

  • PhD Director (Management), Essex Business School, University of Essex (1/1/2019 - present)

Other academic

  • Associate Editor, Gender, Work and Organization (3/9/2007 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Feminist perspectives on work and organization

Open to supervise

Gender, sexuality and embodiment at work

Open to supervise

Organizational space, place, aesthetics and materiality

Open to supervise

Emotional, aesthetic and sexualized forms of labour

Open to supervise

Sales-service work and consumer culture

Open to supervise

Gender, sexuality and the body in work organizations

Open to supervise

Any work drawing on and developing feminist theory

Open to supervise

The organization, management and lived experience of organizational space, place and setting

Open to supervise

Emotional, aesthetic and sexualized labour in sales-service work

Open to supervise

Current research

An ethnographic study of sales-service work in licensed and unlicensed sex shops in Soho, London

Lived experiences of gender, sexuality and ageing at work (with Kat Riach and Nick Rumens)

Gender and commemoration in work organizations (with Karen Dale and Leanne Cutcher)

Discrimination and disrespect in the workplace (with Philip Hancock)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Organisational Behaviour (BE410)

  • Philosophies of Research and Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (BE968)

Publications

Journal articles (20)

Hales, S., Riach, K. and Tyler, M., Close Encounters: Intimate service interactions in lap dancing work as a nexus of ‘self-others-things’. Organization Studies, 017084061983012-017084061983012

Cutcher, L., Dale, K. and Tyler, M., (2019). ‘Remembering as Forgetting’: Organizational commemoration as a politics of recognition. Organization Studies. 40 (2), 267-290

Tyler, M., (2019). Reassembling difference? Rethinking inclusion through/as embodied ethics. Human Relations. 72 (1), 48-68

Hales, S., Riach, K. and Tyler, M., (2019). Putting sexualized labour in the picture: Encoding ‘reasonable entitlement’ in the lap dancing industry. Organization. 26 (6), 783-801

Milroy, T., Cutcher, L. and Tyler, M., (2019). Stopped in our tracks: From ‘giving an account’ to an ethics of recognition in feminist praxis. Gender, Work and Organization. 26 (4), 393-410

Duffy, K., Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2017). Still Red Hot? Postfeminism and Gender Subjectivity in the Airline Industry. Gender, Work and Organization. 24 (3), 260-273

Riach, K., Rumens, N. and Tyler, M., (2016). Towards a Butlerian methodology: Undoing organizational performativity through anti-narrative research. Human Relations. 69 (11), 2069-2089

Pullen, A., Thanem, T., Tyler, M. and Wallenberg, L., (2016). Postscript: Queer Endings/Queer Beginnings. Gender, Work & Organization. 23 (1), 84-87

Cutcher, L., Dale, K., Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2016). Spaces and Places of Remembering and Commemoration. Organization. 23 (1), 3-9

Pullen, A., Thanem, T., Tyler, M. and Wallenberg, L., (2015). Sexual Politics, Organizational Practices: Interrogating Queer Theory, Work and Organization. Gender, Work & Organization. 23 (1), 1-6

Hancock, P., Sullivan, K. and Tyler, M., (2015). A Touch Too Much: Negotiating Masculinity, Propriety and Proximity in Intimate Labour. Organization Studies. 36 (12), 1715-1739

Brewis, J., Tyler, M. and Mills, A., (2014). Sexuality and organizational analysis--30 years on: Editorial introduction. Organization. 21 (3), 305-311

Riach, K., Tyler, M. and Rumens, N., (2014). Un/doing Chrononormativity: Negotiating Ageing, Gender and Sexuality in Organizational Life. Organization Studies. 35 (11), 1677-1698

Tyler, M., (2012). Working in the other Square Mile: performing and placing sexualized labour in Soho's sex shops. Work, Employment & Society. 26 (6), 899-917

Tyler, M., (2011). Tainted love: From dirty work to abject labour in Soho's sex shops. Human Relations. 64 (11), 1477-1500

Tyler, M. and Cohen, L., (2010). Spaces that Matter: Gender Performativity and Organizational Space. Organization Studies. 31 (2), 175-198

Tyler, M., (2009). Behind a painted smile: gendered aesthetics and emotional labour. International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion. 3 (1), 65-71

Tyler, M., (2009). Growing Customers: Sales-service work in the children`s culture industries. Journal of Consumer Culture. 9 (1), 55-77

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2008). Beyond the Confines: Management, Colonization and the Everyday. Critical Sociology. 34 (1), 29-49

Korczynski, M. and Tyler, M., (2008). Introduction. Journal of Consumer Culture. 8 (3), 307-320

Books (5)

Tyler, M., (2019). Judith Butler and Organization Theory. Routledge. 1351673823. 9781351673822

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2009). The Management of Everyday Life. Palgrave

Abbott, P., Wallace, C. and Tyler, M., (2005). An Introduction to Sociology Feminist Perspectives. Routledge. 0415312590. 9780415312592

Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., (2001). Work, Postmodernism and Organization A Critical Introduction. SAGE. 1847876463. 9781847876461

Hancock, P., (2000). The body, culture, and society an introduction. Open University Press

Book chapters (9)

Hancock, PG. and Tyler, M., (2018). Make Do and Mend? Working Postfeminism and Vintage. In: Postfeminism and Organization. Editors: Lewis, P., Benschop, Y. and Simpson, Y., . Routledge. 181- 196. 9781138212213

Rumens, N. and Tyler, M., (2015). Towards a Queer Politics and Ethics within Organization Studies. In: The Routledge Companion to Ethics, Politics and Organizations. Editors: Pullen, A. and Rhodes, C., . Routledge. 447- 461. 9780415821261

Tyler, M., (2014). Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986). In: The Oxford Handbook of Process Philosophy and Organization Studies. Editors: Helin, J., Hernes, T., Hjorth, D. and Holt, R., . Oxford University Press. 978-0-19-966935-6

Tyler, M., (2012). 'Glamour Girls, Macho Men and Everything in Between': Un/doing Gender and Dirty Work in Soho's Sex Shops. In: Dirty Work - Concepts and Identities. Editors: Simpson, R., Slutskaya, N., Lewis, P. and Hopfl, H., . Palgrave Connect. 9780230277137

Tyler, M., (2011). Postmodern Feminism and Organization Studies: A Marriage of Inconvenience?. In: Handbook of Gender, Work and Organization. Editors: Jeanes, E., Knights, D. and Yancey Martin, P., . John Wiley & Sons. 9- 24. 9781444394726

Tyler, M. and Cohen, L., (2010). Living and Working in Grey Areas: Gender (In)Visibility and Organization Space. In: Revealing and Concealing Gender. Editors: Lewis, P. and Simpson, R., . Palgrave Macmillan. 23- 38. 9780230212114

Tyler, M., (2009). Managing under the Covers: Lifestyle Media and the Management of Sexuality in Everyday Life. In: The Management of Everyday Life. Editors: Hancock, P. and Tyler, M., . Palgrave Macmillan. 23- 38. 9780230524798

Hancock, PG. and Tyler, M., (2008). Emotion at Work. In: Contemporary Human Resource Management. Editors: Redman, T. and Wilkinson, A., . FT/Prentice Hall. 472- 491. 9780273716334

Hancock, PG. and Tyler, M., (2007). It's All Too Beautiful: Emotion and Organization in the Aesthetic Economy. In: The Emotional Organization: Passions and Power. Editors: Fineman, S., . Wiley-Blackwell. 202- 217. 9781405160308

Other (1)

Rumens, N. and Tyler, M., (2015).Queer Theory,Routledge

Contact

mjtyler@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874112

Location:

EBS.3.81, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

You can find details of Academic Support hours on the EBS UG and PG information page on Moodle or by calling EBS Student Services on 01206873911