Dr Ilaria Boncori

Deputy Dean (Education) (Humanities) - Senior Lecturer
Essex Pathways
Dr Ilaria Boncori



I am a Senior Lecturer in Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship and I currently serve as Deputy Dean Education for the Faculty of Humanities. I started my academic career in 2005 at Shanghai University (China) before moving to the University of Essex in 2007 as a Lecturer, where after two years I took over the directorship of the International Diploma courses. Initially focused on 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, motherhood and miscarriage in organisations, and ethnic discrimination in entrepreneurial funding. These themes have been explored through organisational, sociological and psychoanalytic theories stemming from the work of Foucault, Bauman, Lazarus and Butler inter alia. I also have an interest in qualitative methods, particularly in autoethnography, which I often use together with semi-structured interviews and the analysis of secondary texts like films in order to explore concepts and contexts. Other information:: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013) Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (2016) Chair of the Essex LGBT Alliance (2016 to date). PhD students (completed): Costanza Cardullo: Formality and Informality in delegation processes of family businesses (co-supervised with L.M. Sicca) Davide Bizjak: Organizing diversity in organizations: from liminality to inclusion (co-supervised with L.M. Sicca)


  • 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 (Education), University of Essex (1/1/2018 - present)

Other academic

  • Senior Lecturer in Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, IA, University of Essex (1/10/2014 - present)

  • 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

The intersections between identity

processes of organising

non-binary gender identities in SMEs

motherhood and miscarriage in organisations

ethnic discrimination in entrepreneurial funding


Current research

Gender in organizations

gender identity

sexual orientation

equality and inclusion

race and ethnicity

ethnographic methods

Conferences and presentations

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 (6)

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. and Smith, C., (2019). Negotiating the doctorate as an academic professional: identity work and sense making through auto ethnographic methods. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-15

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 (4)

Boncori, I., Health and Wellbeing - The University of Essex Reader. Editoriale Scientifica

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 (7)

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

Grants and funding


The Body of Work

Wellcome Trust

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