Dr Sophie Hales

EBS - Organisation Studies and Human Resource Management
Dr Sophie Hales
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    +44 (0) 1206 872402

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    EBS.3.127F, Colchester Campus



Dr Sophie Hales is a Lecturer in Organization Studies at Essex Business School. She joined the Business School in April 2019, having previously held a Senior Lectureship in Management at Anglia Ruskin University. Her research interests include gender, sexuality and the body in organizations; lived experiences of work; emotional, aesthetic and sexualised labour, and organizational space and materiality. She received her PhD from the University of Essex in 2017. Her research, which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, focused on lived experiences of women working in the UK strip industry. Sophie has published widely on her research in leading academic peer-reviewed journals such as Organization Studies and Organization as well as contributing chapters in edited books including The Handbook of Age, Diversity and Work. She regularly presents her work at international conferences such as the Gender, Work and Organization Conference and the International Critical Management Studies Conference.


  • PhD Management University of Essex,

  • MRes Management Research University of Essex,

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching Anglia Ruskin University,

  • BSc Psychology University of Essex,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Emotional, aesthetic and sexualized labour in interactive service work

Open to supervise

Gender, sexuality and embodiment at work

Open to supervise

Lived experiences of sexualized forms of work

Open to supervise

Gender, sexuality and the body in work organizations

Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Team based learning: Synergies with leadership development in undergraduate students

Invited presentation, TeachMeet, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 25/1/2018

Staging sexuality: Encoding, embedding and enacting lap dancing work

10th International Critical Management Studies Conference, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 3/7/2017

Stripping it back: Encoding, embedding and embodying the lap dancing industry

Quadrangular Conference: Organizational Practices within Contemporary Landscapes, Lancaster, United Kingdom, 14/9/2015

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Organisational Behaviour (BE410)

  • Organisational Identities (BE494)


Journal articles (4)

Hales, S. and Galbally, P., (2023). Messing up research: A dialogical account of gender, reflexivity and governance in auto-ethnography. Gender, Work and Organization. 30 (5), 1491-1512

Tyler, M. and Hales, S., (2022). Heroism and/as injurious speech: Recognition, precarity and inequality in health and social care work. Gender, Work and Organization. 29 (4), 1199-1218

Hales, S., Riach, K. and Tyler, M., (2021). Close Encounters: Intimate service interactions in lap dancing work as a nexus of ‘self-others-things’. Organization Studies. 42 (4), 555-574

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

Book chapters (2)

Hales, S., Galbally, P. and Tyler, M., Lost for words: Difficult conversations about ethics, reflexivity and research governance. In: Difficult Conversations: A Feminist Dialogue. Editors: Ryan-Flood, R., James-Hawkins, L. and Crowhurst, I., . Routledge

Hales, S. and Riach, K., (2016). From age diversity to embedded ageing: Exploring and addressing aged assumptions in organizational practices. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Age Diversity and Work. Editors: Parry, E. and McCarthy, J., . Palgrave Macmillan. 111- 132. 978-1-137-46779-9

Other (1)

Hales, S., (2015).Book review: Ageing, corporeality and embodiment, C. Gilleard and P. Higgs and Fashion and age: Dress, the body and later life, J. Twigg.. Gender, Work and Organization. 22(5),Wiley

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