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For more details of our PhD programme (full and part-time options), visit the PhD Research Opportunities page or contact

We normally consider applications between November and May, and in most cases the doctoral programme will be full by the end of May. In exceptional circumstances, we may consider an application submitted after this date, subject to supervisory capacity in one of the Faculty’s Research Impact Groups.

List of potential supervisors

Potential Supervisor

Research Interests

Alex Fenton Digital transformation, social media, digital marketing, netnography and qualitative research.
Anna Sung Data analytics; fintech; digital transformation; microlearning. Artificial intelligence: AI model training and finetuning, AI applications in business and education.
Brian Gibbs Qualitative research into Professional image and identity and how professionals cope with their changing roles. Using Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) to investigate how the professions interact within organisational activity.
Connie Hancock Entrepreneurship education in HE setting; leadership and entrepreneurship. People Management.
David Acquaye Project finance; stock market reaction to news (event study); joint ventures and capital structure.
David Perrin

Applied business, management and leadership for professionals; experiential learning and reflective practice at work; HE systems and approaches; organisational behaviour and ambidexterity; political and economic theory; public policy.

Debbie Scott Experiential learning and reflective practice at work; study skills issues for distance; work-based learners; wellbeing, thriving and resilience at work.
Emmy Yeung Authenticity,  Cultural Heritage, Attractions, Tourism, Wellbeing, Neurodiversity, Events Management, Augmented and Virtual Reality.
Farid Ullah Entrepreneurship; economic growth, sustainability and development; entrepreneurship in conflict and difficult areas; religion, ethnic and female entrepreneurship.
Gina Holmes Applied business, management and leadership for professionals; experiential learning and reflective practice at work; organisational behaviour and ambidexterity; volunteers in the third sector and the psychological contract; wellbeing, thriving and resilience at work.
Gozde Turktarhan Smart technologies, branding, consumer behaviour, smart destinations, tourism marketing, destination marketing, service marketing, bibliometric research, quantitative research methods.
Henry Sidsaph Sustainable development; alternative food networks and entrepreneurship.
James Derbyshire Decision-making under uncertainty; scenario planning; non-probabilistic methods for assessing uncertainty; risk analysis; innovation; open innovation, innovation networks and external-knowledge sourcing; strategy and business growth; patenting; ambidexterity; social ontology; research methods; complexity science.
Jon Talbot Experiential learning and reflective practice at work; HE systems and approaches.
Julieanna Powell-Turner Environmental sustainability; sustainable supply chains; circular thinking; smart sustainable specialisation, environmental ecosystems through life, and People's Republic of China.
Kelvin Leong Data analytics; fintech; data mining; digital transformation; microlearning.
Kurt Allman Contemporary challenges in business strategy; creating and implementing strategy; business model use and application. Enterprising cultures and organisations, and leading complexity and change.
Lisa Rowe Applied business, management and leadership for professionals; experiential learning and reflective practice at work; intergenerational behaviours and tensions at work; leadership coaching and mentoring; organisational behaviour and ambidexterity; talent management; wellbeing, thriving and resilience at work.
Maeve Marmion Heritage Management; tourism, health, wellbeing, neurodiversity, and ageing; sustainability and sustainable development (SDGs); tourism ethics; social cause marketing; third sector management; and qualitative research methodologies.
Morven McEachern  Sustainable food production systems. Food and place. Sustainable/ethical production and consumption. Food insecurity - including the impact of austerity and poverty. Social business. Consumer behaviour and food (e.g. food waste, food preferences, meat consumption/reduction etc). Food labelling and quality schemes
Michal Izak  Flexible working discourses and their ideological underpinnings, organisational communication and ethnographic and narrative approaches to organisational analysis.
Muhammad Sanusi Market efficiency tests; financial market operations; stock market volatility analysis; asset pricing modelling; financial time series analysis, event studies, financial reporting and changes in financial reporting standards.
Neil Moore Applied business, management and leadership for professionals, experiential learning and reflective practice at work, intergenerational behaviours and tensions at work, leadership coaching and mentoring, organisational behaviour and ambidexterity, talent management, wellbeing, thriving and resilience at work, sport management.
Pippa Weston Applied business, management & leadership for professionals; experiential learning and reflective practice at work; organisational behaviour and ambidexterity, wellbeing, thriving and resilience at work.
Tim Brown Charity fundraising; charitable events; events management and operations; event logistics; experiential learning in events; event marketing; economic impact of events; socio-cultural impacts of events.
Trevor Omoruyi Performance management; leadership, motivation theories; service marketing; relationship marketing; retail management; higher education marketing; service dominant logic; Sustainable Marketing and Sustainability in HE.

Awards and Rankings

  • Top 10 in the UK for postgraduate research according to the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2019. 
  • Ranked 201+ in European Teaching Rankings 2019 (Times Higher Education Rankings)

The University of Chester is also the winner of:

Chester Business School is a member of AACSB and CABS. The school is also an advanced Signatory of the Principles for Responsible Management Education.


PhD Programme

Prof Kelvin Leong

DBA/DProf Programme Dr Lisa Rowe