Dr Kerrie Howard

Personal profile

I joined Royal Holloway, University of London in October 2021. I’m involved in the delivery of Undergraduate to Postgraduate teaching, dissertation supervision and writing new modules at Undergraduate level (Final Year Module).


I hold a PhD and an MBA from the University of Bath. Prior to becoming an academic I worked as an independent consultant working with the non-profit sector and businesses on their social agendas. Working mostly at international level my clients included UN Women, the United Nations Capital Fund and the United Nations Population Fund. Providing advice to senior managers on strategy development and implementation, as well as organizational development I supported the development of regional and international level planning. Prior to consulting I worked as a program director in the international non-profit sector overseeing complex research projects and cross-sector collaborations with diverse multi-sector groups in the human rights and humanitarian sector, often in hostile environments and crisis contexts. I’ve worked with a wide range of sectors including United Nations agencies, international NGOs, businesses, academia, governments, charities, community organizations, religious bodies and professional bodies, such as judicial and health specialists.


The combination of my research interests and work experience have led me to a particular interest in what and how organizations contribute to society, a focus that I explored in my PhD research by investigating what middle managers do with corporate social responsibility.


Currently I lead a research project on the redeployment of civil servants in the public sector during the pandemic. The aim of this project is to understand how individuals adapted and applied their know-how to meet the challenge of resolving problems in contexts of crisis that were fast moving, unknown and unstructured.


PhD supervision

I welcome supervision of students in the broad area of organisational studies including: strategy-as-practice; identities; corporate social responsibility; ethics; knowledge management; practice and process studies; and discourse studies.

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