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Dr Valerie Stead

Senior Lecturer in Management Learning and Leadership

Lancaster University

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 510932

Research overview

My research interests include gender and leadership, women's leadership and the learning of leadership. Taking a critical approach I draw on ideas of gender and power to explore the interrelations between micro level and macro level practices that shape individuals’  practice and learning of leadership. Through conducting empirical research I examine the dynamics of leadership learning in the workplace, to inform leadership and leadership development theory and practice.  Current research projects include an ESRC funded seminar series with Roehamopton and Bradford Universities  'Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)representations of Women Professionals and Leaders.'

I established and co-ordinate the research forum, the Academy for Gender, Work and Leadership.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students who wish to study gender and leadership, women's leadership, leadership learning, in particular from sociological and critical perspectives, including within the entrepreneurial context.

Current Teaching

I am the departmental Director of Teaching.  I teach on postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. My teaching includes research methods, consulting, learning design and dynamics, gender and leadership.  

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