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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, leadership and the learning of leadership with a primary focus on women in or aspiring to postions of power. 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. Current research includes  examining the mobilisation of textual and visual representations of women's ledership in the media. and the  ESRC funded seminar series with Roehamopton, Newcastle and Bradford Universities  'Challenging Gendered Media Mis(s)representations of Women Professionals and Leaders.'

I established and am Director of 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.  

External Roles

UNESCO Visiting Scholar, George Washington University, Garaduate School of Education and Human Development

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