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Dr Carolyn Downs

Senior Lecturer

Carolyn Downs

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 510939

Research overview

Dr Carolyn Downs is a senior lecturer in Lancaster University Management School, visiting professor at the University of Lodz, Poland and the director of several EU-funded research projects. Currently she is the Engagement Director of the Marketing department and a member of the senior management team. Within Lancaster University, she is a member of two research centres; the Centre for Consumption Insights and theme lead for Computing and Society in the Lancaster Intelligent, Robotics and Autonomous Systems Centre. Her research interests are underpinned by a common methodological approach, which is Participatory Action Research, and include work-based learning (WBL), with an active research group sharing practice and knowledge across HE and industry, enterprise education, innovation, the uses (consumption) of technology, sociology of consumption (particularly of risky leisure), the care industry (workforce issues and business models) and business history. She is a leading media commentator on gambling issues and advises the Department of Media, Culture and Sports on the topic.

PhD supervision

Sociological and business-based approaches to gambling, entrepreneurship and enterprise education, organisation and management of healthcare services, business history.

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