Dr Lauren McCarthy is a Senior Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Director of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise. She joined Bayes Business School in September 2022, following previous roles at Royal Holloway, University of London, Copenhagen Business School, and The University of Nottingham, where she was awarded her PhD.
Dr McCarthy's research explores the relationship between business, gender and responsibility, particularly in global supply chains. She often works alongside business and NGOs on current challenges they are facing. Lauren is also interested in how feminist movements interact with the private sector. Lauren has researched cocoa in Ghana, cotton in India, gold in Tanzania, and was recently co-investigator on the ReFashion study in Cambodia, funded by ESPRC and led by Prof Katherine Brickell (Royal Holloway University of London). The study investigated the impacts of COVID19 on garment workers, particularly women, in Cambodia (2020-2022). See www.refashionstudy.org for more. Lauren is currently researching social media and feminist social movements, as well as refocusing her gender research in supply chains by exploring the role of men as gender allies.
Lauren is passionate about teaching CSR, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion education within Business Schools. She enjoys advocating for innovative qualitative research methods, particularly focusing on visual and/or participatory methods and welcomes applications from potential PhD students exploring feminism, CSR and/or inequality in various contexts.
- PhD, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
- Director of ETHOS: The Centre for Responsible Enterprise, Sep 2023 – present
- Co-convenor of Standing Working Group on 'Organizing Social Responsibilities in Contested Times', European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), Jan 2019 – Jul 2022
- External Examiner, The University of Bath, Apr 2023 – present
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Gender & Diversity Management
- Supply Chain Management
- food & drink
- Africa - Western
- Asia - Southeast
Attendance: Sep 2019 – present, full-time
Thesis title: Consumer practices towards sustainable fashion in India
Role: External Supervisor
Attendance: Sep 2018 – Apr 2022, full-time
Role: 2nd Supervisor
Further information: Supervised at Royal Holloway, University of London.
Co-authored 'Drawing Together, Thinking Apart: Reflecting on our use of visual participatory research methods' in Empowering Methodologies in Organisational and Social Research (Routledge, 2021)
- Brickell, K., Chhom, T., Lawreniuk, S., McCarthy, L., Mony, R. and So, H. (2023). Doing feminist longitudinal research across the COVID‐19 crisis: Unheard impacts on researchers and garment workers in Cambodia. Area. doi:10.1111/area.12885.
- Grosser, K., McCarthy, L. and Kilgour, M.A. (2017). Gender Equality and Responsible Business Expanding CSR Horizons. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-351-28634-3.
- Grosser, K., McCarthy, L. and Kilgour, M.A. (Eds.), Gender Equality and Responsible Business. Routledge.
- McCarthy, L. and Patel, D. (2021). Drawing Together, Thinking Apart: Reflecting on our use of visual participatory research methods. In Bell, E. and Singh Sengupta, S. (Eds.), Empowering Methodologies in Organisational and Social Research Routledge India. ISBN 978-0-429-35249-2.
- McCarthy, L. and Mena, S. (2020). Institutional work and (ir)responsible management. Research Handbook of Responsible Management Edward Elgar Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78897-195-9.
Journal articles (12)
- McCarthy, L. and Grosser, K. (2023). Breaking isolation: Consciousness-raising as a methodology for academic activism. Organization, 30(5), pp. 1152–1167. doi:10.1177/13505084231166172.
- Brickell, K., Lawreniuk, S., Chhom, T., Mony, R., So, H. and McCarthy, L. (2022). ‘Worn out’: debt discipline, hunger, and the gendered contingencies of the COVID-19 pandemic amongst Cambodian garment workers. Social & Cultural Geography. doi:10.1080/14649365.2022.2055778.
- McCarthy, L. and Glozer, S. (2022). Heart, Mind and Body: #NoMorePage3 and the Replenishment of Emotional Energy. Organization Studies, 43(3), pp. 369–394. doi:10.1177/0170840621994501.
- (2021). Contesting Social Responsibilities of Business: Experiences in Context. Human Relations, 74(12), pp. 2165–2171. doi:10.1177/00187267211019277.
- McCarthy, L., Soundararajan, V. and Taylor, S. (2021). The hegemony of men in global value chains: Why it matters for labour governance. Human Relations, 74(12), pp. 2051–2074. doi:10.1177/0018726720950816.
- (2021). Contesting Social Responsibilities of Business: Experiences in Context. Human Relations, 74(5), pp. 781–787. doi:10.1177/0018726721994527.
- Grosser, K. and McCarthy, L. (2019). Imagining new feminist futures: How feminist social movements contest the neoliberalization of feminism in an increasingly corporate‐dominated world. Gender, Work & Organization, 26(8), pp. 1100–1116. doi:10.1111/gwao.12267.
- McCarthy, L. (2018). “There is no time for rest”: Gendered CSR, sustainable development and the unpaid care work governance gap. Business Ethics: A European Review, 27(4), pp. 337–349. doi:10.1111/beer.12190.
- McCarthy, L. and Moon, J. (2018). Disrupting the Gender Institution: Consciousness-Raising in the Cocoa Value Chain. Organization Studies, 39(9), pp. 1153–1177. doi:10.1177/0170840618787358.
- McCarthy, L. and Muthuri, J.N. (2018). Engaging Fringe Stakeholders in Business and Society Research: Applying Visual Participatory Research Methods. Business & Society, 57(1), pp. 131–173. doi:10.1177/0007650316675610.
- McCarthy, L. (2017). Empowering Women Through Corporate Social Responsibility: A Feminist Foucauldian Critique. Business Ethics Quarterly, 27(4), pp. 603–631. doi:10.1017/beq.2017.28.
- McCarthy, L. (2014). Resistance to Institutional Work: Power and Gender in the Fair Trade Cocoa Value Chain. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2014(1), pp. 10333–10333. doi:10.5465/ambpp.2014.202.
- Lawreniuk, S., Brickell, K. and McCarthy, L. (2022). Building Forward Worse: How COVID-19 has accelerated the race to the bottom in the global garment industry. Surrey, UK: Royal Holloway University of London.
- Lawreniuk, S., Brickell, K. and McCarthy, L. Who wears the costs of the UK’s Black Friday bonanza? Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
Editorial activity (2)
- Editorial Board Member for Business & Society, Editorial Board Member for Business & Society, Jun 2021 – present.
- Social media and communications editor for the Journal of Business Ethics, Social Media Editor for Journal of Business Ethics, Jan 2020 – Jan 2023.