Portrait of Dr Rachel Cockman Dr Rachel Cockman

r.cockman@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471469


Position: Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies, Department of Management
Qualifications: PhD, MEng (Hons), PGCert, PGCLTHE, FHEA


I joined the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer in 2015. Having previously worked at Sheffield Hallam, where I taught on a range of Organisational Behaviour/Human Resource Management courses and undertook a funded doctorate.

My entrance into the higher education sector was via an ERDF project, in which I delivered and managed multidisciplinary consultancy projects with small and medium sized enterprises across Yorkshire and the Humber. Prior to which I worked in industry, delivering global and local, management, engineering and development projects for private and public sector clients.

Research and Scholarship

I am particularly interested in the notion of power and have been heavily influenced by the work of Foucault and his ideas about power, discourse and identities. My doctoral study explores the identities which are developed through the discourses of leadership and downshifting.

I have previously been involved in researching Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, and have written about innovation and knowledge transfer.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Rivers, L. and Cockman, R. (2017) ‘Cinderella's magic "bubble of happiness": Taming destructive leadership tasks through storytelling.’. In: 22nd Organisational Storytelling Seminar, 8th June 2017, University of Portsmouth


Cockman, R (2015) Leadership, downshifting and the experience of power in higher education Doctoral thesis, Sheffield Hallam University.

Ridley-Duff, R., Cockman, R., Hurst, J., Bull, M. and Gilligan, C. (2015) ‘Developing a critical appreciative process to review frameworks for social enterprise education’. In: International Social Innovation Research Conference, 6th - 8th September 2015, York, UK


Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Research Degree Supervision

I currently supervise 1 DBA and 1 PhD student.

I would be interested in supervising students who are studying:

  • Power
  • Identities
  • Critical approaches to leadership/the study of leadership
  • Critical understandings of work life balance
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Doctoral student experiences

Enterprise Activities

2011 Consultancy for a medium sized South Yorkshire company, £3350.

2010 Economic Challenge Investment Funding for the delivery of consultancy projects for two small South Yorkshire companies, £4500.

Teaching and Professional Activities

I am course leader for the Certificate in Management Studies.

I currently lead the following modules:

  • Managing Oneself: Personal Development
  • Personal and Professional Development

I teach across a range of modules including:

  • Managing Oneself: Personal Development
  • Managing People
  • Leadership, Process and Organisations
  • Management, Work and Society
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Undergraduate, Postgraduate and MBA Dissertation