Portrait of Dr Viviana Meschitti Dr Viviana Meschitti

v.meschitti@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473856


Position: Lecturer in Management – Department of Management
Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA


Viviana joined the University of Huddersfield as a Lecturer in Management in October 2017; she is currently a member of the Organisation Studies group.

Previously she worked as a research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, on the EU-funded project TRIGGER, focused on investigating women underrepresentation in science; at Birkbeck she worked also as an associate lecturer to teach organisation theory.

She achieved her PhD at the University of Lugano (USI) in Switzerland, with a dissertation aimed at understanding research collaboration in teams.

Research and Scholarship

Viviana’s current research interests focus on the following topics in the area of organisation studies:

  • gender equality in higher education;
  • organisational learning and change;
  • communities of practice, team learning and group dynamics; 
  • professional identity;
  • leadership (with a focus on discursive leadership);
  • process and practice theory.

She privileges an interpretive perspective, hence relies on qualitative techniques (interviews, observations) and discourse analysis.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Meschitti, V (2018) ‘Can peer learning support doctoral education? Evidence from an ethnography of a research teamStudies in Higher Education . ISSN 0307-5079


Meschitti, V. and Lawton Smith, H. (2017) ‘Does Mentoring Make a Difference for Women Academics? Evidence from the Literature and a Guide for Future ResearchJournal of Research in Gender Studies , 7 (1), pp. 166-199. ISSN 2164-0262


Meschitti, V (2016) ‘The struggle for equality in academia. The gendered effects of an apparently innocent work allocation’. In: BAM2016 Conference Proceedings. : British Academy of Management. .


Lawton Smith, H. and Meschitti, V. (2015) ‘Transforming Institutions by Gendering Contents and Gaining Equality in Research (TRIGGER)International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship , 7 (3). ISSN 1756-6266


Meschitti, V. and Carassa, A. (2014) ‘Participation as a form of Socialisation How a Research Team Can Support Phd Students in Their Academic Path’. In: Global Challenges, Local Responses in Higher Education. Rotterdam: Sense. pp. 149-168. ISBN 9789462095816


  • Editorial board member, Journal of Research in Gender Studies (Addleton Academic Publishers)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies)
  • Member, BAM (British Academy of Management)

Research Degree Supervision

Viviana is interested to supervise projects that privilege an interpretive or critical perspective to the study of the following:

  • gender equality and diversity;
  • team and organisational learning;
  • leadership (with a focus on the discursive construction of leadership);
  • mentoring and coaching.

Viviana is currently involved in the Erasmus+ project SHARPEN, about human resource management in small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).

Teaching and Professional Activities

In the academic year 2017/18, I am involved in the following:

  • Behavioural approaches to work and society;
  • Cross-cultural management;
  • Research methods.