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Dr Jan Myers

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Jan is Associate Professor of Business & Society in the department of Leadership and Management.  She joined the University in 2014, initially within the Corporate and Executive Development Centre focussing on leadership, individual and organisational development. Previously Jan held scholarly academic and research posts both in the UK and Canada. She is currently departmental Head of Subject (Leadership).


Before moving into academia, Jan was a senior manager/executive director, trainer and consultant working in and with third sector and public sector organisations and start-ups both in the UK and internationally. She was part of a European network of expert practitioners and researchers on self help and mutual aid. She is/has been founder, director/trustee and board member for a number of social economy and public service organisations and continues to straddle research, practice, and teaching.


She is a Senior Fellow HEA, and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. She is an external examiner at Lincoln and Worcester Universities and adjunct DBA supervisor with Liverpool University.

Jan Myers

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CEE1, Room 408a


  • Human Resource Management PhD June 30 2006
  • Academic Fellow - Charted Institute of Personnel & Development (Academic FCIPD) - 2012-2020 Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
  • Fellow - Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) FCMI
  • Senior Fellow - Higher Education Authority (SFHEA)

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Reciprocal Relationships: the role of government and the social economy in co-production of social policy in Atlantic Canada, Myers, J., MacDonald, M. 1 Apr 2014, In: Canadian Public Policy
  • Prudence or speed, Best, S., Myers, J. 1 Aug 2019, In: Journal of Rural Studies
  • To Austerity and beyond! Third sector innovation or creeping privatisation of public sector services?, Myers, J. 1 Feb 2017, In: Public Money & Management
  • New Development, Myers, J., Maddocks, J. 2 Jan 2016, In: Public Money & Management
  • Kittens are Evil II: Little Heresies in Public Policy, Pell, C., Wilson, R., Lowe, T., Myers, J. 1 Jun 2020

PGR Supervision

  • Anita Garvey A Gramscian Study of Workplace Bullying and Hegemonic Power in a Marketised UK Public Sector: An Exploration of Bullied Targets’ Perspectives Start: 18/06/2018
  • Michelle Booth Start: 01/10/2017
  • Alexandra James . Start: 14/06/2016

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Jan’s research interests stem from her practice experience, and her doctoral research and include: individuals and organisational learning; social change leadership and sensemaking; member-based and member owned organisations; and participatory mechanisms in and between organisations, particularly in relation to place-based strategic policy contexts. 


    Jan’s doctoral research, undertaken with chief executives from third sector infrastructure organisations, aimed to describe and explain how these CEOs make sense of what they do. More specifically, to consider how concepts of self, Image and identity influence CEO thinking and capacity for action; how CEOs construct the concept of leadership and what effective leadership looks like for their sector; and how they manage, learn and enhance their practice.


    While at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia), Jan contributed to a SSHRC funded Canada wide research project - the Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network, and was responsible for mapping and policy analysis, specifically policies and actions that support bridging, bonding, and building between governments and the social economy in Atlantic Canada.


    On her return to the UK, Jan joined Cardiff Institute for Co-operative Studies, which as a research centre within a higher education institution aimed to raise the profile of social economic theory, social entrepreneurship and co-operative enterprise among academic colleagues and into mainstream management and business education. Contract research and knowledge transfer projects included:  review of the credit union in Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government; mutual solutions for public services (Co-operatives Wales); doctoral studies on co-housing; non-financial social accounting and impact reporting for housing association.


    Jan peer reviews for a number of journals/publishers. She was founding associate editor of the International Journal for HRD Practice, Policy & Research (ret. 2019) and has been editor in chief of the Journal of Co-operative Studies since 2014. She has been a recipient of best paper awards, Emerald Literati Awards and the Sam Aaronovitch Prize paper award.

  • Current doctoral candidates and recent completions


    Michelle Booth - RDF PhD Scholar - Inclusive entrepreneurship: Building a thriving social economy in the North-East. 

    This funded doctoral research project responds to calls to focus on cross-cutting solutions to tackle big issues as part of the region’s social and economic rejuvenation and for universities to contribute to strengthening the communities in which they are located. It will do this, in part, by identifying the characteristics and infrastructural conditions that support the development of flourishing and inclusive entrepreneurship (defined by the OECD as entrepreneurship that contributes to social inclusion to give all people an equal opportunity to start up and operate businesses).  It will seek to provide evidence of opportunities and potential (as well as risk and barriers) of place-based initiatives and policy infrastructure that provide an enabling eco-system for social economy and social enterprise. 


    Anita Garvey (Northumbria) - A Gramscian study of workplace bullying and hegemonic power in a marketed UK public sector: An exploration of bullied targets’ perspectives


    Kathryn Addicott (Cardiff Met) - This woman’s work: How women’s experience of managing and leading helps to develop understanding of entrepreneurial practice in Welsh small to medium voluntary organisations


    Steph Best (Cardiff Met) - Practitioners’ perceptions of the process of innovating in health and social care in rural Wales


    Hory Cojan (Cardiff Met) - Developing sustainable collaborative housing models for Wales


    Vivian Ikeckudu-Ifudu (Gloucestershire) - Engaged and disgruntled: Exploring the psychological contract of survivors of downsizing in the Nigerian retail banking sector


    Elias Shahda (Gloucestershire) - The impact of the external environment on public service motivation: Evidence from the Lebanese civil service



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