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Dr Anna Brown

Anna Brown

BA (Hons), MLitt, PhD


Sub-Honours Director (Year 2)
Equality and Diversity Co-Director


Anna's research interests lie in processes of learning, and how people become skilled in and through practice. This incorporates embodied ways of knowing, reflexive practice, creativity, craft, and apprenticeship. Anna is also interested in developing qualitative research methods and has been experimenting with auto-ethnography and apprenticeship as a means of doing research.

Anna's research and approach to teaching draws on her practice as a professional ceramicist, and Fine Art training (BA(Hons) 2003). She is part of a collective that runs a ceramics gallery and studio in Edinburgh, and you can occasionally find her teaching short courses with the Edinburgh Ceramics Workshop. Anna also has professional experience in economic development and the public sector, having previously worked for the South West Regional Development Agency delivering the UK Government's Business, Innovation and Skills agenda in the South West of England.

Anna has a MLitt in Management in the Creative Industries (2012), and a PhD in Management (2017), both from the University of St Andrews. In April 2019 Anna was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award for innovation in her teaching.

Selected publications


Evaluation of Year 3, and the full three-years of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme: Evaluation Report
Brown, A. M., Dennis, A., Gordon, L. J., Howden, S. & Jindal-Snape, D., Sep 2017, QAA for Higher Education.
Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report



Skillful coping: processes of becoming and being in practice
Brown, A., Greig, G. J. & Ferraro, E. R., Jul 2017, Skillful Performance: Enacting Capabilities, Knowledge, Competence, and Expertise in Organizations. Sandberg, J., Rouleau, L., Langley, A. & Tsoukas, H. (eds.). Oxford University Press, (Perspectives on Process Organization Studies (P-PROS); vol. 7).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Sensing Bodies: The Aesthetics of Knowing and Practicing
Brown, A. M., Greig, G. J. & Ferraro, E. R., 2016, Knowledge and Practice in Business and Organizations. Orr, K., Nutley, S., Russell, S., Bain, R., Hacking, B. & Moran, C. (eds.). NY- London: Routledge, p. 89-102 14 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Conference presentations and papers

Brown A., (2017). Becoming a potter, becoming an academic: Apprenticeship as a means of grasping the logic of practice. European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS). ‘Long-shots and Close-ups: Organizational Ethnography, Process and History’, Copenhagen.

Brown A., (2017). Doing Process: Understanding becoming through becoming. 9th Process Research Symposium (PROS):  Institutions and Organizations: A Process View, Kos.

Brown, A, and Greig, G (2016). 'Intentionality and Becoming: the dynamics of forces and flows in the process of making'. 8th Process Research Symposium (PROS): Dualities, dialectics and paradoxes in organizational life, Crete

Brown, A, Greig, G and Ferraro, E (2016). 'Becoming a proper potter: apprenticeship as way to enhance the power of organizational ethnography'. 32nd European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) Colloquium. 'The Power of Organizational Ethnography' subtheme, Naples

Brown, A, Greig, G and Ferraro, E (2015). 'Finding Your Voice: processes of becoming and being in practice'. 7th International Process Research Symposium (PROS): Skillful Performance: Enacting Expertise, Competence, and Capabilities in Organizations, Kos