Dr Anna Brown

Dr Anna Brown

Senior Lecturer

Researcher profile

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My research and approach to teaching draws on my background in craft work and Fine Art training (BA Hons 2003). My doctoral research followed my own journey to becoming a skilled potter as part of the Scottish craft industry. My interest in craft work continues, both professionally and personally, and I can often be found working with clay at the potter's wheel. Before beginning my academic career, I gained 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. 

I completed a MLitt in Managing in the Creative Industries (2012), and a PhD in Management Studies (2017), both at the University of St Andrews. 

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2019 I was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award for innovation in teaching. In 2021 I was awarded the Management Learning journal's best paper award for my article, 'The mark of the researcher's hand'.


  • MN2001 Management and Society
  • MN5510 Scenario Thinking and Strategy
  • MN4103 Creativity in Context Enterprise Project

Research areas

My research draws on processual and post-humanist theories to explore themes of skill, identity, and belonging in a variety of work contexts. I have particular interest in craft work, and the meaning of craft in contemporary society, with a focus on what the materiality of craft work and the process of making can reveal about how organising happens. I adopt qualitative methods, engaging in apprenticeship, ethnography, and auto-ethnography, as well as more experimental methods such as poetic inquiry.  My research has been published in internationally excellent journals including Management Learning, Industrial Marketing Management, and Gender Work and Organization; and I have been invited to present my work at leading international conferences including EGOS, PROS, and IMP Asia.

Selected publications


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