Dr Alina Baluch

Dr Alina Baluch

Deputy Head of School (Research)

Researcher profile

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I am a Senior Lecturer at the School of Management. I also serve as the Co-Deputy Head of School (Research) and Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and Public Good.

Prior to joining St Andrews in 2012, I worked as a Lecturer at the Leibniz Universitaet Hannover at the Institute of HRM where I received my PhD (summa cum laude) from the Faculty of Economics and Management. I was awarded an MA in European Studies from the Leibniz Universtitaet Hannover and graduated with high distinction from the University of Virginia, USA (BA in History).


  • MN2001 Management and Society
  • MN3213 Human Resource Management
  • MN5470 Managing Human Resources

Research areas

My research focuses on work and employment relations in voluntary sector organisations. I use qualitative research approaches to explore front-line social care work, nonprofit-business partnerships, philanthropic organisations, and more recently family-owned businesses. My research also focuses on theorizing in qualitative research methods. 

My current research on employment relations in the social care sector examines a range of workforce issues in the context of austerity. Recent projects have included a focus on digital technolgy in care work, the Fair Work agenda, the implementation of the Scottish Living Wage, work redesign, service personalisation, and contract withdrawal and the sustainability of employment conditions in adult social care providers.

I am also interested in questions concerning the role of philanthropy in the voluntary sector and the impact of professionalisation in philanthropic organisations. My research is situated within the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good (CSPPG), of which I am an Associate Director.

My research has been funded by ESRC, The British Academy, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, and the Ministry of Science and Culture in Lower Saxony. I have published in a range of journals such as the Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Management, Human Resource Management and the Journal of Applied Psychology. I also have written two monographs on managing nonprofit organisations, one research focussed (Routledge) and another a co-authored textbook (Palgrave Macmillan). My recent work on adult social care has been externally commissioned by policy and third sector organisations (e.g., Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland) and resulted in a series of reports on workforce issues in the social care sector. 

PhD supervision

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in the area of work and employment, particularly in social care and circular economy work. 

PhD supervision

  • Alyssa Wells

Selected publications


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