Fearfull, Anne


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Anne joined the School as a Senior Lecturer in January 2010 from the School of Management, the University of St. Andrews. Prior to that, she held posts at Manchester School of Management, UMIST and Leeds University Business School, the University of Leeds. She began her academic career in 1990 lecturing at Blackburn College and Manchester School of Management whilst researching for a PhD in Organisational  Sociology. Anne has eclectic research and teaching interests within the broad field of Organisational Sociology. She teaches on, and is the Director of, the Undergraduate Business Management Programmes in the School of Business.

PhD Examining

Anne has been External Examiner for 2 PhD theses, one at Manchester School of Management, UMIST, on the Investors in People initiative (1999) and the other at the University of Central England on the impact of post-Fordism on the organisation of work for non-professional NHS workers (2001). In addition she has been Internal Examiner for 6 PhDs for St Andrews Doctoral Candidates.

PhD Supervision

Anne has been the Primary Supervisor for six successful PhD projects, incorporating both full- and part-time students, and in addition has successfully supervised numerous dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate (MA, MBA, MSc and MLitt) levels.   



Research Interests

Organisational Sociology encompassing:

•    Critical Management
•    Identity, Structure and Agency
•    Accountability
•    Delivery and Management of Healthcare
•    Interpretivist Methodology

Research Grants

•    July 2012-December 2012 £10,000 NHS Tayside Older Patients’ Care Collaborative (OPAC) project



•    Module leader on Level 2 Management Concepts in Context
•    Module Leader on Level 3 Research Methods in Business Management
•    Module Leader on Level 4 Managing Human Rights
•    Team member on Level 4 Social and Environmental Accounting and Reporting
•    Team member on Level 4 Dissertation in Business Management


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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