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Maria Daskalaki

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Personal profile



I joined Roehampton Business School as Professor of Organization Studies in September 2017. I got an MA in Organisational Analysis and Behaviour from Lancaster University and a PhD in Organisation Studies from Royal Holloway, University of London.

My work has been published in various journals including Human Relations, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, Business and Professional Ethics Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Culture and Organisation and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. I have also published chapters in edited volumes by Palgrave (2003) and Routledge (2014).

Research interests

Social and Solidarity Economy (social enterprises, workers’ cooperatives, civil society and community organizations and solidarity initiatives); Identity and Organization Theory; Social Networks and Social Entrepreneurship; Auto-ethnographic approaches in Organisation Studies; Grassroots organising and social movements; Feminist Activism and Critical Management Studies; Post-work imaginaries and alternative organisations; Critical urban theory and social transformation.

Research projects

The two ongoing projects that I currently lead are:

(1) Alternative Organizational Forms and Social Transformation in times of Crisis (funded by the British Academy of Management).

This project explores new forms of organizing (and organisation-creation) in relation to entrepreneurship and social transformation. In particular, we attempt to study the ways through which social transformation is or can be related to community action and public/social entrepreneurship. By focusing on contemporary socio-economic environments in flux, we explore different alternative initiatives not as oppositional resistance forces, but new organizing assemblages that co-constitute new socialities that urgently need to be actualized. We aim to propose a framework, which can pave the way towards embedded and socially transformative organizing.  The project includes the following strands: a) Unemployment and identities; b) Unemployment and careers transformation; c) Public entrepreneurship and organisation-creation; d) Solidarity Spaces and Structures of Autonomy and e) Organizing, Values Practices and Solidarity Economy. The findings are published in various academic journals, such as Organization Studies and Human Relatons, and presented also in a vodcast for Human Relations:


(2) Stories On the Move: Translocal Work & Digital Communities of Practice

In this project, explores translocal careers and mobility as organizational phenomena by considering the effects of cosmopolitan careers on personal and professional identities. We focus on translocal identities that enact and perform intermediate spaces where temporary displacement and perpetual translocation may not only be inevitably experiences but also actively pursued by individual employees/organizations. We want to explore further how mobility/translocal experiences in general have wide-ranging implications for our understanding of work, management, leadership, careers and organizing. The project also includes an online platform, a ‘blog of blogs’ where participants can to tell their own stories of living and working across borders (personal ‘mini-blogs’). In this virtual space, the project participants engage with other participants to help shape the emerging landscape of mobile work patterns and cosmopolitan careers. You can access the page of the project here:

In the past, I participated in an ESRC project on Gender in the Creative Industries as well as a project funded by Reed Employment Agency on Labour Turnover in MNCs in the UK. 

Finally, I am a member of the Caravan Project, a project that enhances community engagement and transformative social action through fostering spaces of/for storytelling (


In my previous academic roles, I designed and led several UG and PG modules (MBA, MA in the Creative Economy, MSc Internatioanl HRM and MBA) and supervised to completion students in the PhD programme. Also, for a number of years, I was  the Academic Director of International Collaborations at Kingston Business School, Kingston University.

In my current role, as a member of the People and Organisations subject cluster at Roehampton Business School, I teach Ethics and Responsible Managmenent and Research Methods.

Professional affiliations

I am a FHEA and an Academic Member of CIPD.

Education/Academic qualification

Royal Holloway University of London

Award Date: 20 Apr 2001

Lancaster University

Award Date: 1 Sep 1997


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Organization Studies
  • Politics of organizing
  • Resistance Studies
  • Post-capitalism

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Research Output

Politicizing the body in the anti-mining protest in Greece

Fotaki, M. & Daskalaki, M., 13 Feb 2020, In : ORGANIZATION STUDIES.

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Vodcast: Unemployment as a Liminoid Phenomenon

Daskalaki, M., 1 Sep 2019

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Performing Values Practices and Grassroots Organizing: The Case of Solidarity Economy Initiatives in Greece

Daskalaki, M., Fotaki, M. & Sotiropoulou, I., 22 Oct 2018, In : ORGANIZATION STUDIES.

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Resilience and Post-Capitalist Organizing:Towards self-reproducing movements

Daskalaki, M., 22 Mar 2018, (Unpublished).

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Social & Solidarity Economy in Crisis: An Ethnographic Analysis of New Forms of Organizing

Maria Daskalaki (Recipient) & Marianna Fotaki (Recipient), 20 Dec 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively