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Darren Thomas Baker

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Business
Quinn School of Business
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1716 4711
Email: darren.baker@ucd.ie

Biography

Darren is Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Business and Society. He is a psychosocial scholar in the areas of Gender (Equality), Class (Social Mobility) and Leadership. He read for an MA at the University of Oxford and holds a PhD from the School of Business and Management, King's College London, where his research was collaboratively funded by the ESRC and ACCA. Darren has previously taught at Queen Mary University and King's College London. He also recently undertook a Visiting Fellowship at the Open University of Catalonia ('Universitat Oberta de Catalunya'). Before entering academia, Darren was a management consultant designing and delivering projects for FTSE 100 and 250 companies, and continues to advise organisations on issues concerning Equality, Diversity and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
 

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Professional

         

Conference Contributions

Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2017) The Psychic Life of Neoliberal Women: Splitting, Blaming and Perseverance. [Refereed Abstracts], Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society Annual Conference, Rutgers, New Brunswick (NJ) , 20-OCT-17 - 21-OCT-17.
Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2017) The Confidence Paradox. [International Refereed Conference], 10th International Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Liverpool , 03-JUL-17 - 05-JUL-17.
Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2016) Giving an account of oneself. [Refereed Abstracts], 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization Conference, Keele University , 26-JUN-17 - 01-JUL-17.
Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2016) Transmogrifying organisational space. [Refereed Abstracts], 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization Conference, Keele University , 29-JUN-17 - 01-JUL-17.
Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2016) Snakes and ladders: comparing the career trajectories of men and women in finance and accounting. [Refereed Abstracts], 9th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Gender, Work and Organization conference, Keele University , 29-JUN-17 - 01-JUL-17.
   

Education

Year 2017 Institution: Kings College London
Qualification: PhD Subject: Business and Management
Year 2012 Institution: Oxford University, UK
Qualification: MA Subject: Geography
         

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2017) 'Integrating Talent and Diversity Management' In: Collings, DG, Mellahi, K (eds). The Oxford Handbook of Talent Management. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2015) 'Policy and practice of diversity management in the workplace' In: Syed J, Ozbilgin MF (eds). Managing Diversity and Inclusion - An International Perspective. London, Los Angeles, New Deli: Sage Publications Ltd. [Details]
                                                                   

Working Paper

Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2017) Senses of the Subject: Mapping the Constellational Investments of the Neoliberal Persecutory Female Figure. Working Paper [Details]
Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2017) Phallocentric Women: Confidence, Castration and Fear of the Feminine. Working Paper [Details]
Baker, DT, Kelan, EK (2017) The Psychic Life of Neoliberal Women: Splitting, Blaming and Idealising. Working Paper [Details]
                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

Darren is a psychosocial scholar exploring the intersection between gender, class and leadership in organisations. His research draws on psychoanalytical theory for epistemological, methodological and ontological inspiration. His research explores both 'high' and 'low'-skilled service sector occupations to understand challenges around: (1) gender in organisations, (2) ethical leadership, including dynamics of compassion, responsibility and hate, and (3) social mobility, including dimensions of precarity and precariousness in organisations. 
 
Darren's previous project was sponsored by the ESRC and ACCA and explored the career mobility of men and women in finance and accounting in the UK, and sought to understand the challenges faced by women and men in the sector, and how this shaped their subjectivity. His next project shall explore social mobility, gender and leadership in low-skilled work from an international perspective.
 
Darren is currently exploring the following psychosocial ideas: 

Psychic dynamics of persecution versus responsibility and compassion
Knowning-Unknowingness/Unknown-Knowingness
Reverie
Collective psyche
Senses of the Subject
Melancholia
Feminist Theory 
Psychosocial Methodologies  

 
     

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