Dr Robyn Jelley


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Robyn recently completed a PhD within the People, Management and Organisation (PMO) division of Manchester Business School, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Her thesis sought to understand the continuing underrepresentation of women in the UK IT sector through the adoption of a qualitative, narrative 'life course' approach. This study explored the differential personal and professional barriers and opportunities facing male and female IT professionals; and examined how gender interrelates with changing social expectations, widespread flexible working and new career forms in this context. By establishing the ways in which these changes are actually helping or hindering women in developing IT careers, it contributed to understanding why female underrepresentation is so persistent - as well as informing new, more appropriate, solutions.

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Doctor of Philosophy, Gender and careers in Information Technology: A qualitative study, Alliance Manchester Business School (2014 - 2019)
  • 2011 - Master of Business Administration, MBus Global Business Analysis, Alliance Manchester Business School (2010 - 2011)
  • 2004 - Bachelor of Science, BSc Economics and Management, Cardiff Business School (2001 - 2004)