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Dr Maria Iancu

Research Fellow
Faculty of Business and Law
Research Supervision:

Maria is a qualitative Social Scientist, using critical social sciences to research and explore on the various new forms of work, sustainable consumption, and digitalisation of management and organisations. She is affiliated to the Centre for Research on the Organisation of Work and Consumption (CROWC) and is a Fellow of Advance HE.

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Maria studied Anthropology at University College London (UCL), where she trained in qualitative research methods, and particularly, ethnographic approaches.

Previously to joining the Faculty and Business and Law, she worked within the Veterans & Families Institute for Military Social Research (VFI) at ARU for the Caring and Coping 2 research project, funded by Blesma. She has also contributed to the preparation of the impact case statements for ARU’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 exercise.

Maria has a strong interest in impact and has engaged and collaborated with a range of stakeholders in the local government, construction industry, and office space owners.

Her current research projects address the articulation of new technologies and organisational management across the Global North/South divide, and the role of gender in the workplace.

Research interests
  • Future of work
  • Sustainable consumption
  • The digitisation of management, work and organisations
  • Innovation benefits realisation
Areas of research supervision

Maria has been involved in supervising and evaluating both PhD and professional doctorates. She is interested in supervising students on the following topics:

  • Gig Economy
  • Co-working Spaces
  • Gender in Labour
  • Ethnography of Workplaces
  • PG Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, ARU
  • PhD in Anthropology, UCL
  • MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology, UCL
Selected recent publications

Engward, H., Goldspink, S., Iancu, M., Kersey, T. and Wood, A. (2022) 'Togetherness in Separation: Practical Considerations for Doing Remote Qualitative Interviews Ethically', International Journal of Qualitative Methods. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/16094069211073212

Phillips, R., Durkin, M., Engward, H., Cable, G. and Iancu, M. (2022) 'The impact of caring for family members with mental illnesses on the caregiver: a scoping review', Health Promotion International, daac049. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/heapro/daac049