Biography

I am an organisational ethnographer, specialising in study of the interactions between the human and nonhuman elements of business. Recent research projects have included studies of food production and agriculture, disease control, veterinary care and professionalism,  among others. I have been at Keele University since 2006 when I was awarded a doctoral scholarship. Since then I have authored and edited several books (Animals at Work, Ethnography after Humanism and Contemporary Issues in Management) and articles in journals including Organization, Journal of Organizational Ethnography, New Technology Work and Employment. I am a member of the Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre at Keele (CASIC) and have recently become chief editor of its Working Paper Series.

Research and scholarships

I am currently supervising a number of doctoral students working in areas of the sociology of health work, youth and community policy and ethnography.

Teaching

Identity, Culture and Organisation (third year). A fascinating final year module which takes students through the key principles of individual identity formation to a better understanding of the complex ways in which people relate to each other at work.

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Selected Publications

  • Hamilton LA, Allcock J, Evans N. 2018. ‘I don’t go to Meetings’: Understanding Farmer Perspectives on Bovine TB and Biosecurity Training. The Veterinary record. doi> full text>
  • Hamilton LA. 2017. Bridging the divide between theory and practice: Taking a co-productive approach to vet-farmer relationships. Food Ethics. doi> link> full text>
  • Mitchell L and Hamilton L. Dignity and species difference within organisations. In Dignity and the organization. Kostera M and Pirson M (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Hamilton LA and Taylor N. 2017. Ethnography after Humanism: Power, Politics and Method in Multi-species Research. Palgrave Macmillan. doi> link>
  • Hardie-Bick J, Bonner, P, Mitchell L, Fraser H, Dashper K, Goodwin Hawkins B, Emery S, Carrithers M, Hamilton L. 2016. Countryside Lives: Symbolic Terrain.

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Books

  • Hamilton LA and Taylor N. 2017. Ethnography after Humanism: Power, Politics and Method in Multi-species Research. Palgrave Macmillan. doi> link>
  • Hamilton L, Mitchell L, Mangan A. Hamilton L, Mitchell L, Mangan A (Eds.). 2014. Contemporary Issues in Management. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Hamilton LA and Taylor N. 2013. Animals at Work: Identity, politics and culture in work with animals. Boston, USA: Brill Academic Publishers.

Journal Articles

  • Hamilton LA, Allcock J, Evans N. 2018. ‘I don’t go to Meetings’: Understanding Farmer Perspectives on Bovine TB and Biosecurity Training. The Veterinary record. doi> full text>
  • Hamilton LA. 2017. Bridging the divide between theory and practice: Taking a co-productive approach to vet-farmer relationships. Food Ethics. doi> link> full text>
  • Hamilton LA and McCabe DARREN. 2016. ‘It’s Just a Job’: Understanding Emotion Work, De-animalization and the Compartmentalization of Organized Animal Slaughter. Organization: the critical journal of organization, theory and society, vol. 23(3), 330-350. doi> link> full text>
  • Hopfl H, Hamilton L, Brannan M. 2017. A gendered perspective on Learning to Labour. CULTURE AND ORGANIZATION, vol. 23(2), 85-94. link> doi> full text>
  • Kelemen M and Hamilton LA. 2015. The Role of Creative Methods in Re-defining the Impact Agenda. CASIC Working Paper Series. link> full text>
  • Hamilton LA. 2015. Editorial; Ethnography beyond the Country and the City: Understanding the Symbolic Terrain of Rural Spaces. Ethnography. doi> full text>
  • Hamilton LA and McCabe D. 2015. ‘The Kill Programme’: An Ethnographic Study of the “Dirty Work” of Meat Inspectors in a Slaughterhouse. New Technology, Work and Employment, vol. 30(2), 95-108. doi> full text>
  • Hamilton LA. 2013. The magic of mundane objects: Culture, identity and power in a country vets’ practice. The Sociological Review, vol. 61, 265-284. doi>
  • Hamilton LA and Taylor N. 2012. Ethnography in evolution: Adapting to the animal 'other'in organizations. Journal of organizational ethnography, vol. 1(1), 43-51. doi>
  • Hamilton LA. 2012. Purity in danger: Power, negotiation and ontology in medical practice. International Journal of Organizational Analysis, vol. 20(1), 95-106. link> doi>
  • HAMILTON LA. 2007. Muck and Magic: Cultural transformations in the world of farm animal veterinary surgeons. Ethnography, vol. 8(4), 485-501. doi>
  • Hamilton LA, Sang K, Sayers J. Editorial to the Special Issue of Gender, Work and Organization. Gender, Work and Organization. doi> full text>
  • Hamilton LA and Surman EL. Growing Consumers Through Production and Play: A Phenomenological Exploration of Food Growing in the School Foodscape. Sociology. full text>

Chapters

  • Mitchell L and Hamilton L. Dignity and species difference within organisations. In Dignity and the organization. Kostera M and Pirson M (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Hamilton LA. 2011. Ethnography in Context. In Ethnography in Context - Volume two. Hobbs D (Ed.). Sage Publications Limited.

Other

  • Hardie-Bick J, Bonner, P, Mitchell L, Fraser H, Dashper K, Goodwin Hawkins B, Emery S, Carrithers M, Hamilton L. 2016. Countryside Lives: Symbolic Terrain.
  • Hamilton LA. 2015. Book Review Article: When I ask myself these questions. doi>
  • Hamilton LA. 2011. Book Review: Barbara Czarniawska, A Theory of Organizing Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press, 2008, £15.95 pbk (ISBN: 9781847205841), 153 pp. link> doi>
  • Hamilton L, Sang K, Sayers J. Special Issue: Animals, Gender and Work.
  • Hamilton L, Sang K, Sayers J. Special Issue: Animals, Gender and Work.