Personal profile


I am a senior lecturer in Organization Studies and HRM at Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth. I joined Portsmouth Business School in July 2019 after working at Keele Business School, University of Keele.  I was awarded a PhD in Management from University of Keele for my ethnographic work on the role of social capital and community leadership in post-disaster community reconstruction in Japan.  I previously worked in an international trading company in Japan, which offered great insights into understanding management theory and practice.

Qualifications:    PhD; MSc (Distinction); MA; BA; PGDIP; FHEA

Teaching Responsibilities

I have been teaching across a range of subject areas including in Organizational Behaviour, International Business, IHRM and Research Methods at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

Teaching involves:

  • Responsible and Sustainable Business (Level 6 )
  • Leadership, Ethics Governance and Sustainability (Level 5)
  • Research Methods  (Level 7)
  • Critical Leadership: theoretical perspective and practical perspectives (Level 6)
  • Cultural awareness for business (Level 6)
  • Managing People in Organization (Level 4)

Research Interests

My PhD is an ethnographic study which explores community practices in disaster stricken areas in Japan. The aim is to gain a deeper understanding of how local communities rebuild from within in the aftermath of natural disasters by focusing on the role of social capital and community leadership in supporting community business recovery and building resilience within the Japanese social cultural context. 

I am a researcher who enjoys working in an interdisciplinary fashion. My research builds on knowledge from a range of academic fields such as cross-cultural management, business ethics, community resilience and sustainability, post-disaster tourism, disaster cultural heritage, community leadership, alternative organizations, management education and human capital development in disaster settings, as well as place-based identity and destination management. Currently I am very interested in further research on collective memory and disaster cultural heritage in Japan using ethnographic approach.

My research has been published in Journal of Sustainable Tourism, International Journal of Project Management and Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services (Book chapter)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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  • Critical Tourism Studies:

    Yiwen Lin (Presented paper) & Mihaela Kelemen (Presented paper)

    27 Jun 20221 Jul 2022

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