Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Ewan Mackenzie

Research Associate in the Sociology of Work and Employment



I am a researcher in the sociology of work and employment. My recent work has involved research into the psychic life of neoliberalism and working life amidst the politics of ‘austerity’ in public and cultural sectors. I am interested in the intersection between neoliberal rationalities and everyday working life (both paid and non-paid), and the possibilities and necessity for alternatives. In particular my work highlights the often mundane and intimate ways in which labour is implicated in its own demise and how naturalised patterns of work (such as free labour, the self as enterprise and 'efficiency' drives) undermine the value and potential of collective responses to social, economic and environmental crises. My work aims to widen the possibilities for addressing prevailing rationalities in relation to work and employment on the one hand, and the ways in which individuals and groups act, resist and respond to them in their ‘everyday’ life and work on the other.  


PhD (Pass with no corrections)

MSc (Distinction) 

BA (Hons)


British Sociological Association 

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 


2017-2018 British Sociological Association Early Career Forum regional event fund

2011-2015 Newcastle University scholarship to undertake PhD studentship


Research Interests; 

Work (paid and non-paid)

Governmentality studies

Labour process theory

Work and employment in cultural and public sectors

Environmental justice 

Precarious employment

Critical studies of higher education


Research Methods