Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Ewan Mackenzie

Research Associate



I am a researcher in the sociology of work and employment. Currently I am working as a Research Associate investigating the organisation and provision of health and social care in NHS England. In 2016/17 I was also a lead researcher for an AHRC project investigating the nature of cultural work in the North East of England. I am an ethnographer with a specific interest in the history and politics of work in public and cultural sectors. My research explores the intersection between neoliberalism, austerity politics and everyday working life (both paid and non-paid), as well as the possibilities for alternatives. My PhD dissertation entitled ‘Governmentality in a UK local authority’ developed neo-Foucauldian theory to facilitate a critical approach to work and organisation in local government in the era of austerity. My work aims to widen the possibilities for addressing historical variants of studies of governmentality on the one hand, and the ways in which individuals and groups act, resist and respond to prevailing rationalities in their ‘everyday’ life and work on the other. 


PhD (Pass with no corrections)

MSc (Distinction) 

BA (Hons)


British Sociological Association 

European Group for Organizational Studies

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

2012: Outstanding paper award for the Making Projects Critical Conference, Manchester University (full bursary) 

2008-2009 Masters student of the year, Newcastle University

2008-2009 Research Scholarship to undertake Masters at Newcastle University 


Research Interests; 

Work (paid and non-paid)

Governmentality studies

Foucauldian Studies

Labour Process Theory

The Ethics of Work and Organisation in Public Sectors

Contemporary Continental Theory


Research Methods