Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Victoria Pagan

Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management



Before joining the Business School in May 2011, Victoria worked for 9 years in commercial research and consultancy for the public sector, local government and non-departmental public bodies. Prior to this, she worked as a researcher for an audience development agency and as a learning support assistant within a local comprehensive school.

Current Roles and Responsibilities 

Module Leader: BUS 3051

LWO UG Senior Tutor 

DPD for Joint Honours Programmes


Previous Roles and Responsibilities

Research Assistant to the REF Taskforce, Newcastle University Business School

Research Assistant to Professor Charles Harvey, History and Practice of Entrepreneurial Philanthropy

Research Assistant to Dr Stefanie Reissner, ESRC project 'Managerial Storytelling in Practice: Dynamics and Implications


BA (Hons) Anthropology

MA Management

PGCert Academic Studies and Practice

PGCert Research Training

PhD Organisation Studies


Other activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Board Secretary to the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS)

Member of the editorial board of Business Ethics: A European Review

Member of the International Leadership Association Women's Leadership Committee and Communications Subcommittee



Research Interests

My current research interests are focused around: 

  • Knowledge: its generation, uses, and violations (epistemic violence, epistemic injustice)
  • Morality and ethics: the expression / suppression of moral emotions
  • Social justice: equality, equity, diversities, inclusion / exclusion
My work in progress involves an exploration of the uses, and impacts of the uses, of non-disclosure agreements in a range of workplace contexts, in terms of:
  • Implications for freedom in terms of restriction and liberation across work boundaries (employee/employer perspectives)
  • Metaphor and story as a way to resist their impact (NDAs murder knowledge, ghost stories remain)
  • Tensions between secrecy and transparency, understanding the space between the two
  • Voice – muting, silencing

My PhD used Bourdieusian theory to examine how socio-economic order is challenged by different forms of organizing, power relations and decision making in global debates.

In my previous research and consultancy role, I managed and delivered fieldwork on a range of projects for a number of clients. Example reports for which I was lead author are as follows.   

Scottish Arts Council: Review and Evaluation of the Quality Framework

Scottish Arts Council: Monitoring and Evaluation of the Cultural Co-ordinators in Scottish Schools Programme 

Scottish Arts Council: Final Reports - Cultural Coordinators in Scottish Schools Cultural Co-ordinators in Scottish Schools Programme: Monitoring Report - Executive Summary 

pfeg: Evaluation of What Money Means



Victoria has a keen interest in teaching and has previous experience of delivering learning in classroom and workshop settings. She has completed the Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Studies and Practice and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.