Co-Lead, Research Theme 3: Employers’ and Employees’ Experiences of Digital Work Across Sectors
University of Sussex Business School
+44 (0)1273 678353

I am a sociologist of work, employment and organizations. I am interested in many different aspects of the contemporary world of work including the polarization of work, globalization and work, work and management in multinational corporations, transnational careers, retail employment, extreme vs. mundane work, social class and work, skills and training, work and identity, international human resource management, and most recently on repair work and work and skills in the green / circular economy. I have a PhD in Sociology and previously worked as a Lecturer at Lancaster University in the Department of Organization Work and Technology.

Research interests

Good work

  • Mundane jobs
  • Retail employment
  • Repair work and employment
  • Working in heritage
  • Globalization and work
Research articles

Bozkurt, Ödül and Cohen, Rachel Lara (2019) Repair work as good work: craft and love in classic car restoration training. Human Relations, 72 (6). pp. 1105-1128.

Bozkurt, Ödül and Stowell, Alison (2016) Skills in the green economy: recycling promises in the UK e-waste management sector. New Technology, Work and Employment, 31 (2). pp. 146-160.

Bozkurt, Ödül (2015) The punctuation of mundane jobs with extreme work: Christmas at the supermarket deli counter. Organization, 22 (4). pp. 476-492.

Bozkurt, Ödül (2012) Foreign Employers as Relief Routes: Women, Multinational Corporations and Managerial Careers in Japan. Gender, Work & Organization, 19 (3). pp. 225-253.

Bozkurt, Ödül and Mohr, Alexander T (2011) Forms of cross-border mobility and social capital in multinational enterprises. Human Resource Management Journal, 21 (2). pp. 138-155.

Higón, Dolores Añón, Bozkurt, Ödül, Clegg, Jeremy, Grugulis, Irena, Salis, Sergio, Vasiliakos, Nicholas and Williams, Allan M (2010) The Determinants of Retail Productivity: A Critical Review of the Evidence. International Journal of Management Reviews, 12 (2). pp. 201-217.


Grugulis, Irena and Bozkurt, Ödül (2011) Retail Work. Critical Perspectives on Work and Employment . Palgrave MacMillan, Basingstoke.

Working papers

Grugulis, Irena, Bozkurt, Ödül and Clegg, Jeremy (2010) ‘No place to hide’? The realities of leadership in UK supermarkets. Working Paper. SKOPE.

Digit researchers present at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting

5 September 2022

They participated in a special session discussing ‘The Future of Retail Work: Power and Voice after the E-commerce Revolution and the Pandemic’.

Coworking and the Future of Work – Extending the Debate Research and Stakeholder Workshop – 21-22 October 2022, Brighton

5 August 2022

Are you doing research on any aspect of coworking and coworking spaces and the future of work?

Planned Research working papers and delivery date

Transfer of Progressive HRM within a Retail Multinational (January 2020)

Meaningful Retail: Vintage Traders and Selling Nostalgia (April 2020)

Public engagement

Future of Work Brighton Co-Lab: Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science (November 2019)

Revving for the Future: Future of Skills in the UK Classic Motoring Sector Panel Discussions, Part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science (November 2018)