Research Fellow
University of Leeds

I am a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds Business School. Prior to joining Leeds, I held a research post at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, where I was part of an industry funded project exploring work in sub-prime financial services. This research focused on the home-collected credit industry, in particular the work of self-employed collection agents; gaining insights into the changing nature of their work, their experiences and identities, and the digitalisation of their labour process. My other core research interests lie in the sociology of work and employment, with particular focus on diversity and (in)equality in the workplace. My doctoral research employs sociological theory to explore social class, impression management and identities in the Scottish legal sector.

Research Interests
  • Sociology of work and employment
  • Technology and the future of work
  • Professions and occupations
  • Diversity and (in)equality
Research articles

Terry, E., Marks, A., Dakessian, A., & Christopoulos, D. (2021). Emotional Labour and the Autonomy of Dependent Self-Employed Workers: The Limitations of Digital Managerial Control in the Home Credit Sector. Work, Employment and Society.,36(4), 665-682. DOI: 10.1177/0950017020979504

Marks, A., Terry, E., Canduela, J., Dakessian, A., & Christopoulos, D. (2022). Feminized cultural capital at work in the moral economy: Home credit and working‐class women. Gender, Work & Organization. DOI: 10.1111/gwao.12892

Marks, A., & Terry, E. (2022). Examining ‘dirty work’ using an analysis of place and territorial stigma: low-income communities and the home credit sector. Work in the Global Economy, 2(1), 46-62. DOI: 10.1332/273241721X16506340442240

Other publications

Russell, E., Murphy, C., & Terry, E. (2022). What Leaders Need to Know Before Trying a 4-Day Work Week. Harvard Business Review, 27th May [Article]. Available at:

Murphy, C., & Terry, E. (2022). Moving beyond lip service on work life balance: are UK workers being left behind on the right to disconnect? Digital Futures at Work Research Centre, 17th January [Blog]. Available at:

Researchers present at BUIRA conference 2022

30 June 2022

Digit researchers discuss their work at the BUIRA Annual Conference

New article on the 4-day work week in Harvard Business Review

27 May 2022

Researchers address what leaders need to know about the 4-day work week

Conference presentations

Terry, E. (2022). ‘Challenging deficit discourse in the professions: Lawyers’ non-dominant cultural capital and the implications for diversity and inclusion’. British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) Annual Conference, Birmingham, 28-30 June.

Kirk, E., & Terry, E. (2022). ‘(De)professionalisation, occupational closure and ‘the law’: evolving professional projects in HR and legal services’. International Labour Process Conference, Padua, 21-23 April.

Terry, E. (2021). ‘Digitally led deprofessionalisation? Responses (and resistance) to digital change in the Scottish legal sector’. International Labour Process Conference, Online, 12-14 April.

Terry, E., Marks, A., Dakessian, A., & Christopoulos, D. (2019) ‘Grey-zones of work in sub-prime finance: How regulation and app-based digital technologies govern self-employed collection agents in the home credit industry’. International Labour Process Conference, Vienna, 24-26 April.

Terry, E., & Marks, A. (2019) ‘When professional self and class background clash: Identity dissonance amongst Scottish lawyers and the mediating role of gender’. BSA Annual Conference, Glasgow, 24-26 April.

Terry, E., & Marks, A. (2018) ‘Social Class, Impression Management and Capitals: Exploring how lawyers in the Scottish legal sector use class during professional interactions’. BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference, Belfast, 12-14 September.