Sophie Hales


Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

Department:School of Management

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Business Management , Leadership and management

Sophie Hales is a lecturer in management at ARU, based at our business school in Chelmsford. She specialises in management research, organizational behaviour and critical approaches to management.


Sophie holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, MRES in Management Research and a PhD in Management Studies. Her Masters and PhD studies were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and her PhD research explores the lived experiences of sexuality and ageing in sexualized occupations.

Research interests

  • Gender, sexuality, ageing and the body in organizations
  • Emotional, aesthetic and sexualized labour
  • Lived experiences of organizational space, setting and context


  • PhD Management Studies, University of Essex
  • MRES Management Research, University of Essex
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Essex 

Memberships, editorial boards

Associate Fellow Higher Education Academy, HEA

Selected recent publications

Hales, S. & Riach, K. (in press) ‘From age diversity to embedded ageing: Exploring and addressing aged assumptions in organizational practices’, in E. Parry and J. McCarthy (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Age, Diversity and Work. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Hales, S. (2015) Ageing, corporeality and embodiment, C. Gilleard and P. Higgs & Fashion and age: Dress, the body and later life, J. Twigg. Reviewed in: Gender, Work and Organization 22(5), 529-531.

Hales, S. (2015) ‘Stripping it back: Encoding, embedding and embodying the lap dancing industry’, Quadrangular Conference: Organizational practices within Contemporary Landscapes. Lancaster, September 2015.