Uracha Chatrakul Ayudhya is Senior Lecturer in HRM/Organizational Behaviour. She is Co-Editor of Work, Employment and Society (ABS 4) and Co-Associate Editor of Community, Work and Family.
Uracha is from Thailand and lived there before moving to Indonesia, Australia, and Malaysia to study. She arrived in Manchester, UK in 1998 to study for her degrees in Psychology and Organizational Psychology.
Uracha moved to London to join Middlesex University Business School as Lecturer in HRM/Organizational Behaviour in 2007 and became Senior Lecturer in 2011.
Uracha teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Middlesex University Business School. Her teaching specialisms are 1) organizational behaviour and 2) research methodologies.
Uracha adopts a critical approach to analysing core topics in organizational behaviour and relate them to social inequalities in work and society, including gender, race, ethnicity, and class. Her approach to teaching and learning actively encourages students to apply a critical lens to understanding how these issues relate to their lives and worldviews.
Uracha teaches research methodologies to undergraduate, Master, and PhD students.
Uracha has acted as external examiner at the LSE and Anglia Ruskin University.
Uracha currently holds two editorial roles
Uracha's research interests focus on the intersections of gender, age, work-life transitions and the impact these have on the careers of women and men across the life course. She draws on the lens of structure and agency and her work is informed by life course theory, capabilities approach, and theory of gendered organizations.
Her research projects explore work-life experiences of young adults, older workers, and international students’ experiences as temporary migrants in the UK. Her research has been funded by the ESRC and the Richard Benjamin Trust.
Uracha has supervised a number of undergraduate and Master students on their research dissertation projects.
She has supervised two doctoral students to completion:
Dr. Noshaba Batool - Thesis title: “Going the extra mile: what does it mean for the male and female university teachers of Pakistan?”
Dr. Anna Borg - Thesis title: “A CIAR study in a male-dominated ICT company in Malta which looks at work-life issues through the masculine lens: A case of: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?
She is currently supervising one doctoral candidate:
Angelika Zikiy - Thesis title: “‘Emotional labour among academic and professional services staff in higher education
Uracha publishes on gender, work-life balance, transitions, and careers and on research methodologies.
In 2016, she co-edited a special issue of Community, Work and Family with Janet Smithson and Cath Sullivan, titled "From theory to impact: bringing work-life initiatives into the mainstream". The special issue celebrates the work and contributions of Suzan Lewis to the field of work, family, and organizations.
Uracha is currently co-editing the second edition of the book Critical Issues in Human Resource Management with Ian Roper and Rea Prouska. The book is due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.
Smithson, Janet and Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Uracha and Sullivan, Cath (2016) From theory to impact: bringing work-life initiatives into the mainstream. Community, Work & Family, 19 (2). pp. 129-133. ISSN 1366-8803
Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Uracha and Smithson, Janet (2016) Entitled or misunderstood? Towards the repositioning of the sense of entitlement concept in the generational difference debate. Community, Work & Family, 19 (2). pp. 213-226. ISSN 1366-8803
Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Uracha (2015) The generation game. Human Resource Management International Digest, 23 (5). pp. 29-32. ISSN 0967-0734
Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Uracha and Prouska, Rea and Beauregard, T. Alexandra (2017) The impact of global economic crisis and austerity on quality of working life and work-life balance: a capabilities perspective. European Management Review . ISSN 1740-4754 (Published online first)
Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Uracha and Prouska, Rea and Lewis, Suzan (2015) Work-life balance can benefit business during financial crisis and austerity: human resources (HR) must convince management of the need for a flexible approach. Human Resource Management International Digest, 23 (5). pp. 25-28. ISSN 0967-0734
Uracha is a member of the Workplace and Gender Equality (WAGE) Research Programme, the Government Equalities Office (GEO).