I joined Middlesex University Business School in 2008 as Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour. In 2009, I completed my PhD in Organizational Psychology. My thesis, "Too Much of One and Less of the Other: Graduates' Conceptualizations and Expectations of 'Work-Life Balance'", explored young British and Asian university students' accounts of their transitions into employment through a life course lens and how they constructed meanings of work-life balance at this life course phase.
In 2010-2011, I completed a Richard Benjamin Trust-funded post-doctoral study, "From 'Sense of Entitlement' to 'Disenhanctment'? The Lived Experiencesof International Students in the UK". I examined the lived experiences of non-EU and non-EEA international students as temporary migrants in the context of changing immigration policy, as well as their expectations of employment during and after their studies in the UK.
I am currently involved as Co-Investigator in an ESRC-RGC-funded project, "Age Diversity: Applying the Capabilities Approach to Career Development Across the Life Course" with Dr. Matt Flynn (Principle Investigator) and research partners at Lingnan University.
I am the Associate Editor of the international journal Community, Work and Family. My most recent book is Critical issues in Human Resource Management (with Dr. Ian Roper and Dr. Rea Prouska, published by CIPD, 2010).
Relevant external activities
Research grants and awards
Articles and chapters in edited books
Fluent in Thai
Organizational behaviour; organizational psychology; qualitative research methodologies
Work-life balance; life course research, particularly individuals' transitions into and out of employment; competing discourses on international students; qualitative methodologies
Doctoral research supervision:
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
Purcell, Christina and Flynn, Matt and Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Uracha (2011) The effects of flexibilization on social divisions and career trajectories in the UK labour market. In: Globalized Labour Markets and Social Inequality in Europe. Blossfeld, H. and Buchholz, S. and Hofacker, D. and Kolb, K. , eds. Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK, pp. 261-292. ISBN 9780230241992
Chatrakul Na Ayudhya, Uracha and Lewis, Suzan (2011) From ‘balancers’ to ‘integrators’? Young professionals’ talk about ‘work’ and the rest of ‘life’ in the UK. In: Creating Balance? International Perspectives on the Work-Life Integration of Professionals. Kaiser, Stephan and Ringlstetter, Max Josef and Eikhof, Doris Ruth and Pina e Cunha, Miguel , eds. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 47-63. ISBN 9783642161988