Kayleigh Neal

Management and Business Studies

PhD Researcher in Management and Business Studies (ESRC 1+3)
School of Management, University of Bath

Start date: September 2016

Research topic: Overeducated and Underemployed: A Psychoanalytic Study

My research offers a psychoanalytic conception of underemployment in relation to the graduate labour market in the UK. It specifically adopts a critical Lacanian perspective to consider the affective nature of underemployment discourse within this context. For example, an important question that my research asks is: why might individuals desire to define themselves as over-educated / underemployed? I am particularly interested in the unconscious, paradoxical desires which might be at play here, and the role of fantasies in facilitating such desires.

Research supervisors: Professor Russ Vince, Professor Mairi Maclean

Email: k.neal@bath.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kayleighneal