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Episode 16

Published on:

30th Sep 2023

Work is Storytelling

Dr Rory Padfield and Dr Alexandra Dales recorded on 30/03/23

Dr Rory Padfield is an interdisciplinary social scientist and a lecturer in Sustainability and Business. In his research he engages with the broad themes of supply chains and natural resource governance, sustainable consumption and production, and corporate sustainability across and between different scales of business and organisations. Rory is especially interested in organisational supply chains that originate or have impacts in countries in the Global South. Drawing on political ecology perspectives to pursue critical questions around ethics, social and environmental responsibility, and local-global political economy.

Rory has investigated the adoption of international sustainability standards amongst small and medium sized food manufactures in Malaysia and Indonesia, sustainability impacts of water commercialization on Malaysian utilities companies, and examined the sustainability and traceability of palm oil in a UK university supply chains.

Rory’s unique academic background – spanning Geography and Environmental Engineering – facilitates a commitment to inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches to the study of the sustainability of business and organisations. His knowledge and experience of development in the Global South is grounded in six years working in Southeast Asia and extensive fieldwork in sub-Saharan Africa, including ten months spent in Zambia for his doctoral research.

Dr Alexandra Dales is an economic geographer and senior lecturer at York Business School (YBS), York St John University. Her early research centred on examining food and general merchandise global production networks, national retail markets, and sourcing and supply networks in the UK and elsewhere from an economic geographical perspective.

Dr Dales’s is a Principle Investigator for an XR Stories Funded Project 'Sustainability Stories: Investigating the UK creative industry and the communication of sustainability'. The project brings together academic expertise in market economies and firms (York St John University), and sustainability (University of Leeds), and is exploring how SMEs involved in film, multimedia arts, advertising and immersive and interactive digital technologies can communicate sustainability transformations through creative storytelling in order to engage policy makers, consumers and market actors.

Alexandra specialises in qualitative research methods, in-depth secondary data collection and thematic analyses. She has been particularly successful at developing industry contacts and securing participant interviews within previous research projects in both UK and Southeast Asian contexts. As a result of her research, she has become highly skilled at interviewing diverse participants.

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About the Podcast

Working Hours
The Story of Work in Leeds in the 2020s
What do you do?
Western Studios, Leeds presents Working Hours: a podcast series surveying the people of Leeds on their thoughts and feelings on the topic of work. I want to talk to my city about work. Why do we do it? Do we like it? What could we do differently? What will we? How does work change and how does it change us?
Leeds, the largest city in the largest county on the UK mainland, is a former imperial textile centre and is now a major UK financial centre. This series will document the city’s experiences through Lockdown, Brexit, creeping technological unemployment, new and continuing resource wars, the ongoing dismantling of the welfare state and our accelerating ecological emergency.
If you are in Leeds or from Leeds then help me to reach my target of interviewing 1000 Loiners over the 2020s. Let me ask you, what do you do?
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