Dr Sophie Bennett-Gillison

PhD Management and Business, Msc Econ, BA Hons, FHEA

Dr Sophie Bennett-Gillison

Deputy Head of DProf Programme

Graduate School

Lecturer in Management

Aberystwyth Business School

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Sophie is a lecturer in Management and Business, specialising in Organisational Behaviour. Her teaching areas are broadly in organisational psychology and Human Resource Management.

Sophie's research is primarily focused within the Creative Industries; specifically it considers the way in which this sector can inform current organisational practice and policy. Previous work involves a study of Craftspeople and Artists based in Mid and West Wales, examining how creative people balance the need to both earn an income and gain self-fulfilment from work to maintain successful creative enterprises, and the wider implications of this within both an organisational and regional economic context.

Recent projects include the Flow, Change and Wellbeing Project with the Welsh Assembly Government, to identify and overcome challenges often associated with organisational change in order to achieve satisfaction and enjoyment from work. 

Sophie also co-ordinates the University DPROF programme and is a Director of the Business School research centre CLaRE (Centre for Local and Rural/Regional Enterprise).



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Areas of interest include:  Creative Industries and Regional Economic Development: Considering how this sector can regenerate rural communities and link to organisational performance. Employee Wellbeing and Motivation: considering how organisations can maximise organisational potential through employee wellness programmes

Current research project include:

Role of AI & humans in the organisational decision-making process within the manufacturing sector of Wales (with Faisal Shahzad, PhD Student, Aberystwyth University) 

Role of emotional intelligence in the management & leadership of care homes within Wales (with Sk Moniruzzaman, PhD Student, Aberystwyth University) 

Identifying factors influencing and hindering the implementation of employee happiness and soft power policies in public sector organisations within the UAE: A case study of ADNOC Drilling (with Ahamed Saeed Helal Al Sulaimani, DProf Student, Aberystwyth University) 

Measuring the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Effective Human Resource Management in  Government  Organizations in Abu Dhabi, UAE (with Mohammed Ahmed Ali Alyouh Alshehhi, DProf Student, Aberystwyth University) 

Sophie currently supervises 10 DProf Students and 2 PhD Students. 





Director: CLaRE Research Centre (Aberystwyth Business School)

Programme Co-Ordinator: DProf (Doctor of Professional Studies) 

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 11:00-12:00
  • Thursday 3.30-4.30


Mukhayer, DFOA & Bennett-Gillison, S 2021, 'The Implications of Social Media Use by Employees on Organizational Reputation and Productivity', Journal of Information Systems Security, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 125-142. <https://www.jissec.org/Contents/V17/N2/V17N2-Mukhayer.html>
Bowen, R & Bennett-Gillison, S 2020, 'Selling places: A community-based model for promoting local food. The case of Rhondda Cynon Taf', Journal of Place Management and Development, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 215-228. 10.1108/JPMD-10-2018-0081
Bennett, S, Rahman, R, Fuller-Love, N & McGuire, S 2018, 'The Rural Artistic Entrepreneur: Exploring Motivational Tension and Creative Production in Rural Economies', Revue de l'Entrepreneuriat, vol. 1, no. 17, pp. 59-77. 10.3917/entre.171.0059
Bennett, S & Bowen, R 2017, 'Brexit: Implications for the Food and Craft Industries', Paper presented at WISERD Annual Conference 2017, Bangor, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 05 Jul 2017 - 06 Jul 2017.
Bowen, R & Bennett, S 2017, 'Enhancing student involvement through action-learning residential workshops', Paper presented at Aberystwyth University Learning and Teaching Conference 2017, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 10 Jul 2017 - 12 Jul 2017.
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