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Thomas J W Farrington is an Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University's School of Social Sciences. Tom has taught at South East European University in Tetovo and at the University of Edinburgh, where he received his doctorate, and where he was Co-Director of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School.

Tom also volunteers as Chair of the Board of Trustees of LeithLate, a multi-arts charity (SC049909) responsible for various public art projects, panel talks, and events in Leith, alongside the annual LeithLate Festival.

Research interests

Tom's research is mainly focused on identitypractice, and ethics in work and organisation. He is currently researching the working lives of musicians and entrepreneurial learning through start-up funding competitions. He has published work on cultural heritage and tourism, focussing on issues such as authenticity and social responsibility, with expertise in critical, cultural, and literary theory. Tom is currently supervising doctoral research into resistance to change in academia, social class in the legal profession, and the identity work of Agile practitioners. His work has most recently appeared in the Journal of Marketing Management, the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Tourism Managementand the Journal of the International Council for Small Business.

Roles & Responsibilities

Tom is part of the Doctoral Research Centre and the Centre for Employment, Work and the Professions (CREWS) in SoSS, engaged in UG, Master's, and PhD supervision, and has taught on Management in a Global Context, Business Research Methods, Management Theories in Practice, HRM, and Scottish Studies courses at Heriot-Watt University. He is Head of Research Methods teaching and global course coordinator for Business Research Methods.

Tom is also Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching (SoSS), Co-Chair of the SoSS Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team (with Dr Monica Tamariz), a member of the University's Athena Swan Strategy Committee, a member of the SoSS and University Discipline Committees, and serving as a HW Senator from August 2020-July 2023.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

University of Edinburgh



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