Andrew Kozhevnikov

Andrew Kozhevnikov


Before joining the University of Leeds in October 2021, I held lectureship posts at the Universities of Coventry and Bradford. My academic career began at Newcastle University, where I studied a PhD looking at careers of skilled migrants in the North-East of England and taught as a part-time teaching assistant. 

Research interests

My principal research interests revolve around various career issues and how they can be understood using ‘grand social theories’ – specifically, realist social theory. I am particularly interested to explore careers at the intersection of structure and agency. In my recent projects, I have been using the notion of reflexivity to study skilled migrants’ career projects in the UK. I am also interested in careers in and outisde global cities and in various ways environments (including urban environments) enable and limit individual agency. So far, my studies of careers have been focussing predominantly on skilled migrants in the UK, but I also have interest in careers of other groups of workers, especially non-heterosexual and/or working class people. 

I am also interested in skills, their meaning and importance in the workplace. I am especially interested in the contextual differences in perception and value of skills, as well as their importance for individuals, organisations and communities.

I have a keen interest in social theory, especially critical realism and Margaret Archer’s realist social theory. 

I have experience of utilising both qualitative and quantitative methods, although my research tends to rely more heavily on qualitative techniques. 


  • PhD Leadership, Work and Organization (Newcastle University)
  • PgCert Academic Practice in Higher Education (Coventry University)
  • PgCert Research Training (Newcastle University)
  • MA International Business (Greenwich University)
  • BSc Economics (USATU)

Professional memberships

  • Academic Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Academy of Management
  • British Sociological Association
  • Regional Studies Association

Student education

I have been teaching a range of modules related to HRM and employemnt relations on various undergraduate, postgraduate and executive programmes.

My current teaching commitments include LUBS3855 Strategic HR and LUBS1760 Business and Society (Organisation Theory)


Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change