Afshan Iqbal

Afshan Iqbal


Afshan is an ESRC funded PhD student here at Leeds University Business School. Upon previously graduating from LUBS, Afshan went on to build a career in Financial Services, working as a Business Development Manager in the North East of England for a UK Life & Pensions company. Afshan recently returned to pursue an academic career, whilst drawing upon the skills she developed during her time working in industry. Afshan’s first-hand experiences in the workplace, particularly around virtual working have helped inform some of her research interests. 

Academic Conferences

Afshan is keen to engage with Academics and Practitioners surrounding her research on virtual working and technostress. She was invited to present at the annual DOP Conference held in Stratford upon Avon, January 2020 – An Exploration of Challenges Experienced by Individual Members of Virtual Teams. This is where Afshan presented the findings from her MA Dissertation, completed in September 2019 (which acted as a pilot study for her PhD thesis).

Afshan highlighted the key themes to have emerged from the data that was collected, as well as discussing the direction she hopes her research will take.

*Details of the presentation/summary of the findings can be made available upon request*


Research interests

Afshan’s research interests are centred around the shift towards more virtual and remote working practices. Understanding the challenges posed in creating team cohesion and maintaining an organisation’s culture within these environments. Afshan is also interested in exploring the use of technology in facilitating virtual working practices within organisations and the ability to achieve a healthier work-life balance amongst employees. 

Afshan is also interested in mental health and wellbeing in the virtual workplace – exploring feelings of isolation, loneliness and technostress. 





  • BSc (Hons) Psychology - 1st Class
  • MSc Management - Distinction
  • MA Social Research (Interdisciplinary) - Distinction
  • BPS Test User: Occupational, Personality & Ability

Research groups and institutes

  • Workplace Behaviour Research Centre
  • Socio-Technical Centre