Birgit den Outer

MA Cultural Anthropology/Non-Western Sociology, University of Amsterdam

Lecturer

Oxford Brookes Business School

Role

I am a lecturer at the Oxford Brookes Business School and the subject coordinator for the MA/MSc HRM Programmes. My core knowledge areas are Organisation Studies, i.e. the discipline that looks at organisations as social sites; research methodology and philosophy with a specialism in qualitative research; and theories of learning and teaching, and pedagogic practice. My PhD research is on professionalisation and identity in private security organisations. I teach research methods on the HRM and MBA programmes and supervise Dissertation students on both programmes. I have a second MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice and conducted research on cross-cultural transitions in international students.

Research

With tuition fee sponsorship by the Centre for Diversity, Policy, Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University, my PhD research explores professionalism and identity in the UK-based private security industry. Informed by the literatures on professionalization, professional identity, and identity work, I collect identity talk/narratives  from a range of sources, including first person accounts.  The aim of my analyses is to make visible, first, the ways in which broader ideologies and market- forces around security and threat shape professional security identities and open up new possibilities, notably for a new kind of feminised/feminine security worker; and second, the part social actors’ accounts play in construction of realities, i.e. the professionalization of private security. 

Publications

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Teaching and supervision

Courses

Modules taught

MBA:

  • Critical Approaches to Business
  • Dissertations
  • Residential Workshop II
  • Supervision

MA/MSc HRM:

  • Understanding and Researching Organisations
  • Researching Organisations; Supervision

Business and Management:

  • Work, Employment, and Globalisation

Supervision

I supervise students on the MA/MSc HRM programmes and on the MBA

Professional information

Conferences

  • Den Outer, B. and Handley, K (2018) Older Workers & Potentiality in the Knowledge Economy, paper presented at the Work, Employment & Society Conference, Wednesday 12 - Friday 14 September 2018, Belfast
  • Den Outer, B (2018) Female employees in private security organisations: identity construction in a stigmatised industry, paper presented at the workshop ‘Gender in conflict, violence and security’, University of Birmingham on 28 April 2018. 
  • Den Outer, B. (2018) Female employees in private security organisations: identity construction in a stigmatised industry? Paper presented at the EDAMBA Summer School, Athens, July 2018.
  • Koning, J and den Outer, B (2016) The road to silence: sustainability discourses at work, paper to be presented at  12th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, Amsterdam 13-15 July, 2016.
  • Den Outer, B and J. Koning (2016) The sites of silence: sustainability discourses at work, paper presented at  International Research Conference, Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University 16 June 2016.
  • den Outer, B. and Price, M. (2015) 'Discourses of assessment: learning from language to develop assessment literacy'. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education conference, Newport, December.
  • den Outer, B. (2014) 'Skilful compliance or critical stance? Assessment literacy in academic communities'. Paper presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Madrid, August.
  • den Outer, B. and Hannam, S. (2014) 'Assessment literacy in international contexts: putting the theory into practice'. Paper presented at the Inform conference 2014, Canterbury, July.
  • den Outer, B. (2014) 'External examiner standards close up'. Paper presented at the Higher Education Close Up,, Lancaster, July.
  • den Outer, B. (2014) 'The discourse of assessment literacy: our turn to language to explore academic membership'. Paper presented at the Oxford Brookes International Conference, Oxford, June.
  • den Outer, B. (2013) 'Dear Diary? An assessment of the audio diary as research method'. Paper presented at the Oxford Brookes-Burgundy Research Conference, Dijon, June.
  • den Outer, B. and Price, M. (2012) 'Assessment literacy in university students: what is it and how is it developed?'. Paper presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Conference, Brussels, August.
  • Price, M., O'Donovan, B., Rust, C., Handley, K. and Outer, B. d. (2012) 'Assessment literacy – a perspective on the student role in assessment for learning'. Paper presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Conference, Brussels, August.
  • Price, M., Handley, K. and Outer, B. d. (2012) 'Learning to mark: exemplars, dialogue and participation in assessment communities'. Paper presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction Conference, Brussels, August.
  • Den Outer, B. and Price, M. (2011) 'Assessment literacy in academic communities: what is it and how can it be developed?'. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education, Newport, December.
  • Price, M. and Outer, B. d. (2011) 'Investigating assessment literacy in Oxford Brookes University's learning communities: what is it and how can it be developed?'. Paper presented at the Brookes Learning & Teaching Conference, Oxford, June.
  • Handley, K. and den Outer, B. (2010) 'From clones to heretics?: an investigation of how new academic staff come to understand and participate in the assessment practices of a UK Business School'. Paper presented at the British Educational Research Association conference, Warwick, September.
  • Den Outer, B. d. and Handley, K. (2010) 'Standards, Situation and Self-Criticality: Exploring situational analysis, grounded theory after the postmodern turn, to enhance reflexive practice in higher education'. Paper presented at the Higher Education Close Up 5, Lancaster, UK, July.
  • Den Outer, B., Handley, K. and Price, M. (2010) 'Staff, Standards and Situation: Using situational analysis as method of inquiry on tutor experiences of assessment standards in higher education'. Paper presented at the Higher Education Close-up 5: Questioning Theory-Method Relations in Higher Education, Lancaster University, July.
  • den Outer, B. (2010) 'Coaching and Cross-Cultural Transitions: a narrative inquiry approach'. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Coaching and Mentoring Research Conference, Oxford, UK, April.
  • Handley, K. and den Outer, B. (2009) 'Staff, Standards and Situation: Tutor Experiences of Assessment and Belonging in Academic Communities using Situational Analysis'. Paper presented at the Improving Student Learning Conference, London, September.
  • Handley, K. and den Outer, B. (2009) 'Staff, Standards and Situation: The Tutor Perspective of Assessment and Belonging in Academic Communities using Situational Analysis'. Paper presented at the EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction), Amsterdam, August.

Further details

Education

  • MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Amsterdam
  • MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice (distinction), Oxford Brookes University.
  • Post-graduate certificate in Social Science Research Methods, Oxford Brookes University.

Areas of expertise

I have a great interest in, and experience of, research methodology as a critical and philosophical inquiry, and specifically in a number of qualitative data collection and analysis methods, such as maps, audio-diaries, interviews, focus groups, surveys, images, grounded theory, situational analysis, (linguistic) ethnography, and (critical) discourse analysis.