Dr Ai Yu

Staff details

Position Lecturer
Email a.yu (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 02072964219
Dr Ai Yu

My teaching and research interests lie in understanding the socio-psychological mechanisms underlying organisational practices and behaviours and penetrating organisational workforces. 

Influenced by critical and postmodern theories, I am keen to study the dynamics of organisational practices and their real life impacts on the vast majority of organisation members and those in the wider community who are affected by the organisation’s operation.

I joined the Institute of Management Studies, Goldsmisths University of London in 2015, as Lecturer in Management Studies. Prior to this post, I was appointed as LSE Fellow in the Department of Social Psychology at the LSE. I also worked as Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at University of Bedfordshire for two years. I was awarded an MRes, followed by a PhD, in Organisational and Social Psychology from the LSE, and obtained a BSc and an MSc in Business Administration from Renmin University of China.

Research Interests

  • Longitudinal research design (qualitative)
  • Technology at work 
  • Temporary or alternative way of organising 
  • Themes-based apporach (identity, power, trust)



Yu, Ai and Jyawali, Harishchandra . 2021. Job crafting as dynamic displays of gender identities and meanings in male-dominated occupations. Gender, Work and Organization, 28(2), pp. 610-625. ISSN 0968-6673

Yu, Ai . 2020. Accountability as mourning: Accounting for death in the time of COVID-19. Accounting, Organizations and Society, pp. 1-12. ISSN 0361-3682

Yu, Ai . 2020. Digital surveillance in post‐coronavirus China: A feminist view on the price we pay. Gender, Work & Organization, 27(5), pp. 774-777. ISSN 0968-6673

Yu, Ai . 2020. Fang-Fang’s diaries: an ethics of death in the time of COVID-19. Discover Society,

Yu, Ai . 2020. Making sense of COVID-19: beyond triumph and disaster discourses. Discover Society,

Kourti, Isidora; Garcia-Lorenzo, Lucia and Yu, Ai . 2018. Managing the interactions between multiple identities in inter-organizational collaborations: an identity work perspective. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 27(4), pp. 506-519. ISSN 1359-432X

Garcia-Lorenzo, Lucia; Kourti, Isidora and Yu, Ai . 2017. How project teams cope with temporary organizing: The role of social boundary management strategies. Academy of Management Proceedings, 2017(1), ISSN 0065-0668

Yu, Ai ; Garcia-Lorenzo, Lucia and Kourti, Isidora. 2017. The role of Intellectual Capital Reporting (ICR) in organisational transformation: A discursive practice perspective. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 45, pp. 48-62. ISSN 1045-2354

Zheng, Yingqin and Yu, Ai . 2016. Affordances of social media in collective action: the case of Free Lunch for Children in China. Information Systems Journal, 26(3), pp. 289-313. ISSN 1350-1917