Dr. Jill Timms


School of Strategy and Leadership
Coventry Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Email: jill.timms@coventry.ac.uk


I joined the Faculty of Business and Law as a full time Lecturer in August 2015 and I am Course Director for the BA in Business Administration. I am a sociologist of work and organisations, with a longstanding interest in how notions of responsibility are understood within globalising capitalism. I gained my PhD from London School of Economic (LSE), titled ‘Where responsibility lies: Corporate social responsibility and campaigns for the rights of workers in a global economy’.

In 1999 I began teaching at the Centre for Labour Market Studies at the University of Leicester, mainly working with international students on distance learning MA degrees. Since then I have enjoyed holding posts at LSE, Queen Mary University, Imperial College, the Foundation for International Education, University College Dublin and Brunel University, where I was awarded funding to explore ethics in the cut flower industry. Between 2001-2011 I contributed to the Global Civil Society Project at LSE, coordinating a network of international correspondents and researching social forums, poverty activism, labour movements and alternative data collection. I am a member of the Work, Employment and Economic Life group of the British Sociology Association, and in 2008 I joined the committee of the Global Studies Association.


  • PhD on CSR, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2013
  • Master of Social Science in Sociology, University College Dublin, 1999
  • Business Administration and Sociology and Social Anthropology BA (Hons), Keele University, 1996

Research interests

My research aims to further our understanding of the dynamic business-society relationship, and to draw attention to the consequences of globalising processes for how work is experienced. I am particularly interested in private social standards, such as fair trade; responsibilities to workers, such as those in complex supply chains; and the role of different groups, such as consultants, campaigners and consumers, in determining CSR agendas.  My current projects investigate the ethical profile of mega-events (as part of CARNiVAL), and certification and ethical consumerism in the flower industry. I am also involved in a project supporting PhD research in the UK.

Recent outputs and publications
  • Timms, J. (2016) Questioning corporate social responsibility: Campaigns for the rights of workers in global production networks. Farnham: Ashgate [forthcoming]
  • Timms, J. (2015) ‘A socially responsible business legacy: Raising standards in procurement, supply chains and employment at the London Olympics of 2012'. In Routledge Handbook of Sport and Legacy: Meeting the challenge of major sporting events. Ed. by Holt, R., and Ruta, D. Abingdon: Routledge, 217-228.
  • Timms, J. (2012) ‘The Olympics as a platform for protest: A case study of the London 2012 ‘ethical’ Games and Play Fair campaign for workers’ rights’. Leisure Studies 31 (3), 355-372. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2012.667821
  • Timms, J. (2012) ‘Ethical consumption’. In The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. Ed. by Ritzer, G. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 541-543
  • Waterman, P., and Timms, J. (2004) ‘Trade Union Internationalism and a Global Civil Society in the making’. In Global Civil Society 2004/5. Ed. by Anheier, H., Glasius, M., and Kaldor, M. London: Sage, 179-202. Available at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/internationalDevelopment/research/CSHS/civilSociety/yearBook/contentsPages/2004-2005.aspx.


  • Business Administration BA (Hons) [Course Director]
Teaching modules
  • Business and Management Dissertation (343SAM)
  • Managing Business Responsibly (348SAM)
Areas of expertise
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
  • Ethical trade and consumerism
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Global civil society and labour movements
  • Ethical issues in the horticultural sector
  • Business legacy of mega-events