Dr Lauren Crabb

Associate Head Internationalisation and Business Development and Senior Lecturer in Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour

Email: lauren.crabb@coventry.ac.uk 

Lauren is the Associate Head Internationalisation and Business Development and a senior lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at Coventry University London.
She is currently the module leader for 356LON Business Research Skills and 228LON International Trade. Lauren is also the link tutor for PSB Academy in Singapore for their MBA courses in Global Business Management and Global Financial Services and BA (Hons) International Hospitality and Tourism Management. Lauren’s research interests are in environmental governance and critical management. She has recently published on sustainability at sports mega-events and hydro-electric dam construction in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Her PhD research focused on the social and environmental claims surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Lauren has also published on ethnography, with a focus on the everyday messiness of ethnography and is currently researching the impacts of neoliberal environmental governance mechanisms in Brazil and the Philippines. Lauren also represents early-career academics in the Latin American Geographies (UK) research group.


  • PhD Management, Essex University, 2016
  • PG Cert in Higher Education Practice, Essex University 2015
  • MSc Environmental Governance, Essex University 2012
  • BSc Geography and Environmental Management, Liverpool Hope University 2011

Professional and Industry Memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research and Consultancy

  • Critical environment management
  • Elites and elite networks
  • Critical Management Studies
  • Early-career Researchers

Publications and Scholarship Activities

  • Kirby, S. I., & Crabb, L. A. (2020) Mega Sport Events, Infrastructure Development and Physical Legacies: The Case of Brazil 2014 and Rio 2016. ESMQ
  • Schulz, C., Whitney, B.S., Rossetto, O.C., Neves, D.M., Crabb, L., de Oliveira, E.C., Lima, P.L.T., Afzal, M., Laing, A., de Souza Fernandes, L.C. and da Silva, C.A., (2019). Physical, ecological and human dimensions of environmental change in Brazil's Pantanal wetland: Synthesis and research agenda. Science of the Total Environment.
  • Kirby, S., & Crabb, L., (forthcoming) Priming Host City Physical Legacy Plans: The Bidding Chronicles of Brazil’s Derailed Sporting Event Infrastructure Projects. Event Management.
  • Crabb, L. A. (2018). Debating the success of carbon-offsetting projects at sports mega-events. A case from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 37(2), 178-196
  • Crabb, L. A. H., Everyday messiness of ethnography: reflections on fieldwork in Mid-West Brazil (2018) In (eds.) Plows, A., Messy ethnographies in action. Vernon Press: London
  • Crabb, L. A. H., Lang, A., Witney, B., and Saito, C., (2018) Hydroelectric dams threaten Brazil’s mysterious Pantanal – one of the world’s great wetlands. [The Conversation] available at: https://theconversation.com/hydroelectric-dams-threaten-brazils-mysterious-pantanal-one-of-the-worlds-great-wetlands-86588 
  • Crabb, L., (2018) ‘Being an early-career CMS scholar’ CMS stream, BAM, University of the West of England, September 2018.
  • Crabb, L., (2016) ‘Sustainable Development Goals and the 2014 FIFA World Cup’ Annual International Society for Tropical Foresters. Yale University, January 2016.
  • Crabb, L., (2015) ‘Cross-Cultural ethnography: Reflections from the field’, MMO PhD Conference: Emergent Themes. Essex Business School, May 2015.
  • Crabb, L., (2015) ‘Reforestation and politics’ 27th ICP conference ESCP Europe. Berlin, June 2015.
  • Crabb, L., (2013) ‘Carbon offsetting and the FIFA World Cup: A research agenda’ Centre for Work, Organization and Society PhD Conference. Essex Business School, May 2014.

Dr Lauren Crabb

  • M018LON Managing International Trade
  • 226LON Managing People
  • M001LON Business research methods
  • 321LON Business research methods
  • 228LON Managing International Trade
Coventry University joint top modern university for career prospects
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021