Christoforos received his PhD in sociology from the University of Edinburgh. His main research interest lies in the interrelations between philosophy and the social sciences. He has been working on the critical evaluation of various conflicting theoretical approaches to social structures, culture, institutions, organisations and the human agency. He is currently working on his project of defining socio-theoretical anti-realism as an alternative path for the sociology of knowledge, by critically drawing on the traditions of metaphysical realism, critical realism, social constructionism and pragmatism.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Ontology
  • Structure, Culture & Agency
  • Organisations & Institutions
  • Power, Discourse & Subjectivities

Publications

  1. & The two stories of the habitus/structure relation and the riddle of reflexivity: A meta‚Äźtheoretical reappraisal. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
  2. & Residuality and inconsistency in the interpretation of socio-theoretical systems. Sociological Theory 37(3), 282-292.
  3. For reflexivity as an epistemic criterion of ontological coherence and virtuous social theorizing. History of the Human Sciences 30(5), 125-146.
  4. Ontogenesis versus Morphogenesis towards an Anti-realist Model of the Constitution of Society. Human Studies 39(4), 569-599.

Teaching

  • MN-1520 The Global Context of Organisation

    This module introduces students to key issues within the global context for organisation. Developing an understanding of how organisation is shaped by global contexts and how organisation shapes global contexts enables students to better understand external forces upon organisations and organising.

  • MN-2551 Social Aspects of Organisation

    Much academic work in business, management and organisation studies derives from sociological and social science understandings of the social and organisational world. This Level 5 module aims to make explicit how individuals, organisations, management and business can be understood through broader social scientific analysis, critically engaging with contemporary business and management issues. The module acts as an introduction to key approaches to understanding social aspects of organisation and does not emulate the content or form of traditional business modules. Consideration is given to classic and contemporary sociological approaches to research and organisation. The module acts as an introduction to key approaches to understanding social aspects of work and organisation. The sociological approach of this module challenges students to think about some assumptions that pervade business, economics and organisations as cultural practice and how these impact upon individuals and society. Core skills in relation to academic writing and academic thought will be developed which will provide solid foundations for critical engagement that are crucial for level 6 study.

  • MN-3015 Power and Organisation

    Organisations are imbued with power. Power is integral to interacting and organising; it defines, constitutes and shapes both people and activities in organisations. As competition, power is intrinsic to our economic system. In the relationships between organisations and the wider society, power takes the forms of regulation of, influence on and ordering of human activities. Understanding the nature and dynamics of power is crucial for future managers. This module investigates the ways in which power takes form, functions and has effects in and through organisations. Students will be asked to identify, analyse and question power and power relations both in terms of theory and in organisational practice. Discussions on, for example, how power and rationality, power and knowledge or power and organisational routines are related inform our examination of power in the organisational context. We will explore a number of attempts to systematically conceptualise and analyse power to understand its heterogeneous nature. This module brings together developments on analysis of power from across the social sciences to management and organisations, and will appeal to students who want to critically explore power as a vehicle for improving their organisational and management skills.

  • MN-M012 Human Resource Management

    Human Resource Management (HRM) has become the dominant concept in the field of employment relations in recent times. This course critically evaluates the claim that the firm can achieve a sustained competitive advantage through its human resource with the implementation of HRM. It introduces the key functions of HRM and looks at the implications of HRM of companies operating within diverse contexts.