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Carlos Azevedo

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Carlos Azevedo is affiliated with The Open University's Department of People and Organisations.

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I am currently a fully funded doctoral researcher at The Open University. I am supervised by Dr Caroline Clarke, Dr Peter Bloom and Dr Jacqueline Baxter. My research focuses on the marketisation of higher education (HE) and its impact on students. Specifically, I am critically exploring how British HE students are constituted as ‘consumers’. I have presented on this topic at national and international conferences, such as BAM (UK), Euredocs (France), SCOS (Japan) and EGOS (Estonia). The paper I recently presented at EGOS is shortlisted for the Best Student Paper EGOS 2018 award.

Prior to pursuing full-time PhD study, I worked as a contract and project manager for an international consortium responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of the metro service in Porto, Portugal for eight years. I also worked as consultant for several international railway projects around the world and as a qualified lawyer in Portugal.

Academically, I was awarded a 1st degree (Hons) in Law and an MSc in Management from the University of Minho in Portugal. I also hold an MRes from The Open University.

At the Open University I am involved in other activities. For example, I am affiliated with the Centre for Knowledge in Organisations and Professions (CKOP) and I am co-developing a research project with Dr Caroline Clarke and Professor Emma Bell exploring death in the neoliberal university. I am also a member of the Business and Law Postgraduate Students Committee.


Current research

Students as Consumers? An Exploration of Higher Education Students Discourse and Experiences in the British Neoliberal University