Mrs Ruth Abrams

Research project: The Journey and social constructions of UK based job applicants


Using a qualitative approach, multiple in-depth interviews will be undertaken over a longitudinal time frame in order to follow the journeys of a small group of female job applicants transitioning from education to employment. This doctorate research will seek out a range of stories in relation to the UK labour market, paying particular attention to current recruitment practices and how they are experienced by job applicants. This research also seeks to explore the impact of a job applicant's journey particularly in relation to the social constructions and performative aspects of self-branding, self-care and discipline. 

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: The Journey and social constructions of UK based job applicants
  • Other research supervisor: Dr J. Miguel Imas


I am a doctoral researcher of organisations and individuals at work and I lecture across topics in organisational management. My interests are predominantly in the areas of exploring performances of the self and identity constructions at work as well as critical management studies, in the context of organisational recruitment and selection and assessment techniques. I have experience in working qualitatively on small scale research projects with a range of different methodologies including IPA, thematic analysis and more recently narrative analysis. To date I have collaborated on two research papers including one systematic literature review (published) and one paper exploring the social construction of professional boundaries among home care workers in the context of end of life care (under review). My educational experience includes a BA in Health Promotion, an MSc in Organisational Psychology and an MRes. I'm a member of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA).

Areas of research interest

  • Organisational recruitment processes
  • Job applicant perspectives
  • Qualitative methodology


  • MRes, Kingston University
  • MSc Occupational and Business Psychology, Kingston University
  • BA Health Promotion, Southampton Solent University

Funding or awards received

  • Kingston University Studentship
  • MRes Course Director's Prize
  • MSc Course Director's Prize


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D'astous, Valerie, Abrams, Ruth, Vandrevala, Tushna, Samsi, Kritika and Manthorpe, Jill (2017) Gaps in understanding the experiences of homecare workers providing care for people with dementia upto the end of life : a systematic review. Dementia, ISSN (print) 1471-3012 (Epub Ahead of Print)

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