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Research Interests

Ethical trade; Sustainable supply chains; Campaigns for workers’ rights; Business legacy of mega-events; Socially responsible employment; Ethical issues in the horticultural sector



I am a full time Senior Lecturer in the School for Strategy and Leadership and an Associate of the Centre for Busines in Society, both in the Faculty of Business and Law. 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’. I have a Masters of Social Science from University College Dublin (UCD), and a BA (Hons) in Business Administration and Sociology and Social Anthropology from Keele University. In 1999 I began teaching at the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester, and have held posts at Brunel University, LSE, Queen Mary University, Imperial College, the Foundation for International Education and UCD. Between 2001-2011 I contributed to the Global Civil Society Project at LSE. I joined the committee of the Global Studies Association 2008-2012 and am now Co-Convenor of the Work, Employment and Economic Life (WEEL) Special Interest Group for 2017-2020, of the British Sociology Association (BSA). 

My current projects focus on the ethical profile and legacy of mega-events (as part of CARNiVAL at the Centre for Business in Society), and on certification and ethical consumerism in the cut flower industry. I am also involved in a project supporting PhD research in the UK.

Vision Statement

I am a sociologist of work and organisations, with a longstanding interest in how notions of responsibility are understood within globalising capitalism. I am particularly interested in responsibilities to workers, such as those in complex global supply chains; private social standards, such as fair trade; and the role of different groups, such as consultants, campaigners, governments and consumers, in determining agendas of corporate social responsibility (CSR). 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.

Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, Coventry University

External positions

External Adviser for Business and Management Foundation Course, for the International Programme , University of London

1 May 2017 → …

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Research Output 2005 2019

Valentine's Day: Five ways to ensure your flowers are ethical

Timms, J. & Bek, D., 12 Feb 2019

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchWeb publication/site

Open Access

Creating an enduring developmental legacy from FIFA 2010: The Football Foundation of South Africa (FFSA)

Bek, D., Merendino, A., Swart, K. & Timms, J., 13 Nov 2018, In : European Sport Management Quarterly. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

research method

Sustainability Moves Up the Agenda for British Florists: Local Responses to Global Supply Chain Challenges

Timms, J., 23 May 2018

Research output: Practice-Based and Non-textual ResearchWeb publication/site

Open Access


Merendino, A., Bek, D. & Timms, J., 2017, Mega events footprints: past, present and future. Maturana-dos-Santos, L. J. (ed.). Rio de Janeiro: Engenho, p. 1008-1025

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Olympic Games
corporate governance

Activities 2015 2019

  • 3 Public Engagement Event
  • 2 Participation in conference
  • 1 Membership of network

BAM Management and Business History SIG Event

Jill Timms (Speaker), Sameer Mody (Speaker)
12 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Sociology Association - Work, Employment and Economic Life Subject group (WEEL) (External organisation)

Jill Timms (Member)

Activity: MembershipMembership of network

The Protestant Ethic, Corporate Responsibility and Irresponsibility: The case of ethical flowers

Jill Timms (Keynote Speaker)
23 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

Solidarity via the Vase

Jill Timms (Invited Speaker)
4 Oct 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event

Ethical Flowers? Improving standards and the potential role of the church

Jill Timms (Organiser)
23 Nov 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventPublic Engagement Event


Best Paper Award

Alessandro Merendino (Recipient), Jill Timms (Recipient) & David Bek (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)