Professor Carol Jarvis

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About me

I am Professor in Knowledge Exchange and Innovation and play an active role in the design and delivery of leadership development and executive education programmes.  I am an active member of the Bristol Leadership and Change Centre and play a leading role in the development of UWE's suite of "team entrepreneurship" programmes, based on a highly innovative approach to "learning by doing" and team coaching.  I am an experienced coach and facilitator, and have coached in both individual and group settings.  My current research interests include the leadership of innovation in the UK health sector; learning entrepreneurship; and coaching for transition. With my colleagues Dr Hugo Gaggiotti and Dr Selen Kars I have founded 'The Unleadership Movement' to explore new approaches to thinking about leader-follower relations and what leaderly practices could look like to help people and organisations to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. You can join us on LinkedIn: The Unleadership Movement and follow us on Twitter: @unleadership_

My research and teaching have a strong practitioner focus and are also informed by 20 years of experience of running my own consultancy practice.  Particular areas of expertise include: organisational change and mobilization; organisational effectiveness; organisational and marketing research; and marketing strategy and planning.  My consultancy assignments combine a practical, hands-on approach to making things happen with academic rigour.  I have a strong commitment to building and delivering sustainable business improvements, achieved through collaboration and individual, team and organisational learning and development.

Due to the nature of my teaching commitments and the research/field work I am involved in, my office hours are flexible. Students can arrange meetings by making a request by email or sending a message on Teams.

Area of expertise

My current research focuses on the application of complexity approaches (Complex Responsive Processes of Relating) to (un)leadership, coaching, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the everyday experience of change and innovation, notably in the health and social care sector.  I am leading a research and consultancy project exploring the impact of leadership learning and inter-relationship between leadership, leadership learning and the climate for innovation and change in the UK health sector. My research into unleadership explores new ways of thinking about leadership and followership and the potential for innovating working practices that flows from this.

I also have an active interest in experiential and enquiry-based approaches to learning and am currently exploring ideas of critical practice in entrepreneurship education.

Much of my research adopts qualitative research methods including ethnography, collaborative enquiry and creative methodologies, with an emphasis on storytelling and personal narrative enquiry.


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