Ian  Parker Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Ian Parker

Professor of Management
University of Leicester

My main academic post is in Management at the University of Leicester, and I have other visiting positions in Education, Psychology and Psychoanalysis, these in the UK and in Belgium, Brazil, Spain and South Africa. I also work as a psychoanalyst in Manchester. My research and writing has been in the field of psychoanalysis, psychology and social theory, with a particular focus on discourse, critical psychology, mental health and political practice.


Ian Parker obtained his first degree, in psychology, from Plymouth Polytechnic in 1981, and then his PhD from the University of Southampton in 1985. He taught at Manchester Polytechnic and then Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) from 1985. He was co-founder in 1991, and is currently co-director (with Professor Erica Burman), of the Discourse Unit (www.discourseunit.com). He was appointed Professor of Psychology at Bolton Institute in 1996, and then returned to MMU in 2000 as Professor of Psychology until 2013. From 2013 he has been Professor of Management at the University of Leicester. He trained as a psychoanalyst with the Centre for Freudian Analysis in Research from 1997 to 2003, and is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Manchester. He is currently (from 2015) President of the College of Psychoanalysts – UK. He is Managing Editor of Annual Review of Critical Psychology, Secretary of Manchester Psychoanalytic Matrix and a member of the Asylum Magazine editorial collective. He is a researcher, supervisor and consultant in critical psychology and psychoanalysis. He is Visiting Professor in the Vakgroep Psychoanalyse en Raadplegingspsychologie, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, Visiting Professor in the Instituto de Psicologia at Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil, Visiting Professor in the School of Human and Community Development at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Visiting Professor in Cibersomosaguas, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociología, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, Visiting Professor in the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, UK, Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton, UK, and Honorary Professor in the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK  


    Psychology BA (Hons), Plymouth Polytechnic, 1981
    Psychology PhD, University of Southampton, 1985

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Psychology, Psychoanalysis, Critical Social Theory