Staff Profile:Dr Mark Low

Dr Mark LowSchool

University of Wolverhampton Business School


Senior Lecturer

Contact details

Direct line:  01902 32 3898



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MN Building
Nursery Street


Before entering academia, I worked in the travel and hosiery industries, spending four years in each at a managerial level.

My first academic position was at the University of Salford, where I initially taught Strategic Management and Marketing. Gradually, I became interested in organisation and people issues. Marketing was thus relinquished in favour of Organisational Behaviour and Strategic Human Resource Management. I continued to develop this portfolio of teaching expertise in subsequent positions at the University of Gloucestershire and Staffordshire University.

 I have always had an interest in political parties and election campaigns, so my PhD research focused on the Conservative Party as an organisation. My current research continues in this organisational vein, but will also consider other contexts.

 I have extensive experience in course management, most notably as the Director of the Part-time MSc at Salford, but I have also managed many other courses and modules.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Politics/Organisation University of Sheffield
  • MA Politics University of Salford
  • MBA Business/Management University of Nottingham
  • DMS Business/Management Trent Polytechnic
  • BA Economics University of Liverpool

Teaching interests

  • Human resource management
  • Managing Change
  • Research methods
  • Strategic management
  • Organisational behaviour

I also have extensive postgraduate and undergraduate supervision experience

Professional body membership and roles

Member of the Political Studies Association

Research interests

  • Political parties: their organisations and campaigning
  • Organisational and leadership style
  • Power and politics within organisations
  • Engagement

PhD supervision

Potential areas for supervision: Managing change, Strategic HRM, Employee engagement, activism

Selected publications

The three most recent are:

Low, M. (2014) ‘The changing nature of activist engagement within the Conservative Party: a review of Susan Scarrow’s task-orientated approach to party membership’, British Politics Vol 9, No. 1, pp 93-119

Low, M. (2014) ‘The renewal of the local Conservative Party campaign capability: an organisational insight into central co-ordination’, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties Vol 24, No. 4, pp 414-433

Low, M. (2014) ‘Parliamentary candidate selection in the Conservative Party; the meaning of reform for party members and membership parties’, British Politics Vol 9, No. 4, pp 401-429