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Dr Downey’s research addresses the concept of vulnerability (disability, chronic illness, ageing) health and wellbeing and consumer culture (experiential consumption) concerns.

Dr Downey adopts ethnographic/Netnographic and arts based (poetry, film) research approaches to explore consumers lived experiences.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Consumer culture
  • Consumer vulnerability
  • Health
  • Wellbeing
  • Experiential consumption
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  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Marleting (2016)
  • Kinnear Award, Hilary Downey (Recipient), 15 Aug 2015 (AMA conference, Chicago)
  • Honorary Doctorate Professor Invitado (2013) ESERP Business School in Barcelona
  • Miembro De Honor DRA. Hilary Downey (2013) ESERP Business School in Barcelona
  • Editor of yearly poetry chapbook for Consumer Culture Theory (2010-2018, ongoing)
    Sponsored by the Association of Consumer Research


Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Queen's Management School

Centre for Health Research at the Management School



Research students

PhD title: Identity and Consumption: The Phenomenon of Online Gambling

Name: Jonathan Johnston

PhD title: Exploring Snapchat and Saudi millennials luxury brand consumption: a gendered discourse

Name: Nada Almner


Alumni: where are they now?

Sevi Nacki

PhD title: Service Dominant Logic

Years of Study: 2008 - 2013
Current position: Senior Research & Insight Analyst | Data Analytics | PwC Research | PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC UK)


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