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Dr Constantine Manolchev

Dr Constantine Manolchev

Lecturer in Management

+44 (0) 1326 253613

Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Constantine Manolchev is a Lecturer in Management at the University of Exeter Business School.  He first came to the UK from Bulgaria in 1998 after being awarded an educational scholarship by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation and then a merit scholarship by the Adams Youth Foundation.

Constantine completed his BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics part-time with the Open University, alongside his duties as an HR and Business Adviser for Local Government. On completion, Constantine obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Research Methods (The Open University), a Postgraduate Certificate in HRM, a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methodology and a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Plymouth University).

Constantine gained his PhD in Business and Management from Plymouth University in 2016 with a doctoral thesis titled: “Precarity and Precariousness. A Study Into the Impact of Precarious Work, Defined as Low-skill and Low-pay Jobs, on the Experiences of Workers in the South West of Britain”. The study is a Phenomenological investigation into the meaning of precarious work, as constructed and sense-made by the workers themselves. 

Prior to joining the University of Exeter, Constantine taught on Plymouth University’s Undergraduate People Management, and Postgraduate Leadership modules, where he also had supervisory responsibility for MBA students.  Following this, he was the HE Programme Leader for HR and Business, as well as a Dissertation Supervisor for Human Behaviour at Truro and Penwith College.

Nationality: Bulgarian

Administrative responsibilities

Module Convenor for BEP2040 ‘Strategic Concepts for Business’.


PhD, PG Cert, BA (Hons) PPE (Open), Assoc CIPD, Assoc FHEA


Research interests

  • Precarious, temporary, flexible and insecure work
  • Group dynamics and social identity
  • Counterfactual Thinking

Constantine is currently part of a project group investigating alternative forms of precariat protest across Europe.

External positions

  • Member of Devon and Cornwall CIPD Branch Committee

Constantine is a lecturer on BEP2040 ‘Strategic Concepts for Business’ and aims to demonstrate how the numeric vs functional workforce flexibility debate, achieving popular exposure through research on precarious work, is a source of numerous organisational and management challenges.

In BEP2060 ‘Research Inquiry for Practice’ Constantine introduces students to quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis, while in BEP1030 ‘Operations Management: A Sustainable Perspective’ he looks at the role and significance of the ‘human’ resource.