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Helen Mussell

Research Associate


Helen is a Lecturer in Organisational Studies at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.

Helen’s research is highly interdisciplinary. She is published in philosophy (ethics, epistemology and ontology), heterodox economics and social psychology.

A monograph, Care Ethics, Social Responsibility & Organisations has been commissioned by Palgrave Macmillan for publication in 2023.

Drawing on her research, Helen is also a Specialist Advisor with Principia Advisory, supporting executive leadership teams and Boards on ethical practice, with a focus on the ethical implications of fiduciary duties.

Personal background

Helen holds an MPhil and PhD in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, funded by the Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust.

Prior to academia, Helen pursued a career in industry between her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. This career brought her into direct contact with corporate social responsibility, organisational culture issues regarding gender, leadership and management in the workplace, and has most recently led her to research in sustainable finance. Her work focusses on organisational ethics, including fiduciary duty, trust, and power in organisations. 

Selected publications

Mussell, H., (2022) “Theorising the Fiduciary: Ontology and Ethics” Journal of Business Ethics, (DOI: 10.1007/s10551-022-05235-6) (Paper awarded the Gavin C. Reid Best Paper prize by the Centre for Business Research in 2022)

Mussell, H., (2021) “The Silenced and Unsought Beneficiary: Investigating Epistemic Injustice in the Fiduciary”, Business Ethics Quarterly, 31(4): 549-571.

Mussell, H., (2020) “Leadership and the Fiduciary: Addressing Asymmetrical Power by Caring Well”, Paradoxes of Leadership and Care: Critical and Philosophical Reflections, Leah Tomkins (Ed), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. (Series: New Horizons in Leadership).

Mussell, H., (2018) “Who Dares to Care? (In the World of Finance)”Feminist Economics, 24(3): 113-135 (Special symposium edition on Sustainability, Ecology & Care).

Mussell, H., (2017) “The Nature of Social Responsibility: Exploring Emancipatory Ends”Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 47(2): 222–43.

Mussell, H., (2016) “The Truth of the Matter”Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 31(3): 537-553.

Contact details

Helen Mussell
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG