Our researchers work at the cutting-edge of the field with extensive links to partner research institutions, professional bodies, and associations from around the world.
These relationships enable us to combine both academic expertise and practitioner experience, which supports the delivery of both effective and pragmatic solutions to an array of issues many organisations are facing.
Professor Ben Lupton (Centre Director), Professor Carol Atkinson, Dr Ian Ashman, Dr Linda Alker, Dr Maria Allen, Dr Andrea Bernardi, Dr Sarah Crozier, Dr Reece Garcia, Dr Ashmiza Ismail, Dr Anastasia Kynighou, Dr Shobana Partington, Dr Andrew Rowe, Dr Thomas Scanlon, Dr Anna Sutton, Dr Krystal Wilkinson, Louise Armstrong, Cecilia Ellis, Catherine Jones, Poonam Puri, Helen Smith.
Ben is Professor of Employment at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and Director of the Centre for People and Performance. His research interests are around inequalities at work, payment systems and people management in small firms.
He recently co-authored the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD’s) research report on Behavioural Science and Reward (PDF) and is currently working on a project evaluating the provision of employment advice to small firms. Ben is a former HR Manager in the NHS and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.
Carol is Professor of Human Resource Management, and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Business and Law. Her research focuses on older workers and older women’s careers together with employment in the small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) and adult social care sectors.
HR roles and practice are central to Carol’s research. She is currently leading projects on people management in SMEs and on the implications of employment practice for recruitment, retention and care quality in domiciliary care.
Carol is Council Member of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society and on the Steering Committee for the British Academy of Management HRM Special Interest Group, and sits on prestigious academic journal editorial boards, including Work, Employment and Society. She is an experienced HR practitioner, Chartered Member of CIPD and Branch Secretary (Manchester).
Ian is Reader in Work and Organisations in the Department of Management. He has a particular interest in existentialist philosophy and has published numerous articles that use it to evaluate issues around organisational commitment, leadership, ethics and emotion work.
In 2012 he conducted an influential Acas project (with two accompanying research papers) exploring the role of the people that deliver bad news (the ‘envoys’) during corporate downsizing events. Most recently he has conducted research with Acas on managing conflict in the workplace.
Ian is co-editor of Reframing Resolution: Innovation and Change in the Management of Workplace Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Maria is Principal Lecturer in Human Resource Management. Her research interests lie in the area of Employee Voice and Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management policies. She recently finished her PhD research, which examines the links between various voice mechanisms and the adoption of a range of equal opportunity and diversity management policies and the links to workplace outcomes, namely labour turnover and absenteeism.
Prior to her academic career, Maria worked in the banking sector. She leads a suite of undergraduate programmes including those in Human Resource Management and Sports Management.
Sarah is Senior Lecturer in occupational psychology and a chartered psychologist. Her current research projects involve diversity, stress and well-being in alternative types of employment; emerging qualitative methods; and HRM in adult social care.
She has a range of research and practitioner experience in the work psychology field. Previously, Sarah was employed as a psychologist at the Health and Safety Laboratory working across a range of research and consultancy projects addressing topics such as violence and bullying at work; work-related stress, and occupational health and safety culture and climate. She also has experience as a consultant in the HR and HRD field. She has written a number of book chapters and articles on stress, well-being and diversity management. She holds a PhD from the University of Manchester.
Cecilia is Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management. Her main areas of interest are contemporary employment relations, for example, the psychological contract, voice, and conflict management. She is currently engaged in a project investigating the implications of a Workplace Closure Decision for employment relationships through the lens of the psychological contract ’ a qualitative, case-study based, project that will form the basis of her doctoral thesis to be submitted in early 2016.
Reece is Senior Lecturer in employment relations and HRM. He is currently involved in research projects covering three main areas: gender, employment and the family; the role of trade unions in the learning agenda; and human resource management practices in the public sector during austerity. An associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), he holds a PhD from the University of Leeds.
Ashmiza is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Coaching. Her research interests are interdisciplinary drawing on both Business Management (Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Culture) and the ‘human’ or ‘soft’ side of Business Strategy (Knowledge Management, Knowledge Sharing Behaviour). She is interested to see how both areas are interlinked as they can be applied to evaluate and interpret connectivity between people, the setting and knowledge as value-added behaviour.
Ashmiza started her academic career since year 2005 with extensive experience in the relevant field both locally and overseas. On top of that, she has a range of practitioner and consultancy experience in the Administration and Management fields. Apart from that, Ashmiza has been working actively in the Erasmus programme. She also has a number of publications and currently working on few research projects on interdisciplinary areas.
Catherine is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University – teaching a mixture of undergraduate students & postgraduates on CIPD-accredited programmes. She delivers material across a broad-range of subject areas including HRM, IHRM, business ethics, sustainability & pedagogy in higher education. This mixture reflects her operational HR background in both in public & private sectors, across a number of industries & continents, for companies based in the UK & France. In addition to this, Catherine is an Associate Marker for the CIPD at Level 7.
Catherine’s curent research interests lie in a range of work-life & career topics, with qualitative projects under way in French & English. Her research considers work-life integration, migration & identity, dual-earners & career decision-making, expatriation & international work. Much of her work explores a mixture of gender & work, the impact of context on decision-making & experiences on a meso, macro & micro level, & Indian expatriates/migrants in France (part of an under-researched topic area on people movements from the global south to global north).
Anastasia is Senior Lecturer in HRM. Her research interests include: cross-cultural management and international business, diffusion of Human Resource Management practices within multinational corporations, life-cycle models in foreign subsidiaries, types of local ownerships and impact on HRM, expatriate management, employee involvement and participation and HRM in SMEs.
Her work has been published in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and she has presented a number of papers at international academic conferences. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Anastasia holds a PhD degree in Business Administration from Manchester Business School (MBS).
Shobana is Prinicipal Lecturer and Acting Head of Department of Food and Tourism Management. Her research interests are around pay practices, working conditions and inequalities, with a primary focus on the hospitality sector.
Shobana’s background is in economics, in which she received a Foreign and Commonwealth Office scholarship to support her master’s studies (University of Leeds) and a further scholarship for her doctoral research at MMU. She has worked with the Low Pay Commission to evaluate the impact of the National Minimum Wage, and presented and published widely on pay and working conditions in the hospitality and tourism sectors.
Andrew is Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour. His main research interest is in learning at collective and individual levels, and his published research has explored the use of metaphors for learning, notably dance and rhythm. He also studies female expatriation, and organisational pay and reward, and co-authored the CIPD research report on the contribution of behavioural science to the field or remuneration. He also co-founded the Construction Management Researchers’ Network.
Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour. His research interests include the work-home interface, stress and well-being at work, the role of heuristics in the decision-making process ,and sports governance. Thomas has successfully supervised a number of PhDs in these areas. He was, in 2012, appointed Associate Head and is currently Acting Head for the Department of Management.
Helen is Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Coaching. Her research interests revolve around performance excellence and how leadership and coaching can affect such outputs in different contexts (for example individual, environmental, KPIs).
This has inspired her doctoral work which examines the application of coaching in dysfunctional teams. Helen is a qualified executive coach, and has worked with CEOs, COOs and CFOs across multiple sectors, developing unique insights into the leadership effects on performance across the organisation.
Anna is Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology, and a Chartered Psychologist specialising in personality, self-awareness and well-being at work. Her PhD examined conscious and unconscious personality in the workplace, using the Enneagram model of personality as a framework and exploring the effect of self-awareness training on people’s lives.
Her current research involves studies on work and home personality differentiation and the effect of authenticity on well-being, and she supervises several PhD students in this area. Anna is leader of MMU’s Work Psychology Knowledge Cluster.
A qualified Enneagram teacher, Anna works with organisations introducing individuals and teams to this personality typology, helping to develop self-awareness, improve communication and encourage better team-working. She is passionate about using psychology to improve our everyday working lives
Krystal is a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University – teaching mainly PG students on CIPD-accredited programmes. She obtained her doctorate from Leeds University Business School in July 2015 on the topic of work-life balance for managers and professionals who live alone.
Her current research interests concern work-like balance; health (especially mental) and wellbeing at work. She has been on CIPD L7 exam marking teams for many years, and was heavily involved in authoring material for the CIPD’s L7 Flexible Learning resource. Prior to returning to academia, Krystal had operational HR experience in a range of sectors including construction, hospitality and retail.