Learn more about the team planning the upcoming UFHRD Conference, including the Chair and Co-Chairs.

Keynote Speakers at UFHRD Conference 2023 Information on the Conference Planning Team for the UFHRD Conference 2023.


Conference Planning Team

Chair Dr. TJ McCabe

TJ McCabe

Dr. TJ McCabe is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the National College of Ireland and visiting Lecturer at the University of Hebei, China. TJ leads a number of post-graduate and undergraduate modules, including Strategic and International Human Resource Management, Employee Relations, Human Resource Development and Research Methods. TJ’s research interests extend to Nursing professionals, Human Resource Management issues in the health sector, Graduate Employability, International HRM and National Culture. TJ has presented this work at national and international conferences. He co-chaired the HRM track for the 14th Annual Conference of the Irish Academy of Management. He has published papers in numerous academic journals. TJ received the Best Paper Award, for the Healthcare and Public Sector Management Track, Irish Academy of Management: McCabe, T.J., Sambrook, S. (2011), A Discourse Analysis of Managerialism and Trust amongst NHS Nurses and Nurse Managers, 14th Annual Irish Academy of Management Conference, National College of Ireland, Dublin.

Co-Chair Dr Corina Sheerin

Corina Sheerin

Dr Corina Sheerin is a lecturer in Finance at NCI. Corina’s research agenda is underpinned by a feminist stance and is multidisciplinary in nature. Situated at the nexus of gender, work and organisations, Corina has published widely in a range of ABS peer-review journals including, Human Resource Development International, Critical Perspectives in Accounting, the International Journal of Human Resource Development Practice, Policy and Research and Gender, Work and Organization. Corina’s work has been recognised internationally having been awarded the Monica Lee Award for Outstanding Research in 2021 from the Academy of Human Resource Development, the Alan Moon Prize from the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) in 2016 and the Emerald best paper award and highly commended awards in 2019 for both the Journal of European Training and Development and Gender in Management: An International Journal. Her current research is focused on issues of gender and space, gender performativity and gendered organisations.

Co-Chair Dr Caitriona Hughes

Dr Caitriona Hughes

Caitriona holds a PhD from the University of Limerick and also has an MBS in Human Resource Strategies from Dublin City University. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business in the National College of Ireland. Her research areas focus on the changing roles in Human Resources and also include learning and development, talent management, and other HR related topics. She has previously worked in HR roles in a number of industries including senior level positions in HR. She moved to academia over 15 years ago and holds the role of Programme Director for the full-time MA in HRM and part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in HRM as well as lecturing in HRM related topics. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Co-Chair Dr Kesiena Ebenade

Dr Kesiena Ebenade

Dr. Kesiena Ebenade is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the National College of Ireland. She is also the Capability, Learning and Development Manager with BT Sourced. Her current research interests include the learning organisation, career development, workplace learning, coaching and mentoring. She has published an award winning paper in the Kybernetes journal and has numerous conference presentations in Europe, Africa and the United State. Kesiena is an experienced researcher using action research methodologies to solve real organisational problems.