This year's conference theme is "“Workplace change – disruption, continuity and reinvention. The role of HRD in a changing Global Context”.

Conference Streams for UFHRD Conference 2023 There are 9 streams in the UFHRD Conference in 2023.


UFHRD Standing Conference Streams (2023) with Standing Stream Leads

The UFHRD conference is the flagship event and the annual meeting place for academic researchers and practitioners working in people management and related fields. This conference holds a unique place in bringing together these two communities to hear about cutting edge research in HR and OD, with active discussion on how it can be applied in scholarship and practice, as we slowly recover from the devastating pandemic.

There are 9 streams in the UFHRD Conference 2023. Click on the tabs below to learn more about each of the stream leads.

1. Leadership, Management and Talent Development

Deborah Humphreys

Deborah has worked in senior academic posts across a number of UK and international higher education establishments for over 16 years and is based in the School of Leadership and Organisational Development within Liverpool Business School. She is an experienced academic having held senior positions in both the private and public sectors. As senior lecturer in Leadership her research is practice-based and is positioned around an individual’s understanding of the leadership they are experiencing and implications for practice and their organisations. Her transition into the theory, post-graduate teaching and research of leadership was in parallel to her doctoral research into what constitutes ‘effective’ leadership. It is her belief that leaders have a social, ethical and educational responsibility. Her current research interests draw upon critical approaches which provide ways of thinking about behaviours and leadership activities that individuals undertake and the resources they draw upon in workplace settings in order to be effective leaders.

Paul Lees

Paul has worked within the higher education sector for the past ten years. Paul joined Liverpool Business School in February 2020. He has a background in teaching in both the UK and overseas. Improvement projects led to Paul’s interest in further study and he holds a Master’s degree in education and leadership. Immediately prior to joining LJMU, Paul was a senior educationalist at the Royal College of Physicians. Paul led on the flagship RCP Chief Registrar programme and taught on a number of CPD and postgraduate programmes.

Paul’s research interests encompass both a business and education perspective. He is currently exploring the relationship between action learning and organisational development. He has experience of engagement with private, public and third sector organisations.

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.

2. Coaching and Mentoring

Joanne James

Dr Joanne James is Reader in Leadership Development and Director of Executive Education at Newcastle University Business School. The Executive Education portfolio comprises three masters level programmes in business, leadership and coaching and mentoring with an emphasis on experiential learning practice development and translating academic expertise into practical organisational contexts. Joanne’s teaching includes modules in critical reflexivity, strategy as practice, coaching and mentoring in complex contexts and coaching groups and teams.

Joanne is a coach practitioner and researcher with an interest in supporting leadership and coaching capability within the North East Region. For example, Joanne leads on the Business School relationship with North East Together, a network for social leaders with the aim of facilitating inspiration, collaboration, and mutual support amongst leaders within the VCSE sector. She has a reputation for supporting the development of coaching practitioners, having led a coaching programme since 2009. Joanne is a member of the Association for Coaching and the Newcastle University Coaching and Mentoring Forum. Joanne has co-chaired the Coaching and Mentoring Stream of the University Forum for HRD conference since its introduction in 2016.

Judy Gannon

Judie is Subject Coordinator of the Doctorate of Coaching & Mentoring and Deputy Head of Doctoral Programmes at Oxford Brookes University. Her research and teaching interests include organisational approaches to coaching and mentoring, specifically the social and political issues around coaching and mentoring programme development and delivery. She has attended UFHRD conferences for the last six years (prior to Covid). In 2019 she was recognised for her contribution to the world of mentoring by the EMCC,as the Winner of a Global Mentoring Award. She writes and reviews for several high profile HRM, HRD, organisation and management journals and is Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Evidence based Coaching & Mentoring based in the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University. Jude can be contacted via @doctorjudieg and

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.

3. Global, Comparative and Cross-Cultural Dimensions of HRD

Thomas Garavan

Professor Thomas Garavan is Professor of Leadership Practice in CUBS, UCC and Visiting Research Professor, National College of Ireland, Dublin. He was recently listed in the Stanford University ScienceWide author citation indicators 2020 as one of the top 2% of academics in Economics and Business. In addition, he was ranked the top Irish Business and Management Researcher in Ireland by Research. com and 471 of 1500 business and management researchers worldwide in February 2022. He is a world leading expert in leadership development, learning and development and HRD. He published 185 journal articles, 16 books, 26 book chapters and 6 monographs. He has published extensively in the leading HRD journals including HRDQ, HRDR, ADHR, HRDI and HRDI. He has also published extensively in the top four HRM journals: HRM (US) HRMJ, Personnel Review and IJHRM.

In addition, he has published extensively in management journals including: International Journal of Management Reviews. European Management Review, Journal of Business Research, Tourism Management, Information Technology and People, International Small Business Journal, Thunderbird International Review, Journal of Sleep Research and Business Ethics: A European Review. His most recent book publications include Learning and Development in Organizations: A Systems-Informed Model of Effectiveness (Palgrave), Strategic Human Resource Management (Oxford University Press), Handbook of International Human Resource Development (Edward Elgar) and Global Human Resource Development (Routledge). He is co-editor of European Journal of Training and Development and Associate Editor of Personnel Review and is a member of the HRDQ, HRDI, HRDR, ADHR, HRMJ, International Journal of Training and Development and International Journal of Human Resource Management.

He has extensive teaching experience with undergraduate, post-graduate and post experience students in addition to executive education and leadership development. He was elected to the Hall of Fame of the Academy of Human Resource Development, USA in 2021 and has won numerous awards for publication and journal editing.

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.

4. Employee Engagement

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.

Martin McCracken

Martin McCracken is Research Director and Professor of Work and Employment at Ulster University, N. Ireland. Prof McCracken has research interests in the fields of “Human Resource Management Restructuring”, “Employee Engagement”, “Public and Voluntary Sector Change”, “Performance Management” and “Graduate Recruitment and Retention”. Since 2010 he has acted as the Editor in Chief of Education and Training (now in its 64th year of publication) and is Associate Editor of Leadership and Organisational Development. He has published research findings in several leading HR journals including HRMJ and WES (over 50 outputs), conference proceedings (and policy reports on skills development and employability issues and has attracted substantial research funding from prestigious organisations (including Advance HE and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Department for Education and Employment; Sector Skills Development Agency, Chartered Institute for Personnel Development and Leonardo Da Vinci (EU). From 2016 -2019 Martin was the PI on a longitudinal evaluation study of the Top Management Programme, which is designed to develop leadership capability for Senior HE leaders. He is currently working with colleagues from seven leading UK Universities on a UKRI funded project which is designed to measure impact of ESRC projects on UK business productivity and engagement. Internationally, Martin is respected in his academic field and is has been a Visiting Scholar at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and is currently a Visiting Professor at Kempten University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Dr Steven Kilroy

Dr Steven Kilroy is as an Associate Professor in Human Resource Management at Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. He is currently the Associate Director of the MSc in Human Resource Management. He holds a BA, MBS and PhD in Human Resource Management as well a postgraduate certificate in higher education and teaching. He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management at Queens University Belfast and Tilburg University. Stevens expertise and research interests are in the areas of Strategic Human Resource Management and Organisational Psychology/Behaviour. Specifically, his research largely focuses on the impact of high involvement work practices on employee well-being and performance. He is also interested in the topics of employee burnout and engagement, leadership, and change management, and retention among health care professionals. He has published in well regarded human resource management, organisational psychology and health care management journals including Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, the Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, International Journal of Stress Management, the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, and Health Care Management Review, among others. He is also on the editorial review board of Human Resource Management Journal and serves as an adhoc reviewer for a number of HR, organisational behaviour/psychology, and health care management journals. In addition to research, Steven has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education level in the areas of human resource management, organisational psychology and organisational behaviour.

5. Workplace Learning, Training and Development

Dr Eduardo Tome

Dr Eduardo Tomé gained is PhD in Economics (2001), with a Thesis on the European Social Fund. Since then he has worked in several Portuguese private universities. He published over 50 papers in peer-reviewed Journals and presented 80 papers in international conferences. He also authored 7 book chapters, He was involved in organising and chairing 10 international Conferences which he also co-edited the Proceedings and edited four Specials Issues in EJKM, EJTD and IJKBD. Since September 2020 he has worked at Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon, Portugal. His main interests are Intangibles (Human Resources, Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital), Social Policy and International Economics (globalization and the European Integration).

Dr. Pallvi Arora

Dr. Pallvi Arora is Senior Assistant Professor at International Centre for Cross Cultural Research and Human Resource Management (ICccR & HRM), University of Jammu, India. She is a PhD in management with focus on Cultural Intelligence (CQ). Her research interests revolve around cross cultural management, OB, HRD, entrepreneurship and innovation. She has publications with journals of national and international repute. She was recently awarded with the AIMS International Outstanding Young Management Teacher Award at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozikode, India. She has presented her research works at global institutions including University of Oxford, UK, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, various IIMs and other important institutions in India. She is also a Regional Mentor of Change for Atal Tinkering Labs, NITI Aayog, a Government of India initiative. For her extensive work in the domain of innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education institutions, she has also been recognised as an Innovation Ambassador for the Institution Innovation Council (IIC), Ministry of Education, Government of India. She has been an invited speaker at various national and international industry and academic forums.

Claire Gubbins

Professor Claire Gubbins is a Professor of Organisational Behaviour & HRM at Dublin City University Business School, Ireland, Lead of the LInK Lab at the Irish Institute of Digital Business and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership for the Centre of Executive and International Education at DCU.

Her research interests centre around the domain of learning and development. She investigates determinants of tacit knowledge circulation; the role of social networks in facilitating learning processes; and evidence based research and practice as a mechanism for continuous learning and advancing the HR and learning and development function and profession. Her research is published extensively in top tier journals including Human Resource Management (US), Organisation Studies and Human Resource Development Quarterly. She is co-author of two books: Learning & Development in Organisations: Strategy, Evidence and Practice with Oaktree Press and Learning and Development Effectiveness in Organisations: An Integrated Systems-Informed Model of Effectiveness with Palgrave. She has over 20 years experience consulting with industry nationally and internationally in these same areas and is a regularly invited speaker at academic and industry events. She also designs and delivers executive education programmes and workshops for the Centre of Executive and International Education at DCU.

She received the DCU Presidents award for Excellence in Teaching Innovation in 2013. She was awarded an International Advance HE Senior Fellowship for Teaching Excellence in 2021. She is a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence Based Management (CEBMa). She serves on the council for The Irish Institute of Training Development (IITD) and the Irish Academy of Management (IAM).

Previously Claire was a Fulbright Scholar at Carnegie Mellon University, a visiting Professor in Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, an Associate Editor for Human Resource Development Quarterly, Director of the award winning DCU Executive MBA Programme, a Senior Research Fellow on the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research university-industry project on Tacit Knowledge Management, Learning and Systems and Deputy Director (Learning & Knowledge) of the LINK Research Centre.

6. Strategic Capabilities and the Changing Nature of Work

Dr. Nicole Gross

Dr. Nicole GrossDr. Nicole Gross works a lecturer in business at NCI. Her research looks at the intersection between science, technology and the social (STS), and using a critical scholarship approach, she looks at contemporary issues at the intersection of business and society. Nicole is an active member of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS), Market Studies and the Entrepreneurship-as-practice Community.

Nicole's research has been published in a range of ABS-ranked journals, including Organization Studies, Organization, Business & Society, Marketing Theory, the Journal of Marketing Management, the Journal of Cultural Economy and the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research. Three case studies have also been published, including an Ivey Case.

Nicole has 15 years’ experience from teaching in UCD, DCU, DIT and DBS, and has taught a wide variety of business-related modules in Ireland, Singapore and Hong Kong.


Pauline Kelly Phelan

Pauline Kelly PhelanPauline is Assistant Professor, Programme Director for the full-time BA (Hons) HRM and Lecturer in HRM at undergraduate and postgraduate level at National College of Ireland. Previously she was a Lecturer with the HR/IR group at UCD and visiting Lecturer for UCD in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Prior to moving to academia, Pauline worked for a number of years in the US in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries where she worked on several global HR and OD projects and as a management consultant to public and private industry in Ireland. She was the recipient of the Teaching Hero Award from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in 2021 and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

7. Learning in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Dr. Heather Short

Heather has many years of experience as an SME owner-manager and consequently has numerous friends and acquaintances who own, manage and work in these fascinating and varied small businesses. The research for her PhD (The Hidden World of e-learning in SMEs) involved ethnographic research in a variety in SMEs. Since 2015 she has taught HRD and related subjects, initially at the University of Portsmouth, UK, and more recently at the UK Open University. She has been presenting papers about learning in SMEs at UFHRD since 2012 and initiated the UFHRD Learning in SMEs stream in 2017. She has guest-edited a Special Issue of HRDI on Learning in SMEs and published papers about this in HRDQ and HRDI. She is interested in all aspects of learning in SMEs.

Dr. Michael J Mustafa

Michael Mustafa holds a PhD in applied psychology from the University of Nottingham. Currently, Michael’s research interest include focusing on HRD issues within SMEs and in particular family business. He is particularly interested in how leaders develop in family firms and how entrepreneurial ventures can encourage the proactive behaviours of their employees through investing in their development.

8. Practitioner Research and Learning and Education

Lynn Nichol

Lynn is focused on supporting practitioners in business and in higher education and helping them change organisational practice through their research.

Lynn works at the University of Worcester, where she is Professor of Human Resource Development and Programme Director for the Doctorate in Business Administration. Until July 2021 she was Head of the Management and Finance Department and lead for Learning and Teaching at Worcester Business School. Currently she is Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange.

She is Deputy Chair of the UFHRD Learning and Education Committee. Working with colleagues in UFHRD has always been an enriching and positive experience and the conference in particular is a fantastic event to share and development practice. She is looking forward to being inspired and challenged by the conference and would encourage practitioners in higher education and business to submit papers.

Dr. Sarah Minnis

Sarah is a practitioner researcher with a passion for integrating effective practice and applied research to develop people and build more supportive and impactful organizations. She is an Assistant Professor of Human Resources at Western Carolina University where she centres ethical practice of HRD in my teaching and scholarship.

With experience in higher education administration, career change, and organization development, Sarah focuses her research and coaching on addressing veterans’ education and employment in higher education and employment settings. As a recognized leader in veterans’ career transition research and practice, she has developed a support model and strategies to help employers better understand the value veterans bring to civilian employment communities. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on her research and practice addressing veterans’ transition and career development.

She chairs the AHRD Scholar-Practitioner Special Interest Group and have enjoyed regular collaboration with the UFHRD Practitioner Research and Learning and Teaching stream to support and promote practitioner research in HRD. She hopes you will submit your applied research work to the Practitioner Research and Learning and Education stream!

Dr. Christine O'Leary

Christine is a Principal Lecturer in the Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University where she has held a number of leadership and management roles including programme leadership, Associate Director for the Centre for Excellence in Promoting Learner Autonomy (CPLA), Director of Sheffield Business School’s Centre for Pedagogic Research and Innovation (CPRI), Sheffield Business School Assessment Lead and Subject Group Leader for the Languages and Cultures Subject Area. She is currently leading on a project relating to developing the assessment literacy of culturally and linguistically diverse students. She also co-leads the University’s Assessment for Applied learning Forum and lead its Advance HE Principal/ Senior Fellow Network.

As a Principal Fellow of Advance HE, she is committed to leading and supporting the development of colleagues in Learning and teaching and pedagogic scholarship/ research both within and outside the University through leadership roles in professional subject associations and international research networks.

She is an active researcher, practitioner, and contributor to local, national and international research networks relating to the development of learner/ teacher autonomy within formal educational contexts and assessment. She has presented papers at both national and international conferences, and published articles in refereed publications in these areas since the mid 1990s.

Dr. Jennifer Kennedy

Dr Jennifer Kennedy (female) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Irish Institute of Digital Business at DCU Business School. Dr Kennedy specialises in knowledge processes with a specific focus on how tacit knowledge is transferred between novice and experts in the workplace. A specialist in mixed methods research. Dr Kennedy has coordinated research on a number of targeted projects for .IE, the HSE, and the Irish Department of Rural and Community Development. Dr Kennedy is also the research lead for the Colm Delves Leadership Experience, Ireland’s first dedicated extended reality (XR) classroom where she has worked on the design. delivery and evaluation of virtual reality, augmented reality and telepresence learning experienced for business and transversal skills. Dr Kennedy is an author on a number of international publications and tacit knowledge and is an editor on the forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan book, “Disrupting Buildings: Digitalisation and the Transformation of Deep Renovation”. She has lectured at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on Strategic HRM, Managing Knowledge and Learning in Organizations, Communication in Organizations, and Career and Leadership Development at DCU, PNU (Saudi Arabia).and GCD.

9. Critical, Social and Diversity Perspectives in HRD

Dr Stefanos Nachmias

Stefanos is a Principal Lecturer and the Deputy Head in the Department of Human Resource Management. His scholarly interests range from graduate recruitment, digital competencies and wellbeing to assessing wider diversity and equality issues in the workplace. He is particularly interested on the role of leadership development and learning in addressing diversity issues at social, organisational, and individual perspective using a postmodern approach. He supervises several PhD and DBA students in the areas of employee engagement, diversity management and informal learning. He also has a particular interest in childhood trauma and neurodiversity in the workplace. Stefanos has several edited book around HRD and hidden inequality. Stefanos had other academic roles throughout his academic career, including programme director, international coordinator, online programme leader, member of the academic board and employability ambassador. He is currently a member of CABS sub-committee on race equality and Associate Editor for Human Resource Development International.

Dr Andrea Subryan

Dr Andrea Subryan is a senior lecturer in the OB/HRM subject group in the Department of Management at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). Andrea has worked at SHU since 2015 and since that time has been an active researcher. Alongside working her role at the University, Andrea also gained HR experience in the hospitality and health economics industries. Prior to joining academia, Andrea was a Solicitor for over 10 years, specialising in Family Law. Andrea has recently been appointed the roles of Inclusivity Champion as well as the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) lead for the Department of Management.

Andrea’s particular research interest, which was also the focus of her doctoral thesis, includes emotional labour/emotion work, organisational behaviour, culture, conflict, professional identity, and employee engagement. Other teaching interests include Employee Relations and Diversity Management. The UFHRD conference is special to Andrea as this was the first conference she attended as a Masters student to present a co-written paper. She enjoys attending the UFHRD conferences due to the supportive nature of the attendees and organisers. Andrea is pleased to be involved in organising the conference which will be hosted by SHU in June 2022.

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