National College of Ireland's School of Business is delighted to host the UFHRD Conference 2023. The Annual Anniversary International conference is supported by the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) and the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD).

UFHRD Conference 2023 logos and sponsorship NCI will be hosting the UFHRD Conference between June 7th-9th 2023.


UFHRD Conference Details

The UFHRD Conference, sponsored by Fáilte Ireland and the Learning & Development Institute, 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.

UFHRD is an interdisciplinary conference covering a wide range of aspects of people management, including leadership management and talent development, coaching and mentoring, inclusion and diversity, global, comparative, and cross-cultural dimensions, learning and development, employee engagement, how learning takes place in SMEs, critical approaches and career development and employability. In all presentations, we set out to share good practice and discuss the practical application of insights to organisational life, helping us to be more evidence-based in our teaching, scholarship and in our organisational practices.

Conference Schedule

Further information on speaker times, events and locations, can be found on our Conference Schedule page.

Conference Timeline

  • 30th September: Call for papers - Now Open for Submissions
  • 9th January: Final date for abstract submission*
  • 31st January: Decision notification to authors
  • 19th May: Full papers submission by May 19th 2023
  • 27th March: Early bird registration closes
  • 29th May: Conference registration closes
  • 7th – 9th June: UFHRD 2023

* Deadline for submissions has been extended until 27th February 2023


Early Bird registration - to 27th March 2023

  • €305

Full Delegate Fee - after 28th March 2023

  • €360


  • €225

Gala Dinner

  • €90
Registrations Now Open
Registrations for UFHRD Conference 2023 are now open. Sign up today to ensure your place.


Dear Authors, to complete the final submissions please log into the Exordo platform and use the cards on the dashboard to complete Final Submissions and Presentations. For further information, please visit our Final Paper Submissions page. Many thanks and the very best of luck with your submission, TJ - UFHRD Conference Chair.

Logos of National College of Ireland, the Academy of Human Resource Development and the UFHRD Welcome to the 23rd UFHRD Conference, being held at National College of Ireland, Dublin.

Welcome Delegates!

"On behalf of the Dean of the School of Business, National College of Ireland, my colleagues and myself, we very much look forward to welcoming you all to Dublin 7 – 9th June, 2023!

Céad míle fáilte - one hundred thousand welcomes!"
Dr Tj McCabe, UFHRD 2023 Conference Chair

UFHRD 2023 Conference Chair and Dean of the School of Business at NCI

Dr TJ McCabe, UFHRD 2023 Conference Chair, Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management, National College of Ireland

Dr TJ McCabe

Dr TJ McCabe is the UFHRD 2023 Conference Chair and Assistant Professor in Human Resource Management at the National College of Ireland and visiting Lecturer at the University of Hebei, Baoding 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 Service, Graduate Employability, National Culture and International HRM. In addition to his involvement with the University Forum for Human Resource Development TJ has also 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.

Professor Colette Darcy, Dean of the School of Business, National College of Ireland

Professor Colette Darcy

Colette Darcy, PhD and Professor in Human Resource Management, is a former Government of Ireland Scholar and was awarded the European Foundation for Management Development/ Emerald Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for her research examining employee fairness perceptions and claiming behaviour. Colette is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the University of Limerick. Prior to returning to academia, Colette worked in management consultancy for a number of years and is an Honorary Fellow of the Recruitment Federation of Ireland. Colette has published her work in a number of top international peer reviewed journals including Human Resource Management, The International Journal of Human Resource Management and Tourism Management. Her main research interests include talent management, fairness perceptions, work-life balance and organisational justice.

Conference Theme

“Workplace change – disruption, continuity and reinvention. The role of HRD in a changing Global Context”

Society, organisations, and individuals increasingly operate in an external environment characterised by major disruption and uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic and upheaval in world politics due to conflict in Europe are just recent examples of sudden disruptions that have shaken the underpinnings of our globalised world and called into question whether globalisation is a good thing for the world. Recently the term ‘VUCA’ has entered the lexicon of world leaders, policy makers and academics to describe dynamic external environments characterised by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Organisations, employees, and managers have therefore to adapt to sudden disruptions and changes and demonstrate agility and flexibility to survive. These changes include leveraging technology, changing work practices, work relationships, skills, and competencies. The themes of disruption, continuity and reinvention are therefore central to our conference. These themes have major implications for the positioning and role of HRD in helping society, organisations, and individuals to prosper and develop.

The 23rd International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe, will therefore explore the role of HRD in improving individual, organizational, and societal capabilities within the context of a VUCA world. We therefore invite submissions that address these themes related to what role HRD can play in a world of disruption and uncertainty, the specific contributions at individual, team, organisation, and societal levels of analysis and what these changes mean for our conceptualisations of HRD theory and practice. We are also interested in contributions that challenge notions of disruption and uncertainty, and offer alternative conceptualisations of these issues. Questions around which we welcome submissions include: What implications do processes of globalisation and deglobalisation mean for HRD theory, policy, and practice? What implications does disruption have for diversity, gender, and inclusion? How can HRD contribute to enhanced societal, organisational, and individual wellbeing and resilience in the context of disruption? What does disruption mean for careers and competency development for individuals? What new models of HRD are relevant in a world of disruption? What new conceptualisations of HRD may emerge in the context of disruption? How can these new notions of HRD be researched?

For this year’s conference, we invite submissions however broadly, within the following conference themes;

  1. Leadership, management and talent development 
  2. Coaching and mentoring 
  3. Global, comparative and cross-cultural dimensions of HRD
  4. Employee engagement 
  5. Workplace learning, training and development 
  6. Strategic capabilities and the changing nature of work
  7. Learning in small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  8. Practitioner Research & Learning and Education 
  9. Critical, Social and Diversity Perspectives in HRD

Gala Dinner Guinness Storehouse - 8th June 2023

The 23rd UFHRD Conference Gala dinner, will be held at world famous Guinness Storehouse, Dublin. Tickets are limited, so please book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

Tickets can be purchased through the Exordo platform, where you can also register for the UFHRD Conference itself.

women pouring a pint of Guinness surrounded by friends The 23rd UFHRD Conference Gala dinner, will be held at world famous Guinness Storehouse.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Thomas Garavan: HRD in a VUCA, World: Implications for Research and Practice. University College Cork. 
  • Professor Alma McCarthy: Talent Management and Development in Public Organisations: Quo Vadis? University of Galway.  
  • Dr Mina Beigi: HRD: A Career Community that Cares. University of Southampton.  
  • Professor Kim Nimon: Navigating Employee Engagement amidst the Great Resignation. The University of Texas at Tyler 

For more information, please visit our Keynote Speakers page.


National College of Ireland is situated in the Irish Financial Services Center, located in Dublin’s docklands. Dublin is home to the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland, From the Book of Kells to Trinity College, the Little Museum of Dublin, the Jameson distilleries and the world famous Guinness Storehouse. The city has many famous squares and green spaces such as St Stephen’s Green and Merrion Square along with many excellent Georgian parks surrounded by beautifully preserved houses from that era. It is home to two great Cathedrals of Ireland, Christ Church Cathedral and St Patricks Cathedral. Dublin has numerous cultural, historical a social attractions including the famous Temple Bar area. People come from all over to enjoy the Irish capital’s blend of friendly hospitality, traditional music, and of course, great beer and whiskey. If you’ve got Irish heritage in your family history, a trip to the emigration museum, EPIC, is a must. Dublin is also a coastal town and an excellent starting point for exploring Ireland. Dublin is in close distance to Belfast, Galway and Cork, exploring the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry.

Dublin is also regarded for its commitment to the fields of literature, arts, and theatre. The city has produced many notable literary figures, including Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, and William Butler Yeats, as well as playwrights and authors such as Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, and James Joyce.

Dublin’s contemporary culture and economic significance is well reflected in its many new buildings, particularly within the financial services district east of the Customs House, where the conference venue is situated, and its extensive and modern tram network. originally a Viking settlement, Dublin rewards its residents with rich and colourful history. The city, located at the mouth of the River Liffey at the midpoint of Ireland’s east coast, is a cosmopolitan blend of the traditional and the thoroughly modern.

Dublin City and the River Liffey NCI is located directly in the heart of Dublin City Centre.

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