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Personal Statement

I teach and research in several areas of work psychology, organisational behaviour and HRM. I was one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal from 2016-2020 and am currently a member of several journal editorial boards and professional associations in the fields of psychology, and business and management. I'm also a Chartered Psychologist and Academic Director of Strathclyde's MSc in Work and Organisational Psychology, established in 2022, which is the only such Masters in Scotland accredited by the British Psychological Society as a training route to chartership in occupational psychology.

I have been involved in a variety of research projects funded by UK and international institutions; e.g. the Economic and Social Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, the Association of Police Constables of England and Wales, and the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

I am currently Associate Dean (Research) for Strathlcyde Business School. Previous roles include: Business School Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research (2010-2013); Deputy Head of Department of HRM (2009-2014); member of the Strathclyde team co-ordinating the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) The changing nature of employment in Europe in the context of challenges, threats and opportunities for employees and employers (2012-2016); and member of the Supervisory Board of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science & ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (Scotland) (2014-2016). 

Teaching Interests

My areas of teaching expertise cover work psychology, organisational behaviour and HRM generally, but with specific specialism in recruitment, assessment and selection, employee wellbeing and stress, research methodology and statistics.

Research Interests

My research activity has focused on:



HRM, work design and employee wellbeing, including the psychological effects of shiftwork, different types of work (e.g. microworkers, call centres, software, police), and the impact of HRM practices on employee outcomes (e.g., skill, attitudes). For recent work see: 

  • Migrant worker well-being as a struggle for meaningful work: Evidence from Bangladeshi migrants in a developing country. Organization
  • ‘If he just knew who we were’: Microworkers’ emerging bonds of attachment in a fragmented employment relationship. Work, Employment & Society
  • A multilevel examination of skills-oriented HRM and perceived skill utilization during recession: Implications for the wellbeing of all workers. Human Resource Management 
  • Unpredictable working time, wellbeing and health in the police service. International Journal of HRM 

Careers and employability, with a focus on youth employment/underemployment. See for example:

  • 2020-2021 Survey Study: Graduating in a pandemic Careers, well-being and hopes for the future.
  • What are the career implications of ‘seeing eye to eye’? Examining the role of leader-member exchange (LMX) agreement on employability and career outcomes. Personnel Psychology.
  • Supervisor-subordinate age dissimilarity and its impact on supervisory ratings of employability: Does supportive learning context make a difference? Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Focused for some, exploratory for others: job search strategies and successful university-to-work transitions in the context of labour market ambiguity. Journal of Career Development.
  • Position, possession or process? Understanding objective and subjective employability during university-to-work transitions. Studies in Higher Education.
  • Young workers’ job satisfaction in Europe. In Furåker, B. & Håkansson, K. (Eds.) Work Orientations: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Findings. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, pp.193-218.
  • Coping with career boundaries and boundary-crossing in the graduate labour market. Career Development International
  • Learning climate perceptions as a determinant of employability: an empirical study among European ICT professionals. Frontiers in Psychology.
  • Shades of grey: Underemployment and job quality across graduate occupations. Human Relations.

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Human Resource Management, employee wellbeing and performance
  • Recruitment, assessment and selection
  • Careers and employability
  • Youth employment and vocational psychology

Academic / Professional qualifications

Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

PhD, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1990)

MPhil (Distinction), The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1987)

MA (Honours), University of Glasgow, Psychology (1985)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, The George Washington University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1990

Master of Philosophy, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, The George Washington University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987

Master of Arts, Psychology, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 1 Jan 1985


  • work psychology
  • recruitment
  • selection
  • wellbeing
  • HRM


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