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I am willing to supervise PhD students in the areas of women and talent management and women's digital entrepreneurship.


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Research Statement

I am an experienced lecturer, programme director of the MSc in Human Resource Management and researcher at Queen's University of Belfast. My current research involves using qualitative research methods for advancing knowledge on digital transformation, women's entrepreneurship, and resilience in times of Covid-19. I am also interested in contributing to broader theoretical debates in management research on gender and talent management. My research has been published in esteemed journals such as Human Resource Management Journal, Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice, Work Employment and Society, Technovation, Personnel Review and International Journal of Human Resource Management. My work has also been presented at leading professional conferences and workshops including European Group and Organization Studies (EGOS), Diana International Conference, and Gender, Work and Organization. I have a consistent stream of 3* and 4* papers including with several in progress, thus demonstrating a capacity to sustain and extend this existing high level of output.

I was awarded a first class honours Bachelors of Business Studies degree in 2004 from the University of Limerick.  I received an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Scholarship and an Advanced Scholarship from the University of Limerick to undertake my PhD studies which I completed in 2008.

From 2008-2013 I was the Principal Postdoctoral Researcher on an internationally jointly funded ESRC and IRCHSS with Kingston University and Dublin City University. The project involved extensive quantitative and qualitative data collection methods (over 100 interviews with knowledge workers and detailed case studies and surveys with eight knowledge intensive and multinational organisations in Ireland and the UK in the pharmaceutical, ICT and financial service sectors). During this period I was also a Postdoctoral Researcher at Dublin City University on the Irish Centre for Manufacturing Research (ICMR) Project focused on tacit knowledge management, learning and digital technologies. This research has contributed to the advancement of theoretical knowledge and empirical insights on the phenomenon of knowledge intensive organisations including the experiences of knowledge employees, how management practices can be effectively designed to support their training, development, the nuances of gender and knowledge work and the HR practices that support innovation through knowledge exchange and contribution.

Over 2013-2017 the research findings were disseminated in a collaborative manner through presentations at national international conferences, invited speaker and workshop events organised by the professional body for people development (CIPD) and the Technology Strategy Board in the UK. In addition, the collaborative effort of the project members led to two best paper awards, a book chapter and publications in international peer reviewed management journals including International Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Personnel Review and Work, Employment and Society

In 2018 I engaged in a collaborative research project with Professor Maura McAdam at Dublin City University. I won funding for the research from the Centre for Health Research in Management at Queen’s Management School This research was interested in digital transformation and women entrepreneurs and has contributed to critical discourses on women’s digital entrepreneurship through the dissemination of findings at the 2021 International Gender, Work and Organization Virtual Conference and through publication in high quality peer-reviewed journals including Technovation ABS 3* Impact Factor 6.66 (2020) and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice ABS 4*. Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice is a FT 50 journal and has an impact factor of 6.193 (2018).    

In 2019 I was involved in collaborative research with Dr Kieran Conroy at Queen’s University on international students' experiences and perspectives of disrupted mobility during Covid-19. The findings were disseminated through two channels in 2022: an invited speaker presentation at the QMS Teaching and Learning Forum in 2022 and through publication in the important forum for human resource management scholars and professionals worldwide: International Human Resource Management Journal ABS 3*.

In 2021 I was successful in gaining conference funding with the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Dublin City University on women's digital entrepreneurship. This provided a critical platform on which to increase discussion, action and contextualization of women digital entrepreneurship amongst academics and policymakers. Impact on the academic community is facilitated via dissemination of research findings at the 2022 Diana International Research Conference and the scholarly journal: Entrepreneurship & Regional Development ABS 3* Impact Factor 5.149 (2021). 

In 2022, I collaborated with Dr Sajia Ferdous and Professor Hugh Scullion to develop a research project on gender mainstreaming in talent management. We won the research faculty funding from Queen's Management School to undertake fieldwork for the project which is an intersectional investigation into Northern Irish SMEs. This research will contribute to theoretical debates on gender and talent management. 


I obtained my PGCHET qualification in 2016. My research is actively integrated into both my undergraduate postgraduate teaching where student and peer feedback at both levels has been consistently excellent. I have taught in-person and online, both synchronously and asynchronously. I was appointed as an External Examiner for Carlow Institute of Technology, Ireland in 2016 and successfully performed this role until 2021. I have also acted as a module coordinator on numerous occasions since my appointment as a Lecturer in 2013, and so have extensive experience of not only course design and assessment but also of complying with rigorous examination procedures.

I have developed a range of innovative teaching activities designed to deepen students’ understanding of the key topic of organisational change, such as practical case studies and quizzes, which have been implemented in higher education institutions including the University of Limerick, University of Cork and Carlow Institute of Technology. Given my commitment to education that is informed by contemporary issues in the world of work, I designed an innovative HR Insights Seminar series for the MSc HRM Programme through engaging with CIPD experts, HR professionals and business leaders to deliver insights into HR, gender and employment related topics.


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


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