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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am available to take PhD applications covering the following themes: -Digital technology and new types of entrepreneurship. -International repatriation management.


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Gráinne Kelly (Ph.D.) is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Queen’s University Management School. She is currently working on two research projects. The first project is funded by the Centre for Health Research at the Management School (CHaRMS), and focuses on the experiences of women in the gig economy which has created new forms of employment embedded in new labor practices.  The workers of the gig economy are seen as independent contractors under the law rather than employees, and the owners of gig economy platforms proffer this categorisation as a form of entrepreneurship. Her research critically examines this claim by cxploring the lived experiences of women operating online businesses. The second research project focuses on the experiences of students repatriating from an international work placement. She is a former Government of Ireland Scholar, awarded the Government of Ireland Research Scholarship (IRCHSS) and the University of Limerick Advanced Scholarship to conduct her PhD studies. She has presented her research at numerous academic and professional conferences and she has published articles in such journals as Human Resource Management Journal, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Work, Employment and Society and Personnel Review. Gráinne is a reviewer for the International Journal of Human Resource Management, The Journal of Managerial Psychology and Personnel Review.




Resourcing and Talent Management MGT 7149  (MSc Human Resource Management Programme)

Managing People in the 21st Century Organisation MGT9030 (MSc Management Programme)

Applied International Business MGT 3004 (International Business Management & Language Programme)

Research Methods for Business MGT 7158, MGT 7173 and ACC7002 (MSc Management/Marketing/HRM, International Business and Accounting and Finance Programmes)







Coordinator of the student staff consultation committee (SSCC) meetings for the Business Management and Business Management with a Language Programmes.

Academic coordinator of peer mentors for business management and international business management with a language students.

Academic coordinator of research seminars for the Management Group at Queen's University. 

Reviewer for the PhD annual development progression reviews in the Management Group at Queen's University. 




2015-2020 External Examiner at Carlow Institute of Technology

Higher Certificate in Business – Human Resource Management Year 2

BBS (Hons) in Management – Strategic HRM Year 3

BBS (Hons) in Management – Industrial Relations Year 4

BBS (Hons) in Human Resource Management – Contemporary Developments in HRM Year 4

BBS (Hons) in Human Resource Management – Applied HRM Year 4

Master of Business – Strategic Human Resource Management Year 5




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Research Output

In search of late career academics: Understanding their identity experiences

Miller, K., Kelly, G. & Alexander, A., 2017, (Accepted).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Enhancing knowledge exchange and combination through HR practices: reflexivity as a translationprocess

Monks, K., Conway, E., Fu, N., Bailey, K., Kelly, G. & Hannon, E., Jul 2016, In : Human Resource Management Journal. 26, 3, p. 304-320 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    An Exploration of the Job Crafting Processes of Knowledge Workers

    Kelly, G., Conway, E., Monks, K., Truss, K. & Hannon, E., 2015, Dutch HRM Network Conference .

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    HRM in knowledge intensive firms in Ireland

    Monks, K., Conway, E., Kelly, G. & Fu, N., Jan 2014, Strategic HRM: An Irish Perspective . Harney, B. & Monks, K. (eds.). Dublin : Blackhall Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Understanding how HR systems work: the role of HR philosophy and HR processes

    Monks, K., Kelly, G., Conway, E., Flood, P., Truss, K. & Hannon, E., Nov 2013, In : Human Resource Management Journal. 23, 4, p. 379-395 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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