• Room 01.004 - Riddel Hall Block 3

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Demographic change and social policy impact on HRM and employment careers Age, gender and health/disability diversity and management in organisations


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Personal profile


  • Heike Schröder, PhD, MSc, MBA, PGCHET is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Queen's Management School.
  • Postal address: Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5EE, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Office location: Riddel Hall, Block 3, 01.004
  • Office hours: by appointment (please make an appointment via email)
  • Publication performance: Google Scholar


Research Interests

  • My research interests are in International and Comparative Human Resource Management. I specifically investigate the effects of demographic change and workforce ageing on public (government) policy, firm-level HRM and career outcomes of older workers. My research covers the country cases of Germany, Austria, the UK, Japan and South Korea. I am using a multi-level perspective as outlined below, and explore how stakeholders at different levels of analysis interact and influence one another. I draw on interdisciplinary theoretical approaches and mostly use qualitative research methods (including stakeholder interviews, life history interviews and focus groups). The levels of investigation and related research areas include:
  • Public policy: national regulations regarding work and retirement, labour market policy, welfare state policy, Institutional Theory and path-dependency
  • Firm-level: Age Management, Age Diversity, firm-level (HRM) policies and practices related to older workers, diffusion of HRM policies, institutional entrepreneurship
  • Individual level: Careers, individual decision-making processes regarding work-retirement transitions, Life Course Theory and human agency.



  • I am happy to supervise PhD and Master theses on my research topics. If you are interested in pursuing research in one of these areas, please send me an email.  

PhD Supervisions:

  • PhD Supervision: Stuart McClure "Gender Equality in the United Kingdom and Germany: Human Resource Management in light of conflicting institutional logics" (1st year)
  • PhD Supervision: Caroline Millar "Labour market reintegration following maternity leave: internalised conflict and organisational silence" (1st year)
  • PhD Supervision at Newcastle University Business School: Xueying Snow Wang "Work-life balance and caring responsibilities in China: A life course approach" (3rd year)

Taught modules:

  • BSc Business Management: MGT 1009 "Organisations and Behaviour" (2015-2016)
  • BSc Business Management: MGT 1012 "Business Government and Society" (2016-2018)
  • MSc International Business: MGT 7101 "Human Resource Management and Work in a Global Context" (2015-2018)
  • MSc Management: MGT 9030 "People and the 21st century organisation" (2016-2018)



  • 2013 "Innovative Teaching Award" at Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria
  • 2013 "Best Reviewer Award" at the Academy of Management annual meeting, Orlando, Florida ("Gender and Diversity in Organisations" Division)
  • 2013 "Best International Paper" Finalist at the Academy of Management annual meeting, Orlando, Florida ("Career" Division)
  • 2008 "Best Student Paper Award" at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics annual meeting, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • 2005-2011 "Full PhD studentship" awarded by Middlesex University Business School, London, UK



Academic Qualifications:

  • 2017 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching from Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • 2011 PhD in Human Resource Management from Middlesex University, London, UK
  • 2007 MSc in Research Methods from Middlesex University, London, UK
  • 2003 MBA in International Management from International University, Bruchsal, Germany
  • 2001 BA in Political Sciences and Constitutional Law, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany


Academic Work Experience:

  • Since 2015 Lecturer in HRM at Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • 2015 Visiting Research Fellow at Korea Labour Institute, Sejong City, South Korea
  • 2012-2015 Postdoc and Lecturer in HRM at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), Vienna, Austria
  • 2011-2012 Postdoc at the Center for Disability and Integration at University of St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2009 Visiting Research Fellow at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2008-2010 Researcher in a British Council-funded research project at Middlesex University, London, UK
  • 2007-2009 Researcher in an ESRC-funded research project at Middlesex University, London, UK


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Research Output

Growing Older in Social Work: Perspective on Systems of Support to Extend Working Lives—Findings from a UK Survey

McFadden, P., Moriarty, J., Schröder, H., Gillen, P., Manthorpe, G. & Mallett, J., Mar 2020, In : British Journal of Social Work. 50, 2, p. 405–426 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Seeing the Finish Line? Retirement Perceptions and Wellbeing among Social Workers

    Moriarty, J., Gillen, P., Mallett, J., Manthorpe, J., Schröder, H. & McFadden, P., 30 Jun 2020, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17, 3, 12 p., 4722.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    The role of older workers in informal learning in SMEs: Cross-comparative Action Learning

    Tracey, H., Brookes, M. & Schroder, H., 28 Apr 2018, (Accepted) p. 1-18. 18 p.

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  • Activities

    iAmAWARE: a co-production evaluation to inform the development of a computer-based psychoeducation programme

    Trisha Forbes (Presenter), , John Moriarty (Advisor), , Karen Galway (Advisor), , Paul Best (Contributor), , Heike Schroder (Contributor), , Paula McFadden (Contributor), & Patricia Gillen (Contributor)

    08 Jan 202010 Jan 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    International Journal of Human Resource Management (Journal)

    Heike Schroder (Peer reviewer)

    2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    The role of older workers in informal learning in SMEs: Cross-comparative Action Learning

    Helen Tracey (Presenter), , Mick Brookes (Presenter), & Heike Schroder (Presenter)

    06 Jun 201808 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Matt Flynn

    Heike Schroder (Host)

    23 Oct 201724 Oct 2017

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor