• Room 01.004 - Riddel Hall Block 3

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

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


Research activity per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile


  • Heike Schröder, PhD, MSc, MBA, PGCHET is a Senior 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 currently do not accept new PhD students.

PhD Supervisions:

  • Stuart McClure "Gender Equality in the United Kingdom and Germany: Human Resource Management in light of conflicting institutional logics" (1st supervisor; Passed viva voce with minor revisions in 2020)
  • Xueying Snow Wang "Work-life balance and caring responsibilities in China: A life course approach" (3rd supervisor; Passed Viva voce with minor revisions in 2020)
  • Caroline Millar "Labour market reintegration following maternity leave: internalised conflict and organisational silence" (1st supervisor; 4th year)
  • Blessing Chukwuka (2nd supervisor; 2nd year)
  • Mokhtar Albishry (2nd supervisor; 2nd year)
  • Huda Alrasheed (1st supervisor; 1st year)
  • Yuwen Jiang (1st supervisor; 1st year)

Taught modules:

  • BSc Business Management: MGT 1009 "Organisations and Behaviour" (2015-2016)
  • BSc Business Management: MGT 1012 "Business Government and Society" (2016-2023)
  • MSc International Business: MGT 7101 "Human Resource Management and Work in a Global Context"/"Global HRM" (2015-2023)
  • MSc Management: MGT 9030 "People and the 21st century organisation" (2016-2018)



  • 2021 "European Social Work Research Association’s Award for Outstanding Publication in European Research" conferred by European Social Work Research Association for the publication McFadden et al. (2020) Growing Older in Social Work: Perspective on Systems of Support to Extend Working Lives—Findings from a UK Survey, British Journal of Social Work.
  • 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 2021 Senior Lecturer in HRM at Queen's University Belfast, UK
  • 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


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 10 - Reduced Inequalities


Dive into the research topics where Heike Schroeder-Altmann is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or