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I welcome students who are interested in organisational change, leadership, complexity, policing and the interaction of organisational processes with wider political processes.


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Research Interests

I am a Reader in Leadership and Organisational Change & the Co-Director of the Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation (CLEO), Queens Management School. I am also a Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and a Senior Fellow of Northern Ireland's policy Think Tank - Pivotal. My research explores leadership, change and organisational development in politically volatile environments, including those affected by ethno-political conflict.

You can access some of my work - such as a free chapter of my new book - Management and War: How Organisations Navigate Conflict and Build Peace here. A sample chapter of a previous book on organisational change in Northern Ireland policing is avaliable here and a chapter of our highly cited book on public management and complexity theory with Mary Lee Rhodes, Jenny Muir and John Murray is accessable here. My recently published 4* open access paper on framing and system wide change with Andrew Pettigrew and David Denyer is avaliable here

My current research project is entitled  'A Duty of Hope: The Anglo-Irish Division and the Work of Peace in Ireland'. It documents the activities, development and impact of the Anglo-Irish Division of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs through the prism of peacebuilding and conflict diplomacy. Drawing on extensive interviews with public officials and those with whom they worked, the book explores the iteration of the Division itself, its relationship with other branches of government and the organisational, political and diplomatic efforts at peacebuilding over almost forty years. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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