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    Teaching and Academic Leadership

    As Senior Lecturer in HRM, I have lead responsibility for the curriculum design and delivery of UG and PG modules in Strategic HRM, Leadership and Research Methods and for developing 'know-how' in a knowledge economy through experiential learning.  I am Dissertation Supervisor Coordinator (UG Projects); Ethics Lead (UG Projects); Experiential Learning Lead (UG and PG employability) and Research Cluster Lead (Management Education & Learning Transformation Cluster). 


    My research, writing and publication interests are inter-disciplinary and arise from a professional background in Nursing (Surrey University), Public Health (Leeds Becket University) and Community Regeneration (Leeds Primary Care Trust and Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Forum) and a concern for 'what works' in public policy implementation.

    My 1+3 ESRC funded PhD research (INLOGOV, Birmingham) entitled: "Making sense of ambiguity in urban policy outcomes" explored the tensions and contradictions of urban policy implementation using sensemaking and critical discourse methodology.

    My NIHR funded Post Doctoral research (HSMC, University of Birmingham) entitled "Exploring the processes and practices of joint commissioning in health and social care" examined the tensions of implementing joint commissioning policy nationally using Q methodology.

    My Early Career Research work (Middlesex University) involved seedcorn funded research to develop a typology of place leadership for England's Smart Cities and pedagogical work to develop a critical reflection toolkit to aid students' informal learning from work and explore the process of action learning in public sector managers.

    Current Research

    Current research (Coventry University) continues with this inter-disciplinary, cross-sectoral and impactful theme by drawing on place leadership and reflexivity to make-sense of the complexities of modern organisational and social life in a new knowledge economy.

    1. Transforming urban regeneration - Current research explores novel ways of seeing and doing place leadership for social regeneration in a new knowledge economy. 
    2. Personal and epistemological reflexivity – Current research explores ways of building leader/ manager learners' moral, social and emotional competence (know-how) to navigate the complexities of organisational and social life.

    Area of Expertise:

    • Public Policy (Urban/ Public Health/ Health & Social Care)
    • Leadership and Management Learning (Experiential Learning/ Action Learning/ Identity)
    • Strategic HRM (Knowledge Leadership/ Leadership and Management Learning)
    • Quallitative Research Methods (Critical Policy Analysis/ Multi-Discourse Analysis)

    Research Interests

    Place Leadership

    Leadership and Management Learning in the new Knowledge Economy

    Experiential Learning for Employability

    Methodological Reflexivity

    Sensemaking (Discourse)



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