Centre Directors

Helen Shipton is Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of the HRM Research Centre within Nottingham Business School. Helen is interested in how employees experience Human Resource Management (HRM), and the way in which people management practices, effectively implemented, influence their attitudes, behaviours and performance. Helen has been amongst the most prominent scholars globally to connect HRM research with that focused on creativity and innovation, to reveal the role of structure in the work environment in drawing out employees’ capacity to work creatively.  Her work has been published in leading journals, including Human Resource Management, British Journal of Management and Human Resource Management Journal.


Professor Daniel King is co-director of the research centre and co-lead of the Organising as Practice research stream. Daniel’s research seeks to reimagine and broaden our understanding of business and management to include workplace democracy and alternative forms of organising. He seeks to find new ways of critical scholars to engage with and transform organisational practice to produce more inclusive and creative ways of working. His work has been published in leading journals, including Organization Studies, Human Relations, and Organizational Research Methods.


Research Associates

Dr Sarah Smith has been working as a Research Associate for NTU for four years and has a wealth of experience in qualitative research. She has expertise running focus groups, semi-structured interviews and observations and quantitative research. She has worked on research projects funded by British Academy, ESRC, Department of Education, Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and for Sports England. She has conducted many case studies and evaluations.

Catherine Abe is a Research Associate with the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice. Her role is to support and drive the delivery of research projects, staff development activities, and external engagement within the Centre. Prior to NTU, Catherine worked in generalist HR, Training and Development, and Talent Management roles. This included the design and delivery of organisational training programmes, recruitment, and administration of HR activities at a regional level.Catherine’s is studying a PhD examining public sector employees’ attributions of diversity management practices, and resulting behaviours and attitudes of this. Her research interests lie in the implementation and evaluation of HR practices and programmes designed to enhance individual, team and organisational capabilities. She particular focuses on practices centred on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and Employee Engagement.

Jack Rendall joined Nottingham Trent University (NTU) as a Research Associate in the Centre for People, Work, and Organisational Practice (CPWOP) in 2019. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the role and impact of ‘good work’ in social enterprise on the health and well-being of individuals and communities, with a particular focus on Work Integration Social Enterprises (WISE’s) in rural and urban locations of Scotland. Jack employs a Q methodological approach to gather perspectives about job quality amongst those disadvantaged in the labour market.Prior to joining NTU and CPWOP, Jack was a researcher in the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Sport and Active Lifestyle Promotion and an MSc in Social Business and Microfinance, both from GCU.

Nikolas Pautz is a Research Associate with the Centre for People, Work and Organisational Practice at Nottingham Trent University. He is involved with several different projects within the centre, including employee voice, gender pay gap issues, and the efficacy of volunteering programmes. Nikolas has previously worked as a research fellow and as a biostatistician for research institutions in South Africa. He is currently studying towards his PhD in Psychology, and aims to investigate different aspects of work and organisational practice through a psychological lens.

Centre Members