Our Team

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 Team

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.

Dr Nene Ibokessien is a Research Fellow for the CWPOP. She has recently completed her PhD in HRM and is proficient in qualitative and quantitative research. Nene’s doctoral research looked at the impact of gendered practices, ethnicity and religion on the recruitment, selection and promotion of academic women and how these factors serve as the bases for the creation and reproduction of inequalities in the workplace. She is working on several research projects for the centre including the ‘Respond, recover, reset:the voluntary sector and COVID-19’ ESRC funded project.

Dr Ghazal Vahidi has recently joined the CWPOP as a Research Fellow. She is now completing her PhD in sociology of work, investigating the representation of contemporary career concepts in UK print media. Doing her studies as a member of “Work and Organisation Research Group” in Loughborough University offered her the opportunity to explore different fields of human resource management, critical management studies and industrial relations during the last 4 years. Along with her studies, she has also worked as an associate lecturer for modules such as Organizational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Data Analysis for Marketing and qualitative research.  Currently, she is working on research projects for the centre including the the ‘Respond, recover, reset:the voluntary sector and COVID-19’ ESRC funded project.

David Dahill has worked as a researcher on a number of projects across the University; this has included ‘Access To Legal Advice And Support Services For People With Insecure Immigration Status (LAPIS)’, ‘Decent and Good Work in the Platform Economy: Private Hire and Taxi Work in Nottingham’, and a Rapid Evidence Assessment of Psychological Wellbeing and Safety in a Global Context. His doctoral research explores the existential and social dimensions of precarious work, including an auto-ethnography of temporary agency work in the UK.

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