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Eleanor Davies is a Chartered Psychologist and Registered Occupational Psychologist (Health & Care Professions Council), having completed a BSc (Hons) with First Class Honours in Psychology from the Open University and an MSc in Organisational Psychology from UMIST.  As a work psychologist, her main research interests are understanding people in organisations, in particular at key career transition points. 

A particular area of focus of Eleanor’s research has been older workers, both as individuals as well and from the perspective of how older workers are managed.  Her work on retirement and extending working life and she has published her work in Frontiers in Psychology, Ageing & Society and Employee Relations. She has collaborated with Professor Beatrice van der Heijden and Professor Matt Flynn. Eleanor is a member of the Behavioural Research Centre at Huddersfield Business School is currently undertaking investigating how decisions relating to extending working life are shaped by behavioural science / prospect theory.  She has obtained research funding from the international body NETSPAR.

Eleanor’s academic interests also include broader aspects of people in organisations and she is involved in research about diversity (ethnic and age diversity), job embeddenesss, guanxi, and bridge  employment, adopting both quantitative and qualitative methods.  Along with Professor Petko Kusev, Director of the Behavioural Research Centre, she supervises doctoral students in various aspects of behavioural science.

During her professional training, Eleanor specialised in coaching and has worked with students and employees to successfully achieve their work-related goals. She has undertaken training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and used this in her coaching work.  This background informs Eleanor’s teaching in professional development and her role as course leader for the MSc Strategic Communication Leadership run for the UK Government Communication Service (Cabinet Office).

Eleanor is a highly experienced leader in Higher Education with over 20 years of experience.  As Director of Teaching and Learning at Huddersfield Business School, she has oversight of the Teaching and Learning agenda in the Business School and is leading on extensive review of the postgraduate and undergraduate curriculum.  She is heavily involved in the AACSB accreditation process and instrumental in the design and implementation of Assurance of Learning.  Previous academic leadership roles have included Head of Postgraduate Programmes, Subject Group Leader (Organisation Studies) and Chair of the Research Ethics Committee.

Eleanor’s teaching draws on her background as an occupational psychologist and includes Consultancy Skills, Professional Skills and Research Methods.  She has a number of successful doctoral completions.

She is a member of the British Psychological Society Special Interest Group in Coaching and an active member of the North East of England Branch of the BPS, leading on Continuous Professional Development. 

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Older workers
  • work
  • pscyhology
  • retirement
  • Transition
  • line manager
  • Retirement transition
  • AEM Sector
  • Management of Retirement Age Staff


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