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Biography

Liz joined the University of Huddersfield in April 2014 and is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management. She is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD.

Liz completed her PhD at the University of Bath School of Management in 2020. Her PhD titled 'Navigating emotionally demanding work: a narrative study of HR practitioners' experiences' used in-depth narrative interviews with participant-led photo-elicitation methods to understand how HR practitioners experience the emotional aspects of their work. She developed an innovative approach to narrative intepretation using mimesis and diegesis which facilitated a deeper understanding of emotion.

Prior to her career move into academia, Liz worked in HR, operational management and strategic change project management roles with over 17 years' experience in the retail industry. She first graduated from the University of Hull and subsequently joined Tesco where she held various operational roles in stores, culminating in a Head Office post as project manager responsible for the rollout of change management projects across 800 stores during a period of significant culture change for Tesco.

Following achievement of her MA in HRM from the Manchester Metropolitan University, Liz specialised in HR retail roles, including leading the HR Shared Services team and HR Business Partner to head office support functions at Woolworths. Liz also worked for Asda as an HR Business Partner and latterly led the Learning & Development team, responsible for the development of 170,000 colleagues across Asda's retail training academies and head office technical skills development, where she led the UK stream of a global Walmart project to provide industry-leading development for the Buying Teams and developed a CIPD accredited development programme for HR managers.

Liz's research interests centre around the individual subjective experience of work using in-depth qualitative methods to better understand others' experiences. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Narrative methodology
  • Photo-elicitation methods
  • The experience of work
  • Emotions in organisations

External positions

External Examiner, Bath Spa University

30 Sep 201830 Aug 2022

External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University

1 Nov 20171 Sep 2018

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Emotions
  • HR practitioners
  • Visual research methods
  • Narrative
  • Qualitative Research

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Research Output

Navigating emotion in HR work: Caring for ourselves?

Rivers, E., 2 Sep 2019, In : Personnel Review. 48, 6, p. 1565-1579 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Talent management: Critical perspectives

    Swailes, S., Handley, J. & Rivers, E., Apr 2017, Human Resource Management: A global and critical perspective. Syed, J. & Kramar, R. (eds.). 2 ed. Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 279-297 19 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 3 Oral presentation

    Lights, camera, action: performing in academia

    Liz Rivers (Speaker), Rachel Cockman (Speaker), Leigh Morland (Speaker) & Yvonne Novakovic (Speaker)

    30 Aug 20182 Sep 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    "Capturing" Emotions through the Camera Lens. Tea, Toast and Tissues in HR Work

    Liz Rivers (Speaker)

    29 Mar 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Emotional Reflexivity – Just Another Way of ‘Managing’ Emotion

    Liz Rivers (Speaker)

    31 Jan 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media