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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 has considerable experience of working in HR, operational management and strategic change project management roles over her 17 years' experience in the retail industry. She first graduated from the University of Hull (Business Studies and French) and subsequently joined Tesco’s graduate scheme. She was appointed to 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.

Before joining the University of Huddersfield, Liz worked for Asda where she joined as an HR Business Partner and latterly led the Learning & Development team, responsible for the development of 170,000 colleagues across Asda. In this role, Liz led the UK stream of a global Walmart project to provide industry-leading development for the Buying Teams. She also launched a People Academy within the HR Function, which included a CIPD qualification for Store HR Managers, an HR Business Partner upskilling programme and an online Academy resource, in addition to the implementation of a learning management system and online e-learning programmes for Head Office and Logistics Managers as part of the Asda Training Academy.

Liz is currently studying her PhD at the University of Bath School of Management. Her PhD topic is an exploration of how HR practitioners experience emotions in their working lives, using a narrative methodology and photo-elicitation methods.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Visual research methods 
  • Emotions in organisations
  • HR practitioners working lives

External positions

External Examiner, Bath Spa University

30 Sep 201830 Aug 2022

External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University

1 Nov 20171 Sep 2018


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

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Liz Rivers is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Emotions Medicine & Life Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Organizations Medicine & Life Sciences
Critical perspective Business & Economics
Talent management Business & Economics
Human resources Business & Economics
Emotion Business & Economics
Practice Management Medicine & Life Sciences

Research Output 2017 2017

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

Talent management
Critical perspective
Institutional theory

Activities 2018 2018

  • 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