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Professor of Work and Employment, University of Stirling

Abigail is currently Associate Dean Business Engagement and Director of the DBA Programme. Abigail’s previous role was as Director of Research and Doctoral Programmes (including C17 REF co-ordinator for Heriot-Watt) at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University (2017-2019). Between 2002 and 2017 Abigail was employed within the School of Social Sciences at Heriot-Watt (as lecturer/senior lecturer/reader and professor from 2010) where she held a number of leadership roles, the final role being Director of Research for the School of Social Sciences. Abigail has also been employed at the University of Edinburgh (1995-1999) and the University of Strathclyde (1999-2002).

Whilst at Edinburgh Business School I developed a number doctoral level partnerships with German Universities and grew the DBA programme to accommodate 414 (predominantly off campus) students. I am passionate about pursuing positive and supportive leadership with the higher education sector.

I have previously served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management Studies, Work, Employment and Society and the International Journal of Business Science and Applied Management and currently sit on the editorial boards of New Technology, Work and Employment; Team Performance Management and Leadership, Education and Personality: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

I make regular appearances on the BBC Radio Scotland, discussing issues relating to employment and work. I am the Chair of a Panel on Working Life Challenges for the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), and an External advisor on projects at Roskilde University Denmark and Ostfold University College, Norway. Since 2016 I have been a member of the Expert Advisory Group to the Scottish Government of New Social Security Powers and was an advisor on the (2012) Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy (2012-2015).


  • –present
    Professor of Work and Employment Studies, Heriot Watt University


  • 2005 
    University of Strathclyde, PhD HRM