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Ishbel McWha-Hermann

Lecturer in International Human Resource Management, The University of Edinburgh

I teach in the area of HRM and IHRM with a particular interest in issues of social justice and diversity. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh I worked for two years as Research Associate at Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute (EDI). In this role I undertook research into improving the employment experiences of individuals with disabilities. Prior to this, my research work focused on the application of Industrial and Organisational Psychology to the international development arena. In particular, I have studied the importance of relationships between local and foreign workers in lower-income contexts, and the impact of disparate salaries on those relationships, ultimately informing the success of capacity development and poverty reduction initiatives. My research has been published in peer-reviewed journals within both the international development and psychology arenas. I have lived and worked in numerous different countries, including India, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and the UK.

In 2010 I was awarded a SIOP Presidential Celebration Coin for Science and Practice for my work on Project ADDUP, a multidisciplinary and international research project which examined the impact of local-expatriate salary disparities on the performance and motivation of workers across six lower-income countries. I was a founding member of the Global Task Force for Humanitarian Work Psychology, and was inaugural Chair of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology (GOHWP). In July 2012 I was appointed as an inaugural SIOP Representative to the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).


  • 2015–present
    Lecturer in International HRM, University of Edinburgh