The Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Group is involved in the provision of research, teaching and commentary on the changing world of work internationally and in Ireland. Drawn from diverse disciplinary and professional backgrounds and from a number of countries, members of the Group are among the leading European and Irish scholars in the field. They share a commitment to independent, critical and evidence-based research and teaching and their work in these areas takes account of the interests of all the main stakeholders in the world of work: employers, employees, trade unions and the wider community.

The Group regularly engages in public commentary and debate and also contributes to policy development.

Through our undergraduate programmes and postgraduate taught programmes we aspire to provide for our students an environment that facilitates the acquisition of knowledge and professional skills for entry into the workplace.

On the international stage, the Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Group at UCD is networked through its association with the world-leading Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School at Cornell University, New York and through its participation in the European Master’s in Labour Studies Programme with leading European universities that include Milan, Amsterdam, Louvain-La-Neuve, the London School of Economics, Warwick Business School and a range of leading institutions.

Our Faculty

Mr. Jonathan Benner



Dr. Pauline Grace


Pauline Grace is a graduate of UCD and the University of Oxford, her area of interest is Employee Reward, in particular pay systems which seek to link remuneration to employee performance.  She teaches the HRM40730 Module in the Smurfit School of Business.  This module, Reward Management, examines critical areas of reward management from both a theoretical and a practice perspective.  It also considers the links between the reward, HR and overall business strategies and the consequences of choices made in one or other of these areas.


Mr. Cathal McGreal


Cathal McGreal BL is a graduate of UCD and the Honourable Society of Kings Inns with post graduate work in labour law and human rights (B.L. B.C.L. (Eurolegal) 1998). He is a practising barrister in many areas of practise but specialising in criminal law and employment law. He is a published author in both fields. He has represented public and private sector (individual and corporate) clients at every level of the courts and tribunal system. He teaches the HRM40630 Module in the Smurfit School of Business and also lectures widely on the conference circuit on current law and practice. 


Mr Martin Farrelly


Martin Farrelly FCIPD is a Human Resource Consultant who provides leadership and direction to clients who face strategic and organisational challenges. A trusted advisor with 30+ years experience in the Human Resource function he is interested in maximising organisation performance through people. He is a graduate of UCD, the National College of Industrial Relations and TCD. Previously Martin taught in the IMI and has been an invited speaker at International conferences. Martin is the Module Coordinator for HRM40280 on the EMBA. 


Ms Isobel Butler


Isobel Butler is an Organisational Psychologist who has twenty five years’ experience as an independent facilitator and trainer working with a broad range of organisations across the public, private, not for profit and commercial semi state sectors. She has provided a range of alternative dispute resolution methods including mediation, facilitation and joint problem solving skills to help organisations and their employees manage the conflict situations that have arisen in their workplaces. She has also undertaken investigations of conflict situations at the joint request of unions and management.  Since 1997 Isobel has been an Associate Lecturer with the Open University teaching psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and for 12 years was a part –time Adjunct Lecture in DCU delivering a module on Work Organisation for the MBS in Safety and Health at Work. Isobel has taught on the Managing Conflict in Organisations Module on the MSc in HRM since 2018.


Ms Louisa Meehan



Louisa Meehan MCIPD is a HR Professional with a proven track record in providing Human Resource support to leaders regarding their employment issues. She provides support in the areas of HR, Employment law, Recruitment, Contracts of Employment, Disciplinary and Grievance, Dismissal, Performance Management, Appraisal, Absence management, Redundancy Management, Training and Development. As someone who sees first-hand the impact of workplace disputes on all participates Louisa has also become a certified mediator with the Mediators Institute of Ireland and specialises in the area of Workplace Mediation and Conflict Resolution. In this regard she has carried out research into the field of mediation in Ireland with the KIWMRG.

Louisa is a supporter of professional women and female entrepreneurship and to this end has been involved with Network Ireland for some years, she is the National President of Network Ireland for 2020.


      Phd Thesis Title


Mary Naughton 

Victims & Architects

Professor Roland Erne

Vincenzo Maccarrone

A tale of two countries? The impact of the new European economic governance on the Irish and Italian systems of industrial relations 

Professor Roland Erne

Sid McDonnell

Experiencing HRM: Do workplace wellbeing programs solve the mutual-gains / conflicting-outcomes dilemma? 

Professor Anne Keegan  

Dhuha Al-Mujadedi

Financialisation & HRM

Dr Colm McLaughlin

Loredana Dreptate

An examination of the shifting contours of employee voice in the Irish banking sector: A case analysis from the period of economic buoyancy, to financial crisis through to economic recovery

Professor John Geary

Name Area of Interest

Imre Szabo

ERC Profile

Trade unions and social movements in public services, the EU's New Economic Governance, politics of water provision, collective bargaining


Area of interest

Roberta Aguzzoli

Roberta’s research interests include international business, international and comparative employment policies and practices, human resource practices in multinational companies mainly from developing economies

Suzanne Carthy

Suzanne’s ongoing research and publication interests include diversity and inclusion in management.

Julius Nyawung

Julius’s research interests include institutionalism, political economy, talent management, innovation and comparative HRM

Ilona Hunek

Ilona’s research interests include globalization, institutional environment of business, negotiation, international negotiation, sociology of organizations, internationalisation of companies, international management, human resource management

Treasa Kenny

Treasa’s research interests include working collaboratively with both academics and practitioners in the fields of mediation, conflict intervention and negotiation

Darragh Golden

Darragh focuses on the EU's new economic governance regime and the implications for the transport sector, specifically, but also labour politics more broadly. Subsequent to a postgraduate scholarship from the IRC, Darragh was awarded an international scholarship from the Norwegian research council to work on Globalisation and the Possibility of Transnational Actors at the Centre of Advanced Studies, Oslo. 

Bianca Foehrer

A previous IRC postgraduate scholar, Bianca received her PhD in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from UCD in 2016. Driven by her main professional background in procurement and recruitment, she has decided to leave academia and remain yet connected to research in the role of Project Manager. Bianca is responsible for data management and dissemination, event organisation, human resources, procurement, and other research support.


Doctoral Workshop on Research Quality and Research Productivity

The Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Group at UCD School of Business is hosting a doctoral workshop on research quality and research productivity to be led by Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla of the ILR School, Cornell University from Monday 20th June to Sunday 25th June 2022.

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Faculty Insights Video

The Faculty Insights Series is a series of faculty interviews designed to keep you informed of latest research and thinking across a wide range of business disciplines.  In this interview, Professor Bill Roche discusses his publication entitled 'Conflict Management in Organizations'.

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Conversations in HR & Employment Relations

In this video, Professor John Geary interviews Professor Sarosh Kuruvilla of the ILR School of Cornell University about his research on global supply chains and sustainable labour standards. Professor Kuruvilla is an internationally-renowned scholar whose work has appeared in leading scholarly journals internationally. His research has informed government policy in a number of Asian countries.

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UCD Business Impact Podcast - Mind the Gap: Gender equality and pay

Professor Colm McLaughlin | Employment Relations

7th June 2022. Professor of Employment Relations Colm McLaughlin has recently taken on the role of VP of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at UCD College of Business. He talks about the importance of bringing transparency to gender pay issues and on finding out who is paid what—and why.


UCD Business Impact Podcast - From Big Data to Smart Data

Assistant Professor Maria Belizon | Human Resource Management

9th November 2020. The world of HR analytics is changing our workplaces and competitive advantage is at stake says Dr Maria Belizon, Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management at UCD College of Business.


UCD Business Impact Podcast - The Gig is Up

Professor Anne Keegan | Gig Economy

22nd June 2021. Professor of Human Resource Management Anne Keegan delves into the secret world of the gig economy and discusses changes on the horizon to make work more fair in this growing sector.




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