Dr Ruth Reaney

  • Lecturer in Human Resource Management (Management)


Ruth joined the Adam Smith Business School as a Lecturer in Human Resource Management in July 2020. Prior to this, she was an LSE Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She completed a PhD in Management at Queen’s University Belfast in 2018.

Ruth’s main research interests relate to employee representation and identities in contexts of institutional change. Her PhD research examined trade union responses to restructuring and new forms of collective bargaining in the French automobile industry, with a particular focus on the role of inter-union relations in shaping labour outcomes.

Ruth is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering a range of topics in HRM and Employment Relations.

Research interests

Ruth is a member of the School's Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour research cluster.

Areas of expertise:

  • Employee representation
  • Identity
  • Institutional change and uncertainty


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2019: £750 awarded internally by London School of Economics for research on Higher Education teachers’ identities in the changing context of UK academia.

2014: Full PhD Scholarship, Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (formerly NI Department of Education and Learning).


Supervisory interests

  • Employment relations
  • Employee representation
  • Employee voice
  • Institutional change


Ruth has taught a range of topics related to HRM and Employment Relations. She is currently involved in teaching for the following courses:

  • Introduction to Management
  • Contemporary Employment Relations
  • Managing Complex Change
  • Human Resource Development