Kirsteen Grant

Kirsteen Grant

Dr Kirsteen Grant PhD, Chartered FCIPD, FHEA

Associate Professor of Human Resource Management


Dr Kirsteen Grant is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Drawing on complementary backgrounds in organisational practice and academia, Kirsteen’s practitioner experience lies in leading and supporting complex organisational change, and people management and development in large organisations. She has worked extensively in the areas of professional development, employee engagement, leadership, learning, and talent development/management.

In her current role, Kirsteen successfully leads two CIPD accredited MSc in Human Resource Management programmes for commercial clients. Kirsteen also teaches and examines across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivered in Edinburgh and across the TNE portfolio (most often in Hong Kong and Singapore). She has successfully supervised more than 45 Honours and Masters dissertations and currently supervises five doctoral candidates. Kirsteen also holds external examining roles and external board appointments. An active researcher, her research interests centre on areas of: responsible, professional and precarious work; (changing) nature and expectations of work; talent management; workplace skills utilisation; and high performance working. Kirsteen’s current research focuses on the airline industry and public service organisations.

Kirsteen’s Ph.D. (2013) comprised the theoretical development and empirical validation of a framework to explore the roles of five ‘high performance working’ typologies in enabling and supporting workplace skills utilisation. She has since developed a 'Performance through People' diagnostic and toolkit which is designed to enable practitioners to examine people performance within their own organisations.

Maintaining links between academia, industry and professional practice, Kirsteen is a member of CIPD Scotland's Knowledge into Practice (KIP) Steering Group and is KIP Lead for the South East Scotland branch of the CIPD. KIP brings together academics and practitioners to share knowledge and debate topics of common interest.


Research Areas



Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Fellow, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Fellow, Institute of Leadership and Management


Invited Speaker

  • 'Performance through People' Workshop, CIPD Ayrshire Group
  • 'Knowledge into Practice' Seminar using own 'Performance through People' diagnostic/toolkit, CIPD Scotland
  • 'Performance through People' Seminar using own diagnostic/toolkit, European Organisation Design Forum
  • 'Performance through People' Workshops using own diagostic/toolkit, NHS Education for Scotland
  • 'High Performance Working and Skills Utilisation' Presentation, CIPD Scotland Future Talent Conference


Non-executive Directorship

  • Board Member, Young Enterprise Lothian


Public/Community Engagement

  • 'Developing our Approach to Collaborative Talent Management in Scotland's Public Services' Workshop, Improvement Service


Visiting Positions

  • Research Dissemination/Exchange, George Brown College, Toronto


Current Post Grad projects