Dr Kirsteen Grant is Associate Professor (Work and Employment), and Deputy Head of Research within the Business School. Drawing on complementary backgrounds in academia and organisational practice, Kirsteen has a strong track record of leading and delivering taught, blended and online programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels, both in the UK and overseas . She is programme leader of three programmes, two of which are with commercial clients, and she works with a number of organisations on a consultancy basis in areas of people practice.
Kirsteen currently holds a strategic research leadership role within The Business School and supervises a number of doctoral candidates. Kirsteen co-convenes the multi-disciplinary Work and Equalities in Society Research Group within the University and is HRM cluster lead in the International Centre for Management and Governance Research (ICMGR). Her own research interests encompass: professional, responsible and precarious work; future of work; younger workers; organisational leadership; talent management; and capability/skills development and utilisation. Kirsteen has published a number of peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and practitioner reports in areas of work and employment. She regularly presents her work at international academic and practitioner conferences. She is Editor of the Journal of Management Development, published by Emerald (https://www.emeraldinsight.com/journal/jmd), and currently holds two external examining roles and a number of external advisory and board appointments.
Kirsteen’s practitioner experience encompassed senior leadership roles geared around leading and supporting complex organisational change in large organisations, and she has worked extensively in the areas of professional development, engagement, leadership, learning, and talent development. Kirsteen is passionate about knowledge transfer and helping to bridge the gap between academic research and professional practice. As an outcome of her PhD (2013), Kirsteen developed a 'Performance through People’ diagnostic and toolkit, which she often utilises when working with external partners and clients. The tool is designed around five work-related factors and acts as a conversational prime and framework to enable people to explore the alignment of the five factors within their organisation.
Kirsteen is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD , Senior Fellow of the HEA, and Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE). She is a board member of Young Enterprise (Lothian), an invited role model for the UK-wide Aurora (women in higher education) leadership programme, and a mentor for the CIPD’s South East Scotland branch.