Susan Sayce

Susan Sayce


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Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer and researcher in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour .

  •  Course leader for the MSC in HRM
  • Chair of the NBS Extenuating Circumstances Panel

My major research interests are diversity, labour and pension trusteeship and executive boards. I also am interested in feminism in academia and equal opportunities. My  doctoral research focused on workplace relationships subsequent to restructuring.  In 2006/2007 I published my findings in the highly regarded journal Work, Employment and Society, Industrial Relations Journal and Employee Relations.  

My current research interest is diversity, pensions and pension trusteeship, where I have explored  the meaning that individual pension trustees give to this complex and challenging role with the help of the TUC trustee network and the NAPF network. I have conducted interviews with a variety of trustees and policy-makers both in the UK and Canada to  explore diversity, expertise and recruitment selection of pension trustees. In July 2008 and 2011, I gained two Canadian Government Faculty Research Scholarship administered by the Canadian High Commission to investigate  the Canadian experience of pension trusteeship diversification and expertise. The first findings were published in Economy and Industrial Democracy Journal'  in 2011. Other research work is currently in publication with  Economy and Industrial Democracy 2014, Human Resource Management Journal, 2014, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 2012. In November 2013 I took part in an international plenary in Montreal Canada  to answer  labour and pension trusteeship in the UK and Canada from both a labour activists and academic audience. In conjunction with Lucas Fettes I am also organising an event on pension trusteeship to take place at Norwich Business School. I particularly welcome working with practitioners involved in training and supporting pension trustees in the UK.

I am  on the editorial board for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Journal and I am joint-editor on a new international open access journal : Interdisciplinary perspectives on equality and diversity Launched June 2014.

I have also edited a special edition of Equality, Work and Diversity Journal  to celebrate Joan Acker's contribution to gender and organisation theorising. in 2012 I was also a joint editor on another special edition for Equality, Work and Diversity Journal about feminism and academia.  As a member of the Decere network  which looks at diversity in employment and careers at UEA  I coordinated a Celebrating Feminism in Academia Conference UEA 2010 with Dr Kate Sang of Heriott Watt University , Edinburgh. .  I am also a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Group and have been a member of their working party to formulate an equality policy for the association.

I have first supervised five PHD students two of whom have completed. Topics range from executive board relationships,  to the transition economy and gender composition in Russia , gender and career advancement in academia in Pakistan and the UK and careers and social capital in Jordan and executive board composition in Nigeria. 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Academic Events

Founding Member and Co-editor of a new open-access journal launched summer (2015)Interdisciplinary perspectives on equality and diversity; an International Journal

Workshop Coordinator for the Feminist Methods Conference (2011) on Reflexivity and Feminist Research

Coordinator: 'The Future Direction of Pension Provision' UEA London in conjunction with Lucas Fettes (March 2010)

Co-ordinated ‘Celebrating Feminism in Academia Conference' DECERe at University of East Anglia Sept 22nd 2010 in conjunction with Dr Kate Sang

Convenor of Equality and Diversity Inclusion Conference's Stream with Dr Josie Kinge ‘Diversity and Industrial Relations', Vienna, July 2010.

Convenor of Equal Opportunities International Workshop ‘Diversity and Industrial Relations' Istanbul Turkey, July 2009

Teaching Interests

I am interested in teaching HRM and employee relations to the students. I am course leader for the MSC in HR and I am responsible for two modules for the MSC Global Career Management and Managing People in Organisations to MSc students. I also teach on HRM for the second year undergraduate and for third years students I have designed a module which examine employee relations and contemporary workplace issues from which each student can choose and design their own coursework and project, here an interest in teaching research methods at all levels is used to support the student's development of their ideas.

I also teach PhD students and I have seen two PhD students through to completion in board relationships and developments in gender composition in work in Russia. I  have three students currently researching academic careers and hegemonic masculinity in Pakistan and the UK, social capital in Jordan and board composition, governance and diversity in Nigeria.

I also have an interest in communicating methodological issues around reflexivity and feminist research.


Professional Activities

I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy

I am also a member of the British Universities Industrial Relations Society and  helped to design their equality and diversity policy that was implemented in 2011.

I have written articles for the Pension Managment Institute Magazine on the topic of pension trustees motives for participating in trusteeship in Jan/Feb 2014

I also have done  interviews and commentaries for Future Radio and the BBC Norfolk on pension and the budget and the increase in retirement ages and I am willing to speak on any issues in connection to pensions.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality