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Prof John Blenkinsopp


Department: Newcastle Business School

John started his career at the Department of Health and Social Security, then spent several years in the chemical industry as a lab technician, before moving on to HR roles within the NHS. He started his academic career here at Northumbria University (1999-2002), and subsequently held posts at Newcastle (2002-2007), Teesside (2007-2013) and Hull (2013-2016) before returning to Northumbria in 2016. He has undertaken a range of academic leadership roles including Head of Department, Assistant Dean, MBA Programme Director, PG Programmes Director, and Subject Group Leader.

Key research projects include whistleblowing in healthcare, an examination of the role of the medical physics expert, an international comparison of bullying and emotional labour, and a study of undergraduates’ perceptions of graduate careers. John is currently developing research on coping with career disruptions, work and well-being, and issues of language and translation in organisational settings.


John Blenkinsopp

Campus Address

City Campus East
Northumbria University

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The case of the disappearing whistleblower: an analysis of National Health Service inquiries, Powell, M., Blenkinsopp, J., Davies, H., Mannion, R., Millar, R., McHale, J., Snowden, N. 17 Feb 2022, In: Public Money and Management
  • The Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Corporate Social Responsibility and Job Embeddedness in China, Meirun, T., Lockey, S., Blenkinsopp, J., Yueyong, H., Ling, L. 15 Apr 2022, In: Frontiers in Psychology
  • A cluster randomised trial of a Needs Assessment Tool for adult Cancer patients and their carers (NAT-C) in primary care: A feasibility study, Clark, J., Amoakwa, E., Wright-Hughes, A., Blenkinsopp, J., Currow, D., Meads, D., Farrin, A., Allgar, V., Macleod, U., Johnson, M. 28 Jan 2021, In: PLoS One
  • Higher education under threat: China, Malaysia, and the UK respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ma, G., Black, K., Blenkinsopp, J., Charlton, H., Hookham, C., Pok, W., Sia, B., Alkarabsheh, O. 19 Feb 2021, In: Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
  • Work disengagement: A review of the literature, Afrahi, B., Blenkinsopp, J., Fernandez de Arroyabe, J., Karim, M. 9 Mar 2021, In: Human Resource Management Review
  • Can we release the brake on the career re-entry of mothers?: A UK perspective, Bader, A., Blenkinsopp, J. 19 May 2020, Career Dynamics in a Global World, Cheltenham, Edwin Elgar
  • Crowdsourcing for sustainable urban logistics: Exploring the factors influencing crowd workers' participative behavior, Huang, L., Xie, G., Blenkinsopp, J., Huang, R., Bin, H. 12 Apr 2020, In: Sustainability (Switzerland)
  • External Whistleblowers’ Experiences of Workplace Bullying by Superiors and Colleagues, Park, H., Bjørkelo, B., Blenkinsopp, J. 1 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Business Ethics
  • Navigating the graduate labour market: the impact of social class on student understandings of graduate careers and the graduate labour market, Burke, C., Scurry, T., Blenkinsopp, J. 2 Aug 2020, In: Studies in Higher Education
  • Same Words, Different Worlds: Exploring Differences in Researcher and Participant Understandings of Promise and Obligation in the Psychological Contract, Ma, G., Blenkinsopp, J., Armstrong, S. 1 Jan 2020, In: Journal of Management and Organization

PGR Supervision

  • Shellann Moody Start Date: 27/09/2021
  • Shuo Wang Choices or Constraints? Applying the Kaleidoscope Career Model to the Careers of Female Doctors in China Start Date: 01/03/2017 End Date: 01/06/2020
  • Claire Hedley How Supportive Voice is Expressed, Interpreted and Used to convert knowledge on the Yammer Enterprise Social Network in Knowledge-Intensive Organisations Start Date: 28/09/2017 End Date: 11/06/2019
  • Aimile (Amie) Van Woudenberg-Swicegood Relationships in virtual and hybrid workplaces Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Tracey Heath Working Together for the Public Good: ‘The enactment of leadership across sector boundaries’ Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 15/09/2021
  • Nermin Hamza An empirical study of the relationship between organisational compassion, wellbeing and suffering among academics at a UK university Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 26/10/2021
  • Chaima Moujahed Exploring the impact of cultures on whistle-blowing: a comparison of French and UK NGOs in charity Sector in Africa Start Date: 01/03/2019
  • James Carrahar Successful Transition from a Military to Civilian Career Start Date: 01/10/2017
  • Stephanie Preston An investigation into cabin crew psychological well-being in the UK aviation industry Start Date: 01/03/2017
  • Olaolu Eniola Major Career Change in Later Life Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Melis Besen Start Date: 29/11/2017


  • Human Resource Management PhD June 30 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2003
  • Chartered Member (MCIPD) Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 1992

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