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Dr Kate Black

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Following an early career as a Marine Ecologist at a Field Centre in rural Pembrokeshire, Kate moved into HR management (Recruitment and Development) within retail management.  Her key role was to implement the recruitment and development strategy during a period when the branch was under considerable strain both locally in terms of staffing availability, and as a result of changing sales strategies.

Kate joined NBS in Summer 2014 following 10 years at the University of Chester, latterly within Chester Business School.  She currently holds the role of Director of Education within the Business School

Kate is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE) and a member of the CIPD (AMCIPD).  She is an elected member of British Academy of Management (BAM) Council working with the Management Knowledge and Education (MKE) sub-group.  Within this role she co-leads BAM’s Education-focused Professor programme.  Kate is also Chair of the BAM Identity SIG.

Kate completed her PhD part-time at Lancaster University in August 2013.  Her research examined the learning of professionals working within multi-agency teams within a local authority Children’s Services department.

Kate’s research interests lie in examining informal, workplace learning, as a process of ‘being’ and ‘becoming’ (identity) for professionals in the contemporary knowledge economy.  Kate is currently working on a funded research project examining inter-generational learning and knowledge exchange within the knowledge economy.

Her research adopts a largely qualitative approach to data generation with particular emphasis upon visual methods such as photo-elicitation, artefactual conversations and the use of participant-generated pictors.

Kate’s pedagogic research examines such areas as student attendance and engagement and students-as-partners.  She has worked to maintain the relevance of the research methods and dissertation elements of management education in the light of the changing demographic of management students in UK universities.  This has informed one of her projects that examined the role of the undergraduate Business/Management dissertation in developing skills and capabilities for employment.

Kate is a keen road runner, distance trail runner and mountain/hill walker.


Kate Black

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • Lost and found: parkrun, work and identity, Warhurst, R., Black, K. 27 May 2021, In: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Authentic learning with large student groups, Black, K. 4 Dec 2019
  • Career transition as identity learning: an autoethnographic understanding of human resource development, Black, K., Warhurst, R. 1 Jan 2019, In: Human Resource Development International
  • Meaning in Mentoring: More Than Meets the Eye/“I”, Warhurst, R., Black, K. 1 Sep 2019, In: Human Resource Development Review
  • New academics’ experiences of induction to teaching: an Activity Theory approach, Mathieson, S., Allin, L., Penlington, R., Black, K., Orme, E., Anderson, E., Hooper, H., McInnes, L. 31 Dec 2019
  • Seeing the Unseen: Visualizing Organizational Culture in the Classroom, Black, K., Warhurst, R. 21 Nov 2018, In: Management Teaching Review
  • Conclusions: Identity as a Foundation for HRD, Warhurst, R., Black, K., Corlett, S. 7 Sep 2017, Identity as a Foundation for Human Resource Development, New York, Taylor & Francis
  • Identity as a Foundation for Human Resource Development, Black, K., Warhurst, R., Corlett, S. 7 Sep 2017
  • Introduction: HRD – In search of identity, Warhurst, R., Black, K., Corlett, S. 7 Sep 2017, Identity as a Foundation to HRD, New York, Taylor & Francis

PGR Supervision

  • Meadbh Ruane A story of participants’ learning experiences: Illuminating the complexity and multi-dimensional process of learning on a postgraduate executive action learning programme Start Date: 19/06/2018 End Date: 07/11/2018
  • Helen Tracey Unemployment as Social Death: The Lived Experience of Long-term Unemployed Men from an Embodied Perspective Start Date: 01/10/2016
  • Paul Trueman Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 30/10/2019


  • Education PhD August 01 2013
  • Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy PFHEA 2019
  • Certified Management and Business Educator CMBE 2019
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Member Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 2012
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011

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