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Dr Kate Black

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Kate Black Nbs Staff ProfileFollowing an early career as a Marine Ecologist at a Field Centre in rural Pembrokeshire, Kate moved into retail management as an HR Manager (Recruitment and development) at branch level.  Her key role was to drive the recruitment and training 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 10years at the University of Chester, latterly within Chester Business School where she was Senior Lecturer in HRM, Programme Leader for the MSc Management (with pathways) programmes and International Partnerships Manager.

Kate is a full member of the CIPD and is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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. 

Emerging through her PhD research, Kate’s current research interests lie in the importance of informal, workplace learning for professionals in the contemporary knowledge economy.  Kate is currently working on a joint small funded research project into later-career learning.  This project aims to ascertain the implications of an ageing workforce for organisational development policy and practice.

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

Kate also undertakes pedagogic research examining such areas as student attendance and engagement and international students’ postgraduate experiences.  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 current projects that is examining the role of the undergraduate Business/Management dissertation in developing skills and capabilities for employment.

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


  • Education PhD August 01 2013
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2017
  • Member Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 2012
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Career transition as identity learning, Black, K., Warhurst, R. 1 Jan 2019, In: Human Resource Development International
  • Meaning in Mentoring, Warhurst, R., Black, K. 1 Sep 2019, In: Human Resource Development Review
  • Seeing the Unseen, 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
  • Learning from career transitions: an autoethnographic understanding of workplace learning, Black, K., Warhurst, R. 8 Jun 2017
  • Learning from Lacan: an autoethnography of career transition, Warhurst, R., Black, K. Feb 2017
  • Learning From Lacan: An Autoethnography Of Career Transition, Warhurst, R., Black, K. 6 Sep 2017
  • Methods for Researching Identity in HRD, Black, K., Warhurst, R. 7 Sep 2017, Identity as a Foundation for Human Resource Development, New York, Taylor & Francis

PGR Supervision

  • Helen Tracey Start: 01/10/2016
  • Paul Trueman Start: 01/10/2018
  • 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: 19/06/2018


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