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Dr Russell Warhurst

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School

Russell subsequently moved into a public-private partnership role co-ordinating training and development before moving into a learning and development role with a major UK airline.  

Russell began his career as an academic at the then Newcastle Polytechnic in 1989 soon after the formation of Newcastle Business School.  During this time Russell led a HND in business enterprise and subsequently an MA in HRM validated by the CIPD. 

Moving on from NBS, Russell joined Leeds Business School and led CIPD programmes in Leeds and general business programmes in Hong Kong before being seconded to BMW-Rover Group where he led manager and leadership development programmes working across various manufacturing sites in the UK and Germany. 

Russell then moved to a Scottish university to lead manager and professional development within the university’s HRM department.  More recently Russell was at the University of Chester where he was Programme Director for MBA degrees and was partly seconded to a public-private partnership body, LDL, with an organisational development remit.  

Russell holds adjunct professorships at Moscow’s prestigious Institute of International Trade and Law and at AACSB accredited, and FT “top 20” European business school, Aalto University Business School in Finland.  Russell was awarded his Doctorate in 2006 for a study into professional learning in the workplace. 

Russell’s research interests currently include workplace learning and development, manager and leadership learning, organisational learning, knowledge and wisdom, later-career learning, manager identities and well-being at work.  

Russell has won numerous research awards, reviews for a number of journals and is currently co-editing  a book with NBS colleagues on identities and HRD.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Lost and found: parkrun, work and identity, Warhurst, R., Black, K. 27 May 2021, In: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • 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
  • 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
  • Learning from career transitions: an autoethnographic understanding of workplace learning, Black, K., Warhurst, R. 8 Jun 2017, 18th International Conference for Human Resource Development Research and practice across Europe
  • Learning from Lacan: an autoethnography of career transition, Warhurst, R., Black, K. Feb 2017, Doing Business with the Unconscious
  • Learning From Lacan: An Autoethnography Of Career Transition, Warhurst, R., Black, K. 6 Sep 2017, British Academy of Management Annual Conference 2017

PGR Supervision

  • Emma Mullen Human Resources Graduate Employability: An Exploration of Line Manager Experiences and Perceptions Start Date: 11/03/2016 End Date: 03/01/2017
  • Kellie Forbes-Simpson Entrepreneurship: a question of identity? The influences of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial identity. Start Date: 02/03/2016
  • Emma Mullen Human Resources Graduate Employability: An Exploration of Line Manager Experiences and Perceptions Start Date: 11/03/2016 End Date: 03/01/2017


  • Education PhD January 01 2006
  • Research Methods PGCert July 05 2004
  • Chartered Member (MCIPD) Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) 2014

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