Dr Beverly Metcalfe

Liverpool Business School


I am available for PhD/DBA Supervision October 22 in the following areas:
Women's Empowerment, HRD/HRM, Leadership in developing economies, mainly MENA, Asia, Africa
Women, SDG Planning and Sustainability, Women's Educational Leadership
Islamic Feminisms/Global Feminisms and Social and Economic Change.

Please do email metcalfebd@yahoo.co.uk and b.d.metcalfe@ljmu.ac.uk to discuss potential proposals

My work has advanced understandings of organization management and diversity in the global political economy, especially the MENA and African regions. I have developed understandings of the Islamic Gender Regime and how social, cultural and structural constraints and opportunities shape women's work identities. Islamic Gender Regimes are socially and historically constituted. I have also devised the name 'Feminizing Fiqh', which is a legal and policy process women and men engage participate in. The process of 'feminzing fiqh' represents a literary tool and tactic to help re-evaluate and unravel the interpretations of the Quran and Hadith in the contemporary context of 2022. As part of my interest in these themes my work is exploring broader issues of human rights, decent work, and work and welfare which aligns with sustainable development. Explanations of economic and social change in the Global South thus also include assessments of SDG attainment over time. Ultimately this ties to global governance and the inclusion of business partners over multi-levels, which intertwine the lenses of transnationalism and transnational feminist networking (TFW).

The interdisciplinary nature of my work linking with management, sociology, politics and development writings, captures the complex nuances of the political economy as we make an attempt to reset towards governance systems that reflect nuanced understandings of place and space, and enable relevant public policy development. In line with this I am advocating decolonial horizons that disconnect from orientalism and the coloniality of power.

World leading scholar in Women, Leadership and Sustainable Development

1. Women's empowerment in developing economies
2. HRD, and SDGs in developing economies especially in Middle East, Africa and Asia.
3. Women, Work, and Welfare in the Global Political Economy
4. Leadership and Development
5. Public Policy and Development

I have worked in Australia, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, KSA, Korea, UAE, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Lebanon, Thailand, Russia

I have held Visiting Professors at Monash, Griffith, Australia, Helwan University, Cairo in Egypt, and St Petersburg State University in Russia.

I am currently Visiting Scholar ESA, Grand Ecole Business School, Hamra, Beirut, metcalfe.b@esa.edu.lb, and undertaking collaborative work on female migrant domestic workers in MENA region, with Sally Shamieh at ESA.

I am also advising a women's organization AIMERS in India on research development incorporating woman's empowerment, and human wellbeing, http://aimers.co.in

I have written 3 books
Leadership Development in the Middle East,(ed with F. Mnoumi) 2011, Edward Elgar, 2012 Paperback
Women, Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East, January 2022, Routledge, New York.
Feminism Diversity and HRD, Out March 2023, Routledge

Updated 18 June 22, 04.12am

Academic appointments

Research Director, Advising, Education, Women Empowerment and Health for minorities, Research, aimers.co.in/about/-us/, AIMERS Education and Research Society, 2022 - present
Visiting Professor Women and Development, Business, ESA Lebanon, 2020 - present

Postgraduate training

PGCE, UK, Greenwhich University, 1993 - 1995


Metcalfe BD. 2022. Women, Entrepreneurship and Development in the Middle East Metcalfe BD, Bastian B, Al-Dajani H. Routledge. London

Metcalfe BD, Mimouni F. 2011. Leadership Development in the Middle East 9781847206152

Metcalfe BD, Murfin T. 2011. Leadership, social development and political economy in the Middle East: An introduction :1-60 9781847206152 DOI

Editorial/letter to the editor

Georgiadou A, Metcalfe BD, Dickerson von Lockette N, Groutsis D, Ozkazanc-Pan B. 2021. Gender, bodies and identities in organization: Postcolonial critiques Gender, Work and Organization, 28 :1719-1725 DOI

Syed J, Metcalfe BD, Ali F, Ekuma K. 2018. Critical perspectives of HRD and social transformation in sub-Saharan Africa Human Resource Development International, 21 :391-405 DOI

Karam CM, Metcalfe BD, Afiouni F. 2018. Gender and governance in developing economies Business Ethics, 27 :287-293 DOI

Journal article

Akobo LA, Otaye-Ebede L, Metcalfe B. 2021. Black Lives and Bodywork Matters: A Post- Colonial Critique of Gender and Embodiment in Nigeria Gender, Work and Organization, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Metcalfe BD, Makarem Y, Afiouni F. 2021. Macro talent management theorizing: transnational perspectives of the political economy of talent formation in the Arab Middle East The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 32 :147-182 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Bastian BL, Metcalfe BD, Zali MR. 2019. Gender Inequality: Entrepreneurship Development in the MENA Region Sustainability, 11 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Makarem Y, Metcalfe BD, Afiouni F. 2019. A feminist poststructuralist critique of talent management: Toward a more gender sensitive body of knowledge BRQ Business Research Quarterly, 22 :181-193 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Syed J, Metcalfe BD. 2017. Under western eyes: A transnational and postcolonial perspective of gender and HRD Human Resource Development International, 20 :403-414 DOI

Syed J, Metcalfe BD. 2015. Guest Editors’ Introduction: In Pursuit of Islamic akhlaq of Business and Development Journal of Business Ethics, 129 :763-767 DOI

Fotaki M, Metcalfe BD, Harding N. 2014. Writing materiality into management and organization studies through and with Luce Irigaray Human Relations, 67 :1239-1263 DOI

Metcalfe BD, Woodhams C. 2012. Introduction: New Directions in Gender, Diversity and Organization Theorizing - Re-imagining Feminist Post-colonialism, Transnationalism and Geographies of Power International Journal of Management Reviews, 14 :123-140 DOI

Hutchings K, Lirio P, Metcalfe BD. 2012. Gender, globalisation and development: A re-evaluation of the nature of women's global work International Journal of Human Resource Management, 23 :1763-1787 DOI

Metcalfe BD. 2011. Women, work organization, and social change: Human resource development in arab gulf states Human Resource Development International, 14 :123-129 DOI

Metcalfe BD. 2011. Women, empowerment and development in arab gulf states: A critical appraisal of governance, culture and national human resource development (hrd) frameworks Human Resource Development International, 14 :131-148 DOI

Hutchings K, Metcalfe BD, Cooper BK. 2010. Exploring Arab Middle Eastern women's perceptions of barriers to, and facilitators of, international management opportunities International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21 :61-83 DOI

Metcalfe BD. 2008. Women, management and globalization in the Middle East Journal of Business Ethics, 83 :85-100 DOI

Metcalfe BD, Woodhams C. 2008. Critical perspectives in diversity and equality management Gender in Management: An International Journal, 23 :377-381 DOI

Metcalfe BD. 2008. A feminist poststructuralist analysis of hrd: Why bodies, power and reflexivity matter Human Resource Development International, 11 :447-463 DOI

Rees CJ, Metcalfe BD. 2008. Organizational change and development in transition economies: Critical perspectives from Eastern Europe Human Resource Development International, 11 :113-118 DOI

Metcalfe BD, Fielden SL. 2007. Guest editorial Women in Management Review, 22 :47 DOI

Dick G, Metcalfe B. 2007. The progress of female police officers?: An empirical analysis of organisational commitment and tenure explanations in two UK police forces International Journal of Public Sector Management, 20 :81-100 DOI

Metcalfe BD. 2007. Gender and human resource management in the Middle East International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18 :54-74 DOI

Metcalfe BD. 2006. Exploring cultural dimensions of gender and management in the Middle East Thunderbird International Business Review, 48 :93-107 DOI

Rees CJ, Järvalt J, Metcalfe B. 2005. Career management in transition: HRD themes from the Estonian civil service Journal of European Industrial Training, 29 :572-592 DOI

Metcalfe BD, Afanassieva M. 2005. The woman question? Gender and management in the Russian Federation Women in Management Review, 20 :429-445 DOI

Metcalfe BD, Rees CJ. 2005. Theorizing advances in international human resource development Human Resource Development International, 8 :449-465 DOI

Rees CJ, Metcalfe B. 2003. The faking of personality questionnaire results: Who's kidding whom? Journal of Managerial Psychology, 18 :156-165 DOI

Metcalfe B, Linstead A. 2003. Gendering teamwork: Re-writing the feminine Gender, Work and Organization, 10 :94-119 DOI

Metcalfe B, Dick G. 2002. Is the force still with her? Gender and commitment in the police Women in Management Review, 17 :392-403 DOI

Metcalfe B. 2001. The strategic integration of pop and performance management: A viable partnership? Policing and Society, 11 :209-234 DOI

Dick G, Metcalfe B. 2001. Managerial factors and organisational commitment: A comparative study of police officers and civilian staff International Journal of Public Sector Management, 14 :111-128 DOI

Metcalfe B, Dick G. 2001. Exploring organisation commitment in the police Implications for human resource strategy Policing, 24 :399-419 DOI

Metcalfe B, Dick G. 2000. Is the force still with you? Measuring police commitment Journal of Managerial Psychology, 15 :812-832 DOI

Metcalfe B. Project management system design: A social and organisational analysis International Journal of Production Economics, 52 :305-316 DOI


Bastian BL, Hill S, Metcalfe BD. 2021. Gender, culture and entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Women’s Entrepreneurship and Culture: Socio-cultural Context, Traditional Family Roles and Self-determination :20-46 9781789905038

Metcalfe BD, Makarem Y, Afouni F. 2020. Critical Feminist Organisation Studies and Talent Management: Re-imagining Transnational, Intersectional and Postcolonial Agendas Managing Talent: A Critical Appreciation :125-143 9781839090943 DOI

Metcalfe B. 2016. The return of the goddess: Femininity and divine leadership Women and the Divine: Touching Transcendence :127-152 9781349738748 DOI

Metcalfe B, Hutchings K. 2014. Representation as scholars and representing the researched: The gendered position of UK and Australian women academics researching women in management internationally Research Handbook on Women in International Management :397-415 9781781955024 DOI

Hearn J, Metcalfe BD, Piekkari R. 2012. Gender, intersectionality and international HRM international human resource management Handbook of Research in International Human Resource Management, Second Edition :509-531 9781849809184 DOI

Metcalfe BD, Mutlaq L. 2011. Women, leadership and development: Reappraising the value of the feminine in leadership theorizing in the Middle East Leadership Development in the Middle East :328-370 9781847206152

Mimouni F, Metcalfe BD. 2011. Leadership development philosophy and practice in Saudi Arabia Leadership Development in the Middle East :169-196 9781847206152

Metcalfe BD, Mimouni F, Murfin T. 2011. Turning neither to East nor West: Social reform and a liberating ethics for leadership development Leadership Development in the Middle East :371-400 9781847206152

Metcalfe BD. 2010. Reflections on difference: Women, Islamic feminism and development in the Middle East Managing Gender Diversity in Asia: A Research Companion :140-159 9781847206442

Metcalfe BD. 2010. Carving a niche for a feminist scholar: Shifting academic identities in UK universities Making Inclusion Work: Experiences from Academia Around the World :159-173 9781848440845

Hearn J, Metcalfe BD, Piekkari R. 2006. Gender and international human resource management Handbook Of Research In International Human Resource Management :502-522 9781845421281 DOI

Metcalfe BD. Gender, Communication and International Business Barrett M, Davidson MJ. Gender and Communication at Work 1 routledge Publishing, Ltd.. Abingdon and New York 9780754681090

Other invited event:

KEYNOTE: 6th-8th July 2022 'Women, Empowerment and the SDGs: Paths for Knowledge Upgrading'. at Knoweldge Economy Conference, Conference, Theory and Applications of the Knowledge Economy, Held at Universidade Portucalenense, Porto, Portugal 6-8th July 2022, Conference Website 6-8th July Knowledge Economy KEYNOTE SPEAKERS https://take-conference2022.com/keynote-speakers-2/. 2022

9th Global Sustainability Forum, Basel University, online globally, Keynote Presentation. 2021