Dr Deborah Humphreys

Liverpool Business School

Deborah is a senior lecturer in Leadership at Liverpool Business School, School of Leadership and Organisational Development . She is an experienced academic having held senior leadership positions in both the private and public sectors. Her research is practice-based and is positioned around an individual’s understanding of the leadership they are experiencing and implications for their practice. Her transition into the theory, post-graduate teaching and research of leadership was in parallel to her doctoral research into ‘effective’ leadership. It is her belief that leaders have a social, ethical and educational responsibility. Her current research interests draw upon critical discourse approaches which provide ways of thinking about activities that individuals undertake and the resources they draw upon in socially situated contexts in order to make sense of leadership. .

Degrees

2016, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
2010, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Master of Research
1995, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, Master of Business Administration
1985, Leeds University (Trinity & All Saints), United Kingdom, BA (Hons) Communication Arts and Media

Postgraduate training

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), United Kingdom, Liverpool Hope University, 1998 - 1999

Journal article

Humphreys DM, Rigg C. 2020. The inseparable connection between leadership, agency, power and collaboration in a primary educational setting LEADERSHIP, 16 :712-737 DOI Author Url Public Url

Humphreys DM. 2018. A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book about studying organizations Action Learning: research and practice, 15 :78-81 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Chapters

Lawless A, Laing M, Humphreys D. 2018. Tales From Academia: The MAD Set Keeble-Ramsay D, Armitage A. Positive Ageing and Human Resource Development Routledge. UK Publisher Url Public Url

Highlighted activities

Conference presentation:

Development of a relational model of critical social reflection, 21st, Making a contribution in a practice field: action learning in a changing world 21st April 2021 Symposium, Oral presentation. 2021

The Social impact of the 'student-as-consumer', 'student-as-co-producer' metaphor and the role of academic leadership in HE., Academy of Human Resource Development, 2019 Conference in the Americas, Louisville, USA, Oral presentation. 2019

Cognitive mapping, power and the discursive construction of leader identity., 17th International Studying Leadership Conference, Lancaster - http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/islc-2018/, Oral presentation. 2018

Professional activities

Conference presentation:

Development of a relational model of critical social reflection, 21st, Making a contribution in a practice field: action learning in a changing world 21st April 2021 Symposium, Oral presentation. 2021

The Social impact of the 'student-as-consumer', 'student-as-co-producer' metaphor and the role of academic leadership in HE., Academy of Human Resource Development, 2019 Conference in the Americas, Louisville, USA, Oral presentation. 2019

Cognitive mapping, power and the discursive construction of leader identity., 17th International Studying Leadership Conference, Lancaster - http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/islc-2018/, Oral presentation. 2018

Discourses of leadership: the changing context of primary education and the implications for the public sector., 16th International UFHRD Conference, Cork, Ireland, Oral presentation. 2015

Research Grants Awarded:

LCR Activate, Business Growth Opportunity - Hi Impact, Christine Walters, Alan Thompson, Grant value (£): £15,120. 2020

British Academy of Management, Insider Research: Realizing the potential through connecting communities., Aileen Lawless, Michelle Laing, Grant value (£): £3,340.

Conference organisation:

University Forum for Human Resource Development Annual Conference 2019: Anniversary Conference, Stream leader –Leadership and Leadership Development as drivers for future creativity, innovation and change, http://www.ufhrd2019.com/. 2019

The 10th International Critical Management Conference, Stream leader - Potential and Possibilities of Critical Education Management, https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/business/cms2017/. 2017

Fellowships:

Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA). 2017

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