Staff profile

Dr Amanda Lee

Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management

Amanda Lee in a classroom


Human Resource Management


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



As a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management, I lead and teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and programmes. I supervise students through to doctoral level.

I am a member of the Management Education Research Cluster and the Business School Research Ethics Committee. I have been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham and an External Assessor at the Open University.

Prior to a career in academia, I worked as an HR practitioner in the NHS, construction and retail sectors.

Teaching responsibilities

I lead and teach undergraduate modules on Employee Development; Contemporary Issues in HR Management; and Developing Leadership and Management.

At postgraduate level I lead and teach on Developing Skills for Professional Practice; Leading, Managing and Developing People; Research Methods; Independent Study; and Communicating your Research.

Professional interests

I am an active member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and Co-Chair of the BAM Research Methodology Special Interest Group.

Director of the John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust (JTMAT).  

Research interests

My research interests include human and organisational impacts of remote working, managerial control and surveillance, the changing nature of professional and academic identities, ethnography and qualitative research methodologies.

Funded research projects I have delivered include investigating comparative analyses of Human Resource Development across the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe and sustainability/low-carbon skills training.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I have presented papers at the British Academy of Management Annual Conferences, the International Labour Process Conference and the Critical Management Studies International Conference. Topics have included control and surveillance of working practices, professional and academic identity, early career researcher development, ethnographic and qualitative research methodologies.

I received the British Academy of Management (BAM) Best Development Paper Award for my paper ‘Location independent working: An ethnographic study’. Presented at the BAM Annual Conference, Warwick Business School, September 2017.

Experience in industry

I began my HR professional career in the National Health Service, working within South East Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Health Authorities. Following this, I moved into HR management roles within the private sector. Firstly, in a large Midlands-based construction company and finally, in a national retail department store chain. As part of my role as a director in John Taylor Multi-Academy Trust, I provide HR support and guidance and am directly involved with recruitment, selection, performance management of senior staff and sit on disciplinary panels.

International experience

I have delivered modules on a MA in Human Resource Management Course to Emirates Airline Staff studying at the Aviation College in Dubai.

Recent publications

Find out more on my Academia and ORCID profiles.