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Dr Maeve O'Sullivan



Dr Maeve O'Sullivan is a lecturer and former Programme Director for the MSc in Human Resource Management at the Department of Management and Marketing and HR Research Centre, Cork University Business School (CUBS), University College Cork, Ireland. Prior to joining UCC in August 2019, she was an adjunct lecturer and researcher at the Departments of Work & Employment Studies and Management & Marketing at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick and a former Kemmy Business School Scholar. 

Maeve researches and lectures in a variety of human resource management, organisational behavior, leadership and management-related subjects at CUBS. Previously, Maeve held senior management and consultancy roles in both public and private sector organisations in Ireland, the UK and at the European Commission in Brussels. This experience has led to a wide range of research and consultancy interests relating to gender equality and decent work including multi-level implications of part-time, low-paid and precarious employment. 

Maeve disseminates her research findings through leading high-ranking, peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, podcasts, media engagements and at national and international conferences. Her research output has been nominated for best paper at the XI International Workshop in HRM in Seville (2018). In addition, among others, Maeve is a peer reviewer for the Human Resource Management Journal, a registered psychometric tester with the British Psychological Society and a French speaker.

Twitter: @maeveosull



  • English
  • French
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Grants and Honours

  • 06/12/2021 - College of Business & Law Research Centre of the Year 2021 for Human Resource Research Centre, University College Cork
  • 01/12/2020 - College of Business & Law Research Centre of the Year 2020 for HR Research Centre, University College Cork
  • 01/09/2020 - Intergenerational variations in quality of work for part-time workers, University College Cork
  • 25/10/2018 - Nominee, best paper award, Pablo de Olavide University
  • 01/09/2012 - Kemmy Business School Scholar, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
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Other Activities

  • 01/10/2021 - External examiner for HR modules, Athlone Institute of Technology
  • 26/08/2021 - Session chair, BSA Work, Employment and Society Conference
  • 26/08/2021 - One step forward, two steps back: Gender impacts of Covid-19 for working women
  • 25/08/2021 - Symposium Co-convenor, Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference
  • 25/08/2021 - Gendered impacts of COVID-19 for female labour force participation in Ireland, Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference
  • 08/08/2020 - RTE Brainstorm article, RTE
  • 12/05/2020 - RTE Brainstorm Article, RTE
  • 02/04/2020 - RTE Brainstorm article, RTE
  • 09/03/2020 - Invited participant, European Academy of Management
  • 01/10/2019 - Human Resource Management Journal
  • 01/01/2019 - Irish Journal of Management
  • 05/09/2014 - Session chair, Irish Academy of Management Annual Conference
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Pedagogic Experiences

  • 2019 - Investigating a Business Issue from a HR Perspective, University College Cork, HDip Human Resource Management
  • 2019 - Research Methods, University College Cork, MSc Management and Marketing
  • 2019 - Strategy, Leadership and Change, University College Cork, MSc Project Management
  • 2018 - Leadership and Change Management, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick
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Research Domains

  • Gender and Identity in Organisations
  • Employee well-being and engagement
  • Organisational behaviour  
  • Diversity & inclusion
  • Gender and development  
  • Labour Market Policies  
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Journal article

Year Publication
2021 O'SULLIVAN, M., CROSS, C., LAVELLE, J. (2021). Good or bad jobs? Characteristics of older female part‐time work. Industrial Relations Journal, 52 (5), 423-441. doi:10.1111/irj.12343. Details
2020 O'SULLIVAN, M., CROSS, C., LAVELLE, J. (2020). The forgotten labour force: Characteristics and trends for older female part-time workers in Ireland. Irish Journal of Management, 39 (1). doi:10.2478/ijm-2010-0006. Details

Book chapter

Year Publication
2019 O'SULLIVAN, M., CROSS, C. (2019). The Forgotten Workforce: Older Female Part-Time Workers’ Job Characteristics. Cambridge Scholar Publishing.
2021 O'SULLIVAN, M. (2021). Managing Diversity (2nd ed.). Organisational behaviour: an introduction. Second Ed.. London: Bloomsbury.
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