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About Deirdre Anderson

Dr Deirdre Anderson is Head of Department for People and Organizations in Lincoln International Business School.  She is a Director of the Eleanor Glanville Centre, an interdisciplinary centre linking diversity mandates and initiatives with research and scholarly activities across the University. She is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University and a Senior Fellow of the Foundation for Management Education, having been awarded an FME/ESRC Fellowship in 2008.  Her research interests include flexibility, work and family (especially in different cultures), gendered careers, and women’s management pipeline, all considered through a lens of inclusion and diversity. Deirdre frequently presents her research at academic and practitioner conferences within the UK and internationally.  She has twice presented at, and participated in, Expert Group Meetings at the United Nations in New York.  Deirdre’s research into flexible working formed an Impact Case Study in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2014 and she has published in peer-reviewed journals, co-edited a book and written a number of book chapters in her areas of expertise.  Deirdre has successfully supervised two doctoral students to completion (1 x PhD and 1 x DBA) and has a further three ongoing PhD supervisions.  She has acted as external examiner for PhDs at Queen Mary University, Manchester Business School, London School of Economics, Warwick University and University of New England in Australia. She is External Examiner at Middlesex University for modules in the Leadership, Work and Organizations Department. 

Department Responsibilities

As Head of Department for People and Organizations, Deirdre is part of the College Leadership Team.  She is responsible for overseeing and developing a successful portfolio of programmes, maintaining and building new academic and research partnerships and other external networks, coordinating the department’s research, maximising income generation, and leading strategies to enhance the impact of the department’s activities. 

Subject Specialism

Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour


  • PhD in Management — Cranfield University, 2009
  • MRes in Research Methods — Cranfield University, 2004
  • MSc in Occupational and Organizational Psychology — University of East London, 1991
  • BSc (Hons) Business Studies — University of Bradford, 1983


  • Visiting Fellow — Cranfield University,
  • Teaching Excellence — Cranfield School of Management,
  • Visiting Lecturer — Curtin University, Perth, Australia,
  • Senior Fellow — Foundation for Management Education,

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Research Interests

  • flexibility and work-life integration

  • gendered careers

  • work and family (especially in different cultures)

  • women’s management pipeline

Research Projects

  • Agile working - developing teaching case studies — awarded £4000 by Cranfield University in 2016
  • Gender equality in decision-making — awarded £19443 by European Union in 2016
  • Work-life balance in the recession and beyond (seminar series) — awarded £23536 by ESRC in 2016
  • Public sector austerity cuts and the work life balance agenda — unfunded in 2013
  • Different families: work life balance and career challenges among lone parents and non-resident parents — awarded £4000 by Cranfield University in 2012
  • Governing bodies, equality and diversity in Higher Education Institutions — awarded £70000 by Equality Chalenge Unit and Leadership Foundation in 2009
  • Flexible working and performance — awarded £140000 by Industry funding in 2008
  • Women partners leaving professional services firms — awarded £40000 by industry funding in 2005

Professional Affiliations

  • British Psychological Society — Member
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development — Academic Fellow