Lucy Bolton

Lucy Bolton


Lucy has been involved in research and teaching within Leeds University Business School by lecturing on the topics of consultancy, ethics, professional identity, selection and assessment, career development, workplace counselling and job design. Lucy held the position of Module Leader for the Commercial and Professional Skills for Organizational Psychologists module, teaching students on practical consultancy skills and working with organizations. (LUBS 5584M  Commercial and Professional Skills - Module Leader; LUBS 5392M;  Dissertation supervisor; LUBS 8001 Work placement tutor). Currently Lucy is an Assistant Professor at Heriot Watt University Dubai Campus leading the MSc Business Psychology and Business Psychology with Coaching programmes, lecturing on Coaching Psychology, Organisational Change, Diversity and Research Methods. 

Lucy is a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Member (CPsycho.) of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology. She has been very involved in the Division of Occupational Psychology within the BPS organising local events with Psychologists at LUBS and Co-Chaired the annual DOP Conference (2014), bringing an academic perspective to the committee.

Professional Membership /Recognition Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) (CPsychol) Co-Chair of the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Annual Conference 2014 Chartered Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) Affiliate Member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP)

Research interests

Lucy worked at Leeds University Business School from January 2009 to August 2016 as a Researcher in Organizational Psychology conducting both research and teaching activities.  Lucy’s research interests include generational differences in the workplace, careers, work values, psychometric testing, organizational change and culture, job design, knowledge management and the application of socio-technical principles. Currently Lucy is conducting her PhD research investigating generational differences in the workplace with a focus on Generation Y and their careers, work values and socialization into organizations. This work is being carried out in collaboration with three large multinational companies. Lucy has  also worked with Rolls-Royce in the area of knowledge management to update and develop their knowledge acquisition process; in particular with a focus on extracting knowledge from experts. In addition, Lucy has been working on a project with REED-NCFE developing and validating a psychometric tool assessing students readiness to work. Lucy has worked with a number of organizations across a variety of industries including Bentley Motors, Marks and Spencer, NHS, UK Government, BAE Systems, Airbus,  Aston Martin and Faraday Packaging Partnership. In addition, Lucy has presented her work at various national and international conferences:-

  • BPS Division of Occupational Psychology
  • European Association of Work and Organizational Psychologists (EAWOP)
  • Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE)

Thesis Summary/Synopsis

My research focuses on Generation Y in the workplace and understanding the key job characteristics that are impacted by this demographic groups career expectations, work values, self-efficacy and subsequently behaviours. The study will analyse how such individuals are socialised into organisations and the effect of this on their career orientations and work values. This research aims to test proposed ideas about GenYers, in comparison to other generations, developing careers theory to help organisations make evidence-based decisions to accommodate and attract new and evolving workforce characteristics.


  • Chartered Psychologist Qualification in Occupational Psychology (British Psychological Society)
  • Accredited Award in Coach Training (AACT)
  • British Psychological Society Test User Occupational - Ability and Personality
  • MSc Occupational Psychology, University of Nottingham
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne