Ester Ellen Trees Bolt

Ester Ellen Trees Bolt


I joined the University of Leeds as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in January 2023. I received my PhD (2021) and Masters (2018 with Distinction) from Taylor’s University, Malaysia. Prior to this role, I was employed as a Lecturer at Sunway University, Malaysia, where I taught several HRM and research method subjects. I started my role as a Michael Beverly Innovation Fellow in September 2023 for which I conduct research on nurse well-being in the healthcare context.


  • Post-doctoral Research Fellowship

Research interests

My research focuses on contemporary HRM issues, such as labour turnover in healthcare and migrant worker well-being. While labour turnover has received research attention for over a decade, recent turnover figures in healthcare are at alarming levels particularly amongst nurses, suggesting that turnover in this context is not yet fully understood and needs further investigation. My current research aims to develop a holistic understanding of existing turnover research more broadly, in terms of theory, methods, antecedents and outcomes, of which the findings can in return be applied to multiple contexts, such as healthcare.

Recent publications

Bolt, E.E.T. & Homer, S.T. (2024). Employee corporate social responsibility and well-being: the role of work, family and culture spillover, Employee Relations, DOI 10.1108/ER-02-2023-0097

Bolt, E.E.T., Winterton, J. & Cafferkey, K. (2022). A century of labour turnover research: A systematic literature review, International Journal of Management Reviews, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 555-576.


  • PhD in Business (Taylor's University, Malaysia - 2021)
  • Master in Management (Taylor's University, Malaysia - 2018)
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (Stenden University of Applied Sciences - 2014)

Student education

Teaching experience

Developing Skills for Business Leadership – MHRM (Sunway University, Malaysia)

Corporate Social Responsibility – BBA (Sunway University, Malaysia)

Leadership in the Age of Digital Transformation – MBA (Sunway University, Malaysia)

Guest Workshop – Systematic Literature Review (University of Huddersfield, UK)

Master thesis supervision – MHRM (Sunway University, Malaysia)

PhD Viva/Work completion lecture – Faculty of Business (Sunway University, Malaysia)


Research supervision

Kawtar Bahanni – PhD Student at Sunway University, Malaysia (ongoing)

Yuni Li – MA HRM, University of Leeds (succesful completion)

Yuqing Xia – MA HRM, University of Leeds (succesful completion)

Lam Bing Shen – MHRM, Sunway University (succesful completion)

Yu Xian Yew – MHRM, Sunway University (succesful completion)


Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change