Dr Paula Burkinshaw



PhD (ESRC studentship) 2013 Lancaster University
Associate Member (by teaching qualification) 2012 Higher Education Academy
Fellow 2000 Institute Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL)
Chartered Fellow 1999 Chartered Institute Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Professional Certificate in Coaching  2002 School of Coaching/Strathclyde University
MA (by research) 1999 York University
PG Diploma in Management 1998 Leeds Metropolitan University
Professional Certificate in Counselling 1988 Leeds University 
BA Public and Social Policy (2:1 Honours) 1981 Bradford University


         Senior Research Fellowship in the Management Division
         Freelance Leadership Development consultant
         Head of Professional and Leadership Development, Lancaster University
         Corporate Learning and Development Manager, Leeds University Business School
         Head of Employee Development and Recruitment, York City Council
         Staff Development Adviser, York College of Further and Higher Education
         Staff Training Coordinator, Tameside Accredited Centre
         Staff Training Coordinator, Fielden Cegos, Manchester
         Training officer, Fielden House, Manchester
         Recruitment and Training Officer, Barnardos, Leeds 
         Trainee Personnel and Training Officer, North East Gas, Leeds

Dr Paula Burkinshaw holds a senior research fellowship within the Organisational Behaviour Group of the Management Division, having previously worked as a leadership development professional for more than twenty years. Paulas professional experience spans public, private and third sectors culminating in senior appointments and consultancy. Paula has been fascinated by gendered leadership cultures for some time now and more recently Paula completed her PhD at Lancaster University exploring the under-representation of women at the top of higher education. Paulas current research involves projects on gender and leadership across retail, health and academic medicine, and higher education sectors.

Paula is qualified to teach in higher education both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; she is the personal tutor for some of our Masters students; and regularly supervises dissertations. Paula is developing modules and short courses around her research for inclusion in our seminar series and executive education programmes.

Paula holds a senior associate research fellowship within the Management Division of the Business School and is primarily involved in research and related activities in collaboration with researchers at home and abroad. Paula's role builds on work already emerging within the division and includes: research on the missing women in higher education leadership; research on gender and leadership in the retail and finance sectors; exploring staff engagement and gendered cultures in health and academic medicine; and explorations of the missing women in professional working life. Paula's responsibilities focus on these research activities within the field of critical approaches to leadership and gender within organizations.

Research groups and institutes

  • Workplace Behaviour Research Centre