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Professor Lilian Otaye-Ebede PhD MBA BSc (Hons) FHEA Academic Member CIPD

Professor in HRM & OB and Director of Studies for the MSC HRM Programme Work, Organisation and Management


Personal Statement

Lilian Otaye-Ebede (PhD) is a Professor in Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, holding a PhD in Management from Aston University. She is the Programme Director for the on-campus MSc in HRM and the Online MSc IHRM Programmes. Her research interests are in the areas of diversity management (race/ethnicity, gender, neurodiversity), strategic Human Resource Management (HRM), work/life interface and employee well-being. She has published academic papers in world leading journals, co-authored book chapters, authored and co-authored a number of practitioner articles, and has extensively presented her research at national and international conferences and workshops. Lilian is an Associate Member of the Higher Education Academy and an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (FCIPD). She also currently serves as an Associate Editor of Personnel Review Journal and as an editorial board member on the International Journal of HRM; the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance and the African Journal of Management. Additionally, she serves as a Representative-at-large of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion division executive committee of the Academy of Management and is on the Board of Directors for the Open Eye Gallery UK, advising on HR & race related matters. She is the Race Equality Charter (REC) Community Visibility and Staff sub-group Chair for the University of Liverpool. Professor Otaye-Ebede continues to work on many aspects of employee race equality, including previously working with colleagues to run an international seminar series funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); one of the outcomes of this is the website -, which she and her colleagues continue to run as part of a group that includes members of the WRES team at NHS England and the NHS Race and Health Observatory Team. Her research has been funded by a number of institutions including the Leverhulme/British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), GCRF (LJMU Internal) and the CIPD. Lilian is interested in sharing her research findings with the world of work and conducting impactful and world-changing research. Prior to joining the University of Liverpool, she worked at LJMU as a lecturer progressing to Reader (Associate Professor), at Lancaster University as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the Centre for Performance-Led HR, and at Aston University, Birmingham as a Research Associate on a project sponsored by the British Safety Council with the Aston Centre for Human Resources. She has also worked with the University of Sheffield as a Honorary Senior Research Fellow, and at the University of Manchester. Lilian has also gained experience in the commercial world having worked in industry undertaking various HR practitioner roles joining academia.

I am interested in supervising enthusiastic and hardworking PhD students who are interested in the general areas of Human resource management including:
• Diversity (race/ethnicity, gender and neurodiversity), diversity management and diversity management practices
• Strategic Human Resource Management Practices (i.e. HPWS, HPWP etc.)
• Work-life interface and employee wellbeing