Gemma is an experienced researcher, focussing on employee wellbeing and contemporary experiences of work. As the coordinator of iROWE ( Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment), Gemma believes strongly in building networks across academia, policy and practice. She also teaches and supervises postgraduate projects on workplace issues.
Gemma is an experienced researcher, having worked as a researcher in both private and public sector before joining UCLan.
Her research focuses on employee wellbeing and contemporary experiences of work. Projects have included: workplace conflict, employee engagement and entrepreneurship.
Gemma has a keen interest in gender and work. She is currently researching domestic abuse in the workplace, and returning to work after caring responsibilities.
As the coordinator of iROWE ( Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment), Gemma believes strongly in building networks across academia, policy and practice to enhance working lives, and regularly hosts events to facilitate this at iROWE. . iROWE is also recognised for its ability to influence employment policy and practice with a 4* impact case study in REF2014. Please get in touch with Gemma for further details about iROWE.
Gemma is also an accredited workplace mediator, having received her Acas Certificate in Internal Workplace Mediation. She was also the 2018 Winner of the ‘Most Inspiring Female Member of Staff’ Award, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise.
She is a member of the 'Lancashire Research Institute of Citizenship, Society and Change', the 'Criminal Justice Partnership' and 'The UCLan Centre for Business, Management & Enterprise'.
In iROWE, Gemma works on an array of research projects exploring domestic abuse at work, individual workplace conflict, trade union activities, workplace inequalities and other contemporary employment issues. In general Gemma is interested in employees’ experiences at work, and undertook a PhD on the role of domiciliary care workers at Lancaster University. Previous research before joining UCLan has focused on occupational segregation, and dignity at work.
She has published and presented widely on workplace issues and is regularly an invited speaker. Her research features in academic, practitioner and policy spaces.
- PhD "The invisibility and complexity of Domiciliary Carers' work, around, in and out of their labour process", ESRC Scholarship, Lancaster University, 2011
- MA Human Resources and Knowledge Management, ESRC Scholarship, Lancaster University, 2007
- BSc(Hons) Marketing Management, Lancaster University, 2004
- •Winner of the ‘Most Inspiring Female Member of Staff’ Award, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise, 2018
- ‘Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence’for Willcocks, S. and Wibberley, G (2015),‘Exploring a shared leadership perspective for NHS doctors’ Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 28 Iss: 4, pp.345 – 355.2016
- Acas Certificate in Internal Workplace Mediation, to become accredited workplace mediator, 2014
- 1+3 ESRC scholarship to undertake postgraduate studies at Lancaster University, 2006
- Employee wellbeing
- Domestic abuse in the workplace
- Contemporary experiences of work
- Workplace inequalities
- Workplace conflict
- Gender issues in the workplace