Dr Joanna Butler

Senior Teaching Fellow

Work, Employment and Organisation


Personal statement

A Chartered Occupational Psychologist, my interests cut across areas of work and organisational psychology, specifically, human resource development in public sector organisations. As a practitioner psychologist and academic, my research and KE focus is two-fold: (1) the design of employability and education services for a variety of learners and (2) the people strategy that underlines the effective delivery of those services. 

I introduced and lead Scotland's only British Psychology Society accredited MSc Occupational Psychology, and coordinate MBA module Strategic Leadership Development. I also teach across professionally accredited postgraduate programmes in the Business School, including MSc Human Resource Management, MSc Business and Management, and MSc International Management. 

My KE interests are predominantly focused on social inclusion of disadvantaged groups. I have recently been awarded Gate 3 funding (£30,000) to support the commercialisation of an online employability tool. Having already passed Gates 1 and 2 (total funding £12,000), I am the first Strathclyde Business School academic to have passed Gate 3.

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Area of Expertise

  • Human resource development
  • Training and Development
  • Employability
  • Career Managment and Development
  • Professional practice in welfare provision
  • Coaching and personal development
  • Organisational Development and Change

Prize And Awards

Stephen Young Entrepreneurship Award
Winner of "Innovator with Future Impact" at the KE Excellence Awards

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University of Strathclyde 

  • PhD Work, Employment and Organisation (2020)
  • MSc Occupational Psychology (2010)
  • BA (Honours) Psychology (2003)

British Psychological Society (BPS)

  • Awarded Associate Fellow status (2016)
  • Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) (2015)
  • Qualification in Occupational Psychology (QOP) (Stage 2) (2012)
  • Assessment Test User: Occupational (Ability and Personality) (2010)
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I teach several areas of work and organisational psychology across professionally accredited postgraduate programmes in the Department of Work, Employment and Organisation and the MBA unit.

Topics include:

  • Employee Reward
  • Human Resource Development
  • Managing People in Organisations
  • Stress and wellbeing
  • Employability
  • Career Development
  • Coaching and Mentoring
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Research Interests

My research interests lie in the delivery of welfare programmes, specifically personalised employability and skills provision directed at disadvantaged jobseekers.

Examples of projects include:

  • evlauation of disabled parents employabiltiy programme;
  • inclusive recruitment for disabled people;
  • skills mismatch across Glasgow’s young workforce;
  • UK Government’s Work Programme monitoring and evaluation strategy;
  • retention issues in social care organisations;
  • attraction, retention and development of chefs in Scotland;
  • distance travelled (employability) at a national disability charity.

Professional Activities

Inspire 100
Robotics, IR4.0 and accessibility – planning for the future
Northern Ireland BPS 2022 Annual Conference
Invited speaker
EAWOP Congress 2022
Apt (Disability Employment Gap PSP) (External organisation)
Division of Occupational Psychology, British Psychological Society (External organisation)

More professional activities


Evaluation of Edinburgh's Disabled Parents Employability Fund
Remnant, Jennifer (Principal Investigator) Butler, Joanna (Co-investigator)
19-Jan-2022 - 16-Jan-2023
Commercialisation of an Employability Tool (MyEmploy)
Butler, Joanna (Principal Investigator)
Awarded £42k through the IIE staged-gate process and the first Strathclyde Business School academic to have passed Gate 3.
Train the Trainer: Disability Inclusion
Butler, Joanna (Principal Investigator) Remnant, Jennifer (Co-investigator)
07-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Introduction to Training and Development
Butler, Joanna (Principal Investigator) Remnant, Jennifer (Co-investigator)
Standard CPD Quptation Document
07-Jan-2022 - 28-Jan-2022
Disability Inclusion at Work: Assessment Tool
Butler, Joanna (Principal Investigator) Remnant, Jennifer (Co-investigator)
Standard Quotation
07-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Inclusive Recruitment of Disabled People in Scotland
Butler, Joanna (Principal Investigator)
Three-stage programme of Research, Project Design and Delivery.
Commissioned by the Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) on behalf of the Public Social Partnership for halving the disability employment gap.
03-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022

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Dr Joanna Butler
Senior Teaching Fellow
Work, Employment and Organisation

Email: joanna.butler@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3113