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 teach across professionally accredited postgraduate programmes in the Business School, including MSc Human Resource Management, MSc Business and Management, and MSc International Management. Driven to promote work psychology in Scotland, I have successfully proposed (currently developing) WEO's new postgraduate offer, MSc Work and Organisational Psychology. In addition, I am leading the development of WEO's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) offer in the field of work psychology. 


Has expertise in:

    • Human resource development
    • Employability and career management
    • Professional practice in welfare provision
    • Coaching and personal development


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)


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

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:

  • 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.

In addition, I have developed research and evaluation guidance/governance for the Research and Evaluation Team, internal staff and partners at Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Professional activities

Northern Ireland BPS 2022 Annual Conference
EAWOP Congress 2022
Apt (Disability Employment Gap PSP) (External organisation)
Division of Occupational Psychology, British Psychological Society (External organisation)
Division of Occupational Psychology, British Psychological Society (External organisation)
Division of Occupational Psychology (BPS) Annual Conference (Event)
Peer reviewer

More professional activities


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
Training: Supported Employment and Individual Placement Support models
Butler, Joanna (Principal Investigator)
Situated within the context of Fair Start Scotland, this training aimed to support keyworkers to understand effective methods of delivering Supported Employment and Individual Placement and Support models.
03-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020
Feasibility Study: Income generation through skills development
Butler, Joanna (Principal Investigator)
Feasibility strategy to expand income generation for a national disability charity.
11-Jan-2019 - 14-Jan-2019
User Experience testing: DLA (for children)
Butler, Joanna (Researcher)
Redesign of online government welfare assessment tools (UX research) (Scottish Government).
04-Jan-2019 - 18-Jan-2019
Evaluation: ‘‘Moving On’’ Employability Programme
Butler, Joanna (Principal Investigator)
Evaluation of an employability programme at a national disability charity (Action on Hearing Loss).
01-Jan-2018 - 14-Jan-2019
Research and Evaluation Guidance (Skills Development Scotland)
Butler, Joanna (CoPI)
Developed research and evaluation guidance / governance (10 chapters) for the Research and Evaluation Team, internal staff and partners at Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2017

More projects


Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

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