Professor Dora Scholarios

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I teach and research in several areas of work psychology, organisational behaviour and HRM. I’m currently one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal and a member of several editorial boards and professional associations in the fields of psychology, and business and management. I've also  been involved in a variety of research projects funded by UK and international institutions; e.g. the Economic and Social Research Council, The Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, the Association of Police Constables of England and Wales, and the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Previous roles include: Business School Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research (2010-2013); Deputy Head of Department of HRM (2009-2014); member of the Strathclyde team co-ordinating the Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) The changing nature of employment in Europe in the context of challenges, threats and opportunities for employees and employers (2012-2016); and Scottish Graduate School of Social Science & ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (Scotland) Supervisory Board member (2014-2016). 


Has expertise in:

    • Recruitment, assessment and selection
    • Job quality and employee wellbeing
    • Human Resource Management and performance
    • Graduate employment and careers


Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society

PhD, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1990)

MPhil (Distinction), The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Industrial/Organizational Psychology (1987)

MA (Honours), University of Glasgow, Psychology (1985)



'If he just knew who we were' : Microworkers' emerging bonds of attachment in a fragmented employment relationship
Panteli Niki, Rapti Andriana, Scholarios Dora
Work, Employment and Society Vol 34, pp. 476-494 (2020)
Disentangling the impact of social disadvantage on 'becoming employable' : evidence from STEM student university-to-work transitions
Okay-Somerville Belgin, Allison I, Luchinskaya D, Scholarios D
Studies in Higher Education (2020)
Rethinking the selection process in Saltire Brokers
Hurrell Scott A, Mazzoni Giuliana, Scholarios Dora
Case Studies in Work, Employment and Human Resource Management (2020) (2020)
Fishing for diversity in legal talent pools : recruiting early talent at Pinsent Masons
Scholarios Dora, Hurrell Scott Alexander
Case Studies in Work, Employment and Human Resource Management (2020) (2020)
Human Resource Management Journal : a look to the past, present, and future of the journal and HRM scholarship
Farndale Elaine, McDonnell Anthony, Scholarios Dora, Wilkinson Adrian
Human Resource Management Journal Vol 30, pp. 1-12 (2020)
Young workers' job satisfaction in Europe
Okay-Somerville Belgin, Scholarios Dora, Sosu Edward
Work Orientations (2019) (2019)

More publications


My areas of teaching expertise cover work psychology, organisational behaviour and HRM generally, but with specific specialism in recruitment, assessment and selection, employee wellbeing and stress, research methodology and statistics.

Research interests

My research activity has focused on:



HRM, work design and employee wellbeing, including the psychological effects of shiftwork, different types of work (e.g. call centre or software work) and the impact of HRM practices on employee outcomes (e.g., skill, attitudes). For recent work see: 

  • A multilevel examination of skills-oriented HRM and perceived skill utilization during recession: Implications for the wellbeing of all workers. Human Resource Management 
  • Unpredictable working time, wellbeing and health in the police service. International Journal of HRM 

The organisational context of recruitment and selection decision processes, particularly the impact on social mobility. This research has spanned a variety of industry sectors, including hotels, construction, professions, the voluntary sector, and the military. I’m also interested in the use of social media by employers to carry out recruitment, screening and performance monitoring of employees.

Youth (and graduate) employment/underemployment and career transitions. See for example:


Professional activities

Launch of the Centre for the Political Economy of Labour
18th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology
Engage/Marie Curie Changing Employment Network: What's happening to job quality? Policy, practice and research directions
The Bridge Group (External organisation)
External Examiner
Non-educational barriers to elite professions - the Scottish financial sector
Invited speaker

More professional activities


GCRF_NF127 A capabilities assessment of Covid-19 changes to the Workers? Rights Act in Mauritius: implications for domestic and migrant workers
Sambajee, Pratima (Principal Investigator) McGuire, Darren (Co-investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
21-Jan-2020 - 20-Jan-2022
Health and well-being in south-south migration: a case study of Bangladeshi workers in Mauritius
Sambajee, Pratima (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
Bangladesh relies heavily on remittance from migrant workers. Mauritius has become an attractive work destination for Bangladeshi workers due to its industrial and cultural similarities. These workers are uneducated, low skilled and cheap. For them Mauritius represents the opportunity to earn a better living and alleviate poverty back in Bangladesh. However they are subjected to lower wages, long working hours and poor housing. They face major integration problems including little social interaction and xenophobic sentiments. They are deprived of proper legal support, health care and occupational safety. These are often masked as general exploitation without specific consideration of impact on migrants' health and well-being. Nevertheless, the Bangladeshi government has renewed its bilateral agreement to send more workers to Mauritius. This project posits that there is an urgent need to address both policy and practice vis-à-vis the health and well-being of Bangladeshi workers in Mauritius. It is designed to firstly assess the current situation of Bangladeshi workers in relation to health and well-being and secondly to bring together a multidisciplinary and multifunctional set of stakeholders from private, public and third sectors who will be able to contribute to research and create policy-related impact for Bangladeshi workers in Mauritius.
08-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Employee Turnover in Voluntary Sector Social Care
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018
Work-Based Learning Pedagogy: Work-Based Learning for the 4th Industrial Revolution
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2021
Advanced Undergraduate Entrants: Enhancing Employability and Supporting Positive Graduate Destinations
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Dutton, Eli (Co-investigator) Davidson, Laura (Co-investigator)
Students entering university at second year or above face a number of challenges, such as integrating into pre-existing social groups and adjusting to pedagogical changes. The limited literature on advanced college entrants tends to focus on transitions into and through university but there is an evidence gap in relation to the transitions beyond university for this student group. This project aims to fill this gap with a view to informing practices that will enhance employability and support positive graduate destinations.

Funding (Internal)
Student Transitions Steering Group: £1,000.00
22-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2017
Advanced Apprenticeships in Scotland, Filling the Middle skills Gap?
Scholarios, Dora (Principal Investigator) Anderson, Pauline (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2018

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Work, Employment and Organisation
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