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)



Health and well-being of south-south migrants
Sambajee Pratima, Scholarios Dora, Mohamadhossen Imteaz, Maherally Naila
35th EGOS Colloquium (2019)
A multilevel examination of skills-oriented human resource management and perceived skill utilization during recession : Implications for the well-being of all workers
Okay-Somerville Belgin, Scholarios Dora
Human Resource Management Vol 58, pp. 139-154 (2019)
Young workers' job satisfaction in Europe
Okay-Somerville Belgin, Scholarios Dora, Sosu Edward
Work Orientations (2019) (2019)
NHS Scotland Staff Experience and Continuous Improvement Model: Research Into Implementation.
Lindsay Colin, Stewart Robert, Findlay Patricia, Maguire Roma, Scholarios Dora, McQuarrie Johanna
Learning climate perceptions as a determinant of employability : an empirical study among European ICT professionals
Van der Heijde Claudia M, Van der Heijden Beatrice I J M, Scholarios Dora, Bozionelos Nikos, Mikkelsen Aslaug, Epitropaki Olga, Marzec Izabela, Jedrzejowicz Piotr, Looise Jan C
Frontiers in Psychology Vol 9 (2018)
Quality of working time in the police : the experience of shift extensification for officers and staff
Scholarios Dora, Hesselgreaves Hannah, Pratt Raymond
Job Quality in an Era of Flexibility (2018) (2018)

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

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
Human Resource Management Journal (Journal)

more professional activities


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
University-to-work transitions: the role of career self-management in graduate employability and employment success
Okay-Somerville, Belgin (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
This is a two-year, longitudinal research project funded by a British Academy Small Grant which will examine the associations between career self-management, employability and employment success during university-to-work transitions. Waves I and II measure career self-management, intentions and job search strategies during the last year of university and immediately upon graduation, respectively; and Wave III examines employment quality (e.g., skill use), attitudes and well-being six months after graduation. The research will contribute to a more detailed understanding of graduate employability and employment success at a time of increasing uncertainty, and have implications for policymakers, employers, universities and graduates.
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2016

more projects


Work, Employment and Organisation
Duncan Wing

Location Map

View University of Strathclyde in a larger map