Professor Dora Scholarios

Work, Employment and Organisation

Personal statement

I teach and research in several areas of work psychology, organisational behaviour and HRM, and have 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. I was one of the Editors-in-Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal from 2016-2020 and am currently a member of several journal editorial boards and professional associations in the fields of psychology, and business and management. I'm also a Chartered Psychologist. 

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 member of the Supervisory Board of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science & ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (Scotland) (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 and Chartered Psychologist, 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)
What are the career implications of 'seeing eye to eye'? Examining the role of leader-member exchange (LMX) agreement on employability and career outcomes?
Epitropaki Olga, Marstand Anders Friis, van der Heijden Beatrice, Bozionelos Nikos, Mylonopoulos Nikolaos, van der Heijde Claudia M, Scholarios Dora, Mikkelsen Aslaug, Marzec Izabela, Jędrzejowicz Piotr
Personnel Psychology Vol n/a (2020)
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)
Focused for some, exploratory for others : job search strategies and successful university-to-work transitions in the context of labor market ambiguity
Okay-Somerville Belgin, Scholarios Dora
Journal of Career Development (2021)
Covid-19 and Working from Home Survey : Preliminary Findings
Taylor Philip, Scholarios Dora, Howcroft Debra
Public sector reform and work restructuring for firefighters in Scotland
Jendro Eva, Scholarios Dora
Working in the Context of Austerity Challenges and Struggles (2020) (2020)

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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

Human Resource Management Journal (Journal)
Changing Employment Research Paper Series - European FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) (Journal)
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)

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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
Employee Turnover in Voluntary Sector Social Care
Cunningham, Ian (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2018
The future ports workforce: Towards a competitive, ‘just’ and sustainable transition
Anderson, Pauline (Principal Investigator) Scholarios, Dora (Co-investigator) Hawthorne, Margaret (Researcher)
This research project was funded by the UK Major Ports Group (UKMPG) and Maritime Skills Commission
14-Jan-2020 - 29-Jan-2021
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) Yusof, Zatun Najahah (Researcher)
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
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

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Work, Employment and Organisation
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