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Catherine Abe

Research Associate

Nottingham Business School


Catherine is a Research Associate with the Centre of People, Work and Organisational Practice. Her role is to support and drive the delivery of research projects, staff development activities, and external engagement within the Centre.

This includes projects like:

  • Coaching for Creativity
  • Evaluation of ScaleUp programme funded by D2N2 Local Economic Partnership & East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.
  • Evaluation of SME development programme funded by European Regional Development Fund
  • Engage for Success Line Manager TAG: Exploring how line managers implement employee engagement practices.

Catherine also occasionally delivers seminars on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Career overview

Prior to NTU, Catherine worked in generalist HR, Training and Development, and Talent Management roles. This included the design, delivery and evaluation of  training programmes, recruitment, and general management of HR activities at a regional level. Catherine has worked with SMEs in the manufacturing and third sectors.

Research areas

Catherine’s PhD is examining public sector employees’ attributions of diversity management practices and resulting behaviours and attitudes of this.

Her research interests lie in the implementation and evaluation of HR practices and programmes designed to enhance individual, team and organisational capabilities. She particular focuses on practices centred on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and Employee Engagement.

External activity

Engage for Success East Midlands Regional Group

CIPD Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Committee Member

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner BME Steering Group

Sponsors and collaborators


Book Chapters:

Abe, C. J. and Oldridge, L. (2019) forthcoming ‘Non-binary gender identities in legislation, employment practices and HRM research’, Nachmias, S. and Caven, V. (eds) Inequality and Organizational Practice: Volume 1, Work and Welfare, Palgrave Macmillan, New York [chapter pages to be confirmed].

Conference Paper:

Pass, S. Watling, D. Ridgway, M. Kougiannou, K. Abe, C. J. Examining the implementation of employee engagement initiatives: are line managers the linchpin to success? CIPD 2018 Applied Research Conference.