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Louise Oldridge

Louise Oldridge

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Business School

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division Department of Human Resource Management


Dr Louise Oldridge is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Nottingham Business School teaching on a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and corporate programmes.  Louise is a module leader for several modules and also Assistant Course Leader on the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

Career overview

Prior to joining the Higher Education sector Louise worked in industry for nine years for a number of organisations as a generalist HR practitioner, which has greatly informed her teaching. This included developing HR strategies and proactive HR Departments, gaining Investors in People status, and being instrumental in achieving integrated management system certifications. This was alongside the provision of of commercial and pro-active advice and support and application of policies including complex case management to multi-site environments together with coaching and support of managers.

Louise completed a PhD examining the intersections of women's caring and careers, and has been teaching in higher education since 2015.

Research areas

Louise is an active researcher and has interest in the following areas:

  • Gender and work
  • Conceptualising work and careers
  • Caring and social care
  • The nature and role of Human Resource Management
  • Work-based learning - Louise is a member of the University's Work-based & Vocational Education Practice and Scholarship group

Louise is currently working on a project examining the experiences of young adult carers (specifically aged 18 – 25), caring for dependent adults and studying at university (at NTU or other UK institutions), with a view to understanding how caring has impacted higher education and career choices, and seeking to understand the best modes of support across the student life cycle.  She is looking to speak to student carers and staff.  Please email Louise ( to find out more and opportunities to participate.

External activity

  • Chartered Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and formerly Vice-Chair of the Leicestershire Branch
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of the global Carework Network steering committee
  • Member of the Research Activities Committee of the University Forum for Human Resource Development
  • External Examiner for HRM programmes

Sponsors and collaborators

Louise works with colleagues at NTU and also Professor Anne-marie Greene (University of York) and Professor Mary Larkin (Open University).  She is keen to collaborate with academics and practitioners related to her research interests.


Recent publications:

Oldridge, L. (2021) Continuing global conversations about care: review of the Global Carework Summit 2019, International Journal of Care and Caring, 5 (1), pp. 177 – 180.

Oldridge, L. (2020) Technological Innovations in Care and Implications for Human Resource Development, in Loon, M., Stewart, J. and Nachmias, S. (eds) The Future of HRD: Volume 1, Palgrave Macmillan: New York, pp. 193 – 210.

Oldridge L., Larkin M. (2020) Unpaid Care: Global Growth and Policies for Sustainability. In: Leal Filho W., Azul A., Brandli L., Lange Salvia A., Wall T. (eds) Gender Equality. Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Springer, Cham.

Oldridge, L. (2019) ‘Hidden care(e)rs: supporting informal carers in the workplace’, in Nachmias, S. and Caven, V. (eds) Inequality and Organizational Practice: Volume 2, Employment Relations, Pagrave Macmillan: New York, pp. 105 – 127.

Abe, C. J. and Oldridge, L. (2019) ‘Non-binary gender identities in legislation, employment practices and HRM research’, in Nachmias, S. and Caven, V. (eds) Inequality and Organizational Practice: Volume 1, Work and Welfare, Palgrave Macmillan: New York, pp. 89 -114.

Press expertise

Louise can offer comment on caring and social care; gender and work; and careers.

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