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Dr Imelda McCarthy is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Research Fellow at the Advanced Services Group (ASG). Imelda's research interests focus on leadership, management, organisational change, and productivity. Her PhD research ‘The Complexity of Leadership and Organisations’ was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and undertaken at Aston Business School.

She is currently working on ASG’s ESRC project ‘Understanding How Servitization Can Improve UK Economic Productivity and Environmental Performance’.

Imelda joins ASG from the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME), where she was the lead researcher for the ESRC Productivity from Below project, which aimed to gain insights into the management and engagement practices of microbusinesses, with the overarching goal of providing practical solutions to enhance productivity and performance through targeted interventions. Linked to this work, Imelda was honoured to receive the prestigious ESRC Prize for Outstanding Business and Enterprise Impact, in collaboration with Professor Monder Ram, for support to microbusinesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining Aston University, Imelda worked at The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), University of Sheffield, where she conducted research in the field of healthcare management.

She has published in outlets such as the Human Resource Management Journal, has extensive research and consultancy experience, is trained as a team coach, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Research Interests

  • Leadership and Management
  • Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Productivity
  • Organisational Change
  • Research Methods

Teaching Activity

I have experience of teaching at postgraduate level. I have taught on the MSc in Leadership and Management at University of Sheffield. I have contributed to modules in: Organisational Behaviour, Leadership and Research Methods as part of the MSc in Work Psychology, MSc in Human Resource Management and PhD/DBA Research Methods Course at Aston University. 


  • PhD Psychology. Thesis title: The Complexity of Leadership and Organisations.
  • MSc Work Psychology and Business
  • PGDip Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology and Information Technology

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship
  • Associate Fellow (British Psychological Society)
  • Registered Practitioner Psychologist (Health & Care Professional Council)
  • Chartered Occupational Psychologist (British Psychological Society)


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