Luke Fletcher

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Research interests

  • Engagement and motivation at work
  • Meaningful work and the experience of meaningfulness
  • Perceptions of HRM, particularly of training and development
  • Issues of diversity, prejudice, and discrimination
  • LGBT+ employees and entrepreneurs


Luke is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Aston Business School.

He is Co-Director of the MSc in Work Psychology and Business programme, a module leader for a postgraduate module, and supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. 

Luke has written and presented work for both academic and practitioner audiences, and currently serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He is also a regular reviewer for Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Journal, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and for the Academy of Management Annual Meetings.

Prior to joining Aston Business School, Luke held a Lectureship position at Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, and before that was a Research Officer for the Institute for Employment Studies.


  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Brighton (2017)
  • PhD in Management, University of Kent (2014)
  • Associate Teacher Accreditation Programme, University of Kent (2013)
  • Level A and Level B in Occupational Testing, British Psychological Society (2010)
  • MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology, University of Surrey (2010)
  • BA in Psychology with Management Studies, University of Sussex (2009)


  • Senior Lecturer - Aston Business School, Aston University - Aug 2018 to Present
  • Lecturer – Aston Business School, Aston University – Sep 2016 to Jul 2018
  • Lecturer – Brighton Business School, University of Brighton – Nov 2014 to Aug 2016
  • Research Officer – Institute for Employment Studies – Sep 2013 to Nov 2014
  • Research Assistant and Seminar Leader – University of Kent – Jul 2011 to Aug 2013
  • HR Business Intelligence Analyst – Yell Group Plc – Jul 2010 to Dec 201Postgraduate 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Academic Member of the CIPD, EAWOP, and AoM

Chartered Psychologist

Full Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Fellow of the HEA

Professional/editorial offices

External Examiner - Birkbeck College, University of London

Editorial Board Member - The International Journal of Human Resource Management 

Teaching Activity

BHK535 and BHK536 (PG - online) – Learning and Talent Development – Module Leader



Co-Director – Work Psychology and Business PG Programme

Lead Co-ordinator - Aston Business Clinic

Research Projects/Collaborations

Current projects in progress:

Employee engagement:

- critical review of engagement within public sector

- empirical study of public healthcare workers

- engagement and productivity within micro/small business

Meaningful work

- weekly experiences of meaningful work

- existential labor and meaningful work (PhD student project)

Talent Development

- Individual differences in talent pools (MSc student project)

- Talent management within Kuwaiti HE sector (DBA student project)

LGBT+ people at work and in business:

- Impact of LGBT+ friendly HRM practices (BA/Leverhulme small grant)

- Networks of LGBT+ entrepreneurs (BA/Leverhulme small grant)

- LGBT+ entrepreneurs' wellbeing (BA/Leverhulme small grant)

- Understanding LGBT+ workplace equality indices across the globe (colloborative book chapter)



Funding Applications and Awards

CI - Management Practices and Employee Engagement 2018. ESRC; Commissioned Project (£715,195). Feb 2019 to Feb 2022.

PI - Beyond the closet: The effects of personal networks and authenticity on LGB entrepreneurs’ wellbeing and behaviour. British Academy/Leverhulme Small Grant (£9,395). Oct 2017 to Apr 2019

PI - Enhancing everyday working life through meaningfulness initiatives in the workplace. Richard Benjamin Memorial Trust; Early Career Research Grant (£9,319). Oct 2015 to Oct 2016

PI - Getting the most out of human resource management: How can HR practices lead to better employee performance and wellbeing? University of Brighton, Rising Stars Research Grant (£9,992). Oct 2015 to Oct 2016.

Awarded ‘Distinguished Thesis’, EDAMBA Thesis Competition 2015,The European Doctoral Association in Management and Business Administration.June 2015

PI - GMC trainer survey review. General Medical Council (£12,000). Aug 2014 to Nov 2014.

  1. Facilitating Meaningfulness in the Workplace: A Field Intervention Study

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Evaluating new techniques of evidence-based management using narrative evidence synthesis

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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