Dr Sue Kinsey

Dr Sue Kinsey

Head of Department for Business Management

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Sue can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Business
  • People management
  • Human resource management
  • Managing employees
  • Working relationships


Associate Professor, HRM, 2011-present

Head of Business Management Department, since Feb 2020
Associate Head (Teaching and Learning) PBS 2013-2017
Discipline group lead, HR and Leadership group, 2011-2013
Former Programme Lead BA Business, BSc Business Management
UG and PG teaching and supervision in the areas of people management/ HR, OB, Research methods, leadership. discourse and language, 


1984-1996: HR roles in financial services, including ER, E and D, L and D, management development, graduate recruitment
1996-2002: Self-employed associate/consultant in HR/HRD
2002-2011: Senior Lecturer in HRM, University of Wolverhampton Business School
May 2011-present : Plymouth Business School 


PhD A discourse analytic study of the role and identity of HR practitioners in UK local government, Nottingham University Business School, 2012
PGCE (LTHE) University of Wolverhampton, 2004
MSc Organisational Behaviour, Birkbeck College, London University, 2002
BA Hons (Modern Languages-2:1) Leeds University, 1984

Professional membership

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Academic Member of the CIPD



Teaching interests

All aspects of OB, HR/HRM, Identity, Discourse

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner at Greenwich University



Research interests

Discourse, identity, role and identity of the HR function, public sector change




Maiden, B and Kinsey, S (2006) ‘Encouraging Reflective practice through the introduction of e-portfolios: a comparison of the postgraduate and undergraduate experience’, University of Wolverhampton Learning and Teaching Project

Maiden, B and Kinsey, S (2006) Introduction to People Work and Organisations, (Custom Text) Harlow: Pearson Custom Publishing

Maiden, B and Kinsey, S (2006) ‘Issues of control and conformity: Constructing identity through continuous professional development’, Paper presented to the 7th International Conference on HRD Research and Practice across Europe, Tilburg University, May 22nd-24th, 2006

Kinsey, S (2008) ‘Talking, doing, being HR: a critical discourse analytic study of identity construction in a UK local government HR department, Paper presented to the 8th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, QMCUL, July 23-25th, 2008

Kinsey, S (2010) ‘Why we hate HR’, Paper presented to the Management Research Centre conference, University of Wolverhampton, October, 2012

Kinsey, S (2010) ‘Adding value and achieving legitimacy: Dave Ulrich and the HR ‘value proposition’’, paper presented to the Conference of Practical Criticism, Wednesday, November 17th, University of Leicester School of Management

Kinsey, S (2012) Professional partner or Management’s Bitch? A Discourse Analytic Study of the Identity Construction of HR Practitioners in English local Government, Unpublished Thesis, University of Nottingham

Kinsey, S, Coupland C and Humphreys, M (2012) ‘Performing like a Pro: Constructing professional identity through gendered and sexualised discourses’, Paper presented to the 10th International Conference on Organizational Discourse, VU, Amsterdam, 18th-20th July

Fisher, V and Kinsey, S (2012) ‘The academic boys club: homosocial desire at work’, paper presented to British Academy of Management Conference, Cardiff University, 11th-13th September, 2012

Kinsey, S (2013) 'HR’s Legitimacy in ‘times of crisis’: Revisiting the deviant innovator role?' BAM HRM SIG Mini-Conference, Newcastle University Business School, 8th -10th April

Kinsey, S and Fisher, V (2013) 'Pursuing professional legitimacy through neo-liberal identification: the failed case of the HR function', paper presented to the 8th Critical Management Studies Conference, Manchester Business School, 10th-12th July

Fisher, V and Kinsey, S (2014) ‘Behind closed doors: Homosocial desire and the academic boys club’, Gender in Management: An International Journal, 29:1, pp.44-64