Dr Virginia Fisher

Dr Virginia Fisher

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Human Resource Studies

Plymouth Graduate School of Management & Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)


Associate Head (Graduate Studies)

Associate Professor (HR & Leadership)


  • BA (Hons) Medieval and Modern History (University of Birmingham) 2(i)
  • PG Diploma in Personnel Management (University of Aston)
  • MA in Industrial Relations (University of Warwick) Distinction
  • Doctorate in Education (University of Keele)

After a varied career in public sector Human Resource Management, I entered higher education with Wolverhampton University as a senior lecturer in HRM. 

I joined Plymouth University in 2010 as an Associate Professor in Human Resource Studies and also Programme Leader for the CIPD professionally accredited MA in Human Resource Management. 

In 2013, I became Associate Head (Graduate Studies) for the new Plymouth Graduate School of Management. I am a member of the PGSoM senior executive team and I am responsible for all aspects of teaching and learning within the school, working closely with PGT programme leaders and faculty administrators. I aim to provide strategic leadership which enhances both learning and the broader student experience which in turn will raise academic standards and student attainment.

Professional membership

SFHEA  Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

MCIPD   Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development 

Teaching interests

  • Gender at Work
  • Equality and Diversity in the Workplace
  • Employee Resourcing
  • Employee Reward
  • Employee Relations
  • HRM in Context
  • Research Methods

Research interests

  • My doctorate was an exploration of the gendered work cultures of higher education.
  • My research interests include gender, management, diversity, managerialism, higher education and ethnographic research.


Publications, conference papers and book reviews.

  • Fisher, V. (2017) Book review of Flynn, Haynes & Kilgour (2016) Overcoming challenges to gender equality in the workplace, in a special edition of the International Journal of Management Education 15 pp 393-394
  • Fisher, V., Kinsey, S. & Kelland, J. (2016) ESRC Festival of Social Science event leaders. 'The Real Game of Thrones:Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Career Choices for Sixth Form Girls', Marine Academy Plymouth, November 10th.
  • Kinsey, S. & Fisher, V. (2016) 'The Future of Human Resources'. Speakers at the CIPD Devon and Cornwall Annual Conference October 12th.
  • Fisher, V. & Kinsey, S. (2016) 'Time for HR to take a stand, or "No More Being Management's Bitch". Speakers at the CIPD West of England Branch Annual Conference, March 11th.
  • Fisher, V. & Kinsey, S. (2014) 'Behind closed doors! Homosocial desire and the academic boys club' Gender in Management: An International Journal. 29(1)
  • Kinsey, S. & Fisher, V. (2013) 'Pursuing professional legitimacy through neo-liberal identification: the failed case of the HR function'. Paper presented to the 8th Critical Management Conference, Manchester Business School, 10-12th July.
  • Fisher, V. & Kinsey, S. (2012) 'The academic boys club: homosocial desire at work'.  Paper presented to the British Academy of Management Conference 11-13 September 2012 (Cardiff Business School).
  • Janes, K. & Fisher, V. (2012) 'LGBT experiences of equality in local government: rhetoric or reality.' Paper presented to the Gender Work & Organization 7th international interdisciplinary conference 27th-29th June 2012.
  • Fisher, V. (2011) 'Women and research in British universities: an institutional case study' International Journal of Management Concepts & Philosophy 5(4) pp311-332
  • Fisher, V. (2010) 'Mobilising academic masculinities: the best kept secret?' Paper presented to the Gender Work & Organization 6th International Interdisciplinary Conference 21st-23rd June, Keele University.
  • Fisher, V. (2010) ‘Women in research at the University of Wolverhampton’. Report published by the University of Wolverhampton. 
  • Fisher, V. (2009) ‘Double double toil and (gender) trouble’: a feminist ethnography of the performance of gender and sexuality within a business school. (Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Keele).
  • Fisher, V. (2007) ‘You need tits to get on round here: gender & sexuality in the entrepreneurial university of the 21st century’. Ethnography 8(4) pp 503-517