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Evidenced-Based Human Resource Management: a Historical Analysis

Venue: Online

No booking required

Evidence-based HR is a purposeful approach to decision-making that equips HR leaders to navigate their uncertain environment. It involves adopting a decision-making process that critically evaluates multiple sources of data, experience and expert opinions to ensure the decision’s most successful outcome. 

This event offers an opportunity to reflect on evidence-based practice, and its historical development in academia and in practice.

Chaired by Mark Stringer, Head of the Department of Organizational Psychology. The webinar will begin with reflections from Jonny Gifford, Senior Advisor for Organisational Behaviour from the CIPD, Prof Rob Briner, Visiting Professor and Scientific Director of the Centre for Evidence Based Management, and Jackie Westerman, a current Professional Doctorate student, before opening the floor for discussion. 

The event is open to all who have an interest in HR and evidence-based practice.

Please note: This event is free to attend but booking is essential. You will be sent joining instructions by email at least 24 hours before the event.


1 - 1.25pm: Welcome and presentations ( Mark Stringer, Jonny Gifford, Rob Briner, Jackie Westerman)

1.25 - 1.35pm: Discussion (Professor Almuth McDowall, Professsor Julie Gore)

1.35 - 2pm: Audience Q&A

2pm: Event close

2pm - 2.15pm: Optional drop-in for questions about the Professional Doctorate in Evidence-Based Human Resource Management with Prof Julie Gore, Programme Director of Birkbeck’s Professional Doctorate in Evidence-Based HRM.


Jonny Gifford

Jonny Gifford @jonnygiff is Senior Advisor for Organisational Behaviour at the CIPD and visiting fellow at Westminster Business School. Research interests include job quality, workplace conflict, social technology in the workplace, and applying behavioural science to the areas of recruitment, reward and performance management. He actively promotes evidence-based practice, including through systematic reviewing and running randomised trials. He also runs the CIPD’s Applied Research Conference, which exists to strengthen links between academic research and HR practice. He has an MA in comparative labour studies and social research from Warwick University and is an Academic Member of the CIPD.

Rob Briner

Rob Briner is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Queen Mary, University of London, Visiting Prof at Birkbeck, and also co-founder and Scientific Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management. His research has focused on several topics including well-being, emotions, stress, ethnicity, the psychological contract, absence from work, motivation, work-nonwork and everyday work behaviour.

Jackie Westerman

Jackie Westerman is currently completing Birkbeck’s Professional Doctorate in Evidence-Based HRM and is a graduate of our MSc in Occupational Psychology.  Jackie has worked HR for over 20 years in generalist roles and latterly in a Leadership Development role for the BBC.  Jackie began her studies at Birkbeck because she wanted to develop her thinking on how we create organisations where everyone can flourish and thrive.

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