Emma Thirkell

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Dr Emma Thirkell's current research interests are twofold – agile organisations and pedagogy.

Firstly, Emma's research interests lie in understanding and exploring employee experiences of Lean and agile work environments. This includes skills, training, development, leadership, professional identity, business improvement and organisaitons change.

Secondly, Emma is interested in pedagogy and education. Her current projects focus on digital skills for a digital age, gamification of learning and teaching and technology enabled learning and teaching (TELT). Emma is one of the founders of the OneNote Research and Practice Institute, which aims to bring together HE and FE tutors and academics to collaborate and research. She is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and has developed digital Escape Room games that have been discussed by the Chartered Association of Business Schools, Advance HE and the Financial Times. Her round table presentation on Escape Rooms was voted as 'Standout Presentation' at the CABS Teaching and Leanring Conference (Manchester) 2019.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Management

    16 Jun 2016 - 31 Dec 2099
  • MA, Human Resource Management, Teesside University

  • BA (Hons), Management Studies, University of York

Professional Qualifications

  • Chartered Management and Business Educator, CMBE

    2019 -
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, MIEE

    2019 -
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy, FHEA

    2011 -
  • Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)

    2008 -