Portrait of  James Brooks James Brooks

james.brooks@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472741


Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Management


James is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the Business School. James is the Module Leader for Reward Management on both the Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and also the MSc Strategic Human Resource Management Module. In addition, James is the Module Leader for Research Methods and Philosophy on both MBA and MSc Business Programmes.
Prior to joining the University, James has held senior HR Manager, Business Partner and Director roles in both local government and industry. James was the sole HR Manager for a large local authority and managed a complex organisational change and restructure programmes within children’s services. James is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. James’ first career was in law where he worked in both employment and commercial law for some ten years before moving into HR Management. James has a first class law degree from Liverpool, an MSc in Management and is currently studying for a PhD at Leeds University Business School.


Research and Scholarship

James is particularly interested in knowledge transfer within organisations and his PhD looks at barriers and enablers to knowledge transfer within communities of practice. James’ PhD is entitled ‘Know and Tell: Understanding knowledge transfer within professional communities.’ In addition, James is a keen advocate of critical realism and the works of Roy Bhaskar. James’ PhD adopts a critical realist perspective in trying to better understand epistemological elements of social science research.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Brooks, J (2016) ‘Firefighters are fighting fewer fires – but that doesn’t mean we should sack themThe Conversation . ISSN 2044-5032


James is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the FHEA.

Teaching and Professional Activities

James is the Module Leader for Reward Management on both the Postgraduate Dipoloma in HRM and also the MSc in Strategic HRM. James is also the Module Leader for Research Methods and Dissertation Proposals.