Portrait of Dr Ria Deakin Dr Ria Deakin

r.deakin@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473044


Position: Lecturer in Organisation Studies, Department of Management
Qualifications: LLB (Hons), MSc, PhD

Ria joined the Department of People, Management and Organisations in 2016 as a lecturer in Organisation Studies.

Ria completed her ESRC funded PhD at the University of Manchester in 2014, in which she explored the feasibility and fairness of using workplace mediation to deal with problems of workplace bullying and harassment.

Prior to commencing her PhD, Ria worked in a number of legal, HR and business posts across a variety of sectors, including local government, facilities management and legal practice.

During her time at the University of Manchester, Ria taught on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including HRM, international HRM, globalisation and employment, fairness at work and industrial relations. She is also an associate member of the CIPD and has been involved with delivering and assessing CIPD-accredited modules.

Research and Scholarship

Ria’s research interests include workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination, equality, alternative dispute resolution – specifically workplace mediation, and notions of fairness and justice at work. Across these she is particularly interested in ideas around the individualisation of disputes and the privatisation of justice and their implications for organisations and society.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Deakin, R (2017) ‘A Safe Place for All: Social dialogue and workplace harassment’. In: Shaping Inclusive Workplaces through Social Dialogue. : Springer. pp. 169-185. ISBN 9783319663920

Deakin, R. and Hoel, H. (2017) ‘Exploring the (in)appropriateness of using workplace mediation to deal with workplace bullying’. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2017, 4-8 August 2017, Atlanta, GA.


Deakin, R (2016) ‘HRM Practices and Mediation: Lessons learnt from the UK’. In: Advancing Workplace Mediation Through Integration of Theory and Practice. : Springer. pp. 111-126. ISBN 978-3-319-42841-3

Deakin, R. and Hoel, H. (2016) ‘Workplace mediation, cultural transformation and the role of feedback loops: an organisational learning approach.’. In: Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 5-9th August 2016, Anaheim, California


Deakin, R (2014) A framework for exploring the feasibility and fairness of using mediation to address bullying and harassment in UK workplaces. Doctoral thesis, University of Manchester.


Whilst at Alliance Manchester Business School, Ria was an active member of the Fairness at Work Research Centre (FairWRC), coordinating a PhD student group during her PhD studies, and organising both an internal and external seminar series. She also helped to deliver the FairWRC international conferences in 2012 and 2014, and is again involved with the 2016 conference.


Research Degree Supervision

Ria has previously supervised a number of MSc dissertations on topics including sex discrimination, work-life balance and the psychological contract.

She would be interested in supervising students undertaking qualitative research, particularly in the following areas:

  • Workplace bullying, harassment and/or discrimination
  • Use of alternative dispute resolution in employment disputes – particularly the use of workplace mediation
  • Conflict management
  • Equality and diversity