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Susan is a Senior Lecturer in HRM at the University of Westminster. Her career spans 37 years, during which time she has worked in both the private and public sectors. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also holds SEDA accreditation.

Susan gained her PhD on ‘Women’s participation in expatriation: the contribution of organisational policy and practice – a case study of the oil and gas exploration and production sector’ in 2012. A series of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters are published, in press and in progress drawing from this thesis. Susan also writes on international HRM issues for practitioner journals, speaks regularly at conferences and has a long track record of publishing in peer reviewed and practitioner journals. She is the author of five books in the field of HRM.

Prior to working in Higher Education, Susan worked in a managerial role in international HRM consultancy in one of the ‘big four’ accountancy firms, KPMG. Prior to this she managed an employer advisory unit and edited HR publications for the employers’ association, the Confederation of British Industry. Early in her career, Susan worked in publishing, carrying out research on a range of HR and industrial relations issues for highly respected UK-based research organisations, Incomes Data Services and Industrial Relations Services. 


Susan teaches on the Managing Human Resources and International Human Resource Management modules. As a published author of research studies, she regularly brings research into her teaching.


Susan's main areas of research are in the areas of gender and expatriation. She also publishes in the field of education, specifically on peer observation of teaching.

Her recent publications include:

Shortland, S. and Perkins, S.J. (2016) ‘Long-term assignment reward (dis)satisfaction outcomes: hearing women’s voices Journal of Global Mobility, Vol 4 No 2, pp. 225-250.

Shortland, S. (2016) ‘The Purpose of Expatriation: Why Women Undertake International Assignments’ Human Resource Management, Vol 55 No 4, pp. 655-678.

Shortland, S. (2015) ‘The ‘expat factor’: The influence of working time on women’s decisions to undertake international assignments in the oil and gas industry’ The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol 26 No 11, pp. 1542-1473.

Shortland, S. (2014) ‘Role models: Expatriate gender diversity pipeline or pipe-dream?’ Career Development International, Vol 19 No 5, pp. 572-594.