Dr Luke Fletcher


Work and Organisational Psychology Department

Luke Fletcher Aston Business School
Luke is a Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Aston Business School. 

He is a module leader for a postgraduate module, is part of the teaching team for the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship programme, and supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. 

Luke has written and presented work for both academic and practitioner audiences, and currently serves on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Human Resource Management. He is also a reviewer for Human Relations, Human Resource Development Quarterly, and for the Academy of Management Annual Meetings. 

Prior to joining Aston Business School, Luke held a Lectureship position at Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, and before that was a Research Officer for the Institute for Employment Studies.

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone:  +44 (0) 0121 204 4213
Email: l.fletcher1@aston.ac.uk
Room:  SW8021


  • PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Brighton (2017)
  • PhD in Management, University of Kent (2014)
  • Associate Teacher Accreditation Programme, University of Kent (2013)
  • Level A and Level B in Occupational Testing, British Psychological Society (2010)
  • MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology, University of Surrey (2010)
  • BA in Psychology with Management Studies, University of Sussex (2009)
  • Senior Lecturer - Aston Business School, Aston University - Aug 2018 to Present
  • Lecturer – Aston Business School, Aston University – Sep 2016 to Jul 2018
  • Lecturer – Brighton Business School, University of Brighton – Nov 2014 to Aug 2016
  • Research Officer – Institute for Employment Studies – Sep 2013 to Nov 2014
  • Research Assistant and Seminar Leader – University of Kent – Jul 2011 to Aug 2013
  • HR Business Intelligence Analyst – Yell Group Plc – Jul 2010 to Dec 201Postgraduate 


  • BHM351 Learning and Talent Development (traditional taught programme)
  • BHK536 Learning and Talent Development (online programme)
  • UG and PG dissertation/research project supervision
  • UG placement project
  • Engagement and motivation at work
  • Meaningful work and the experience of meaningfulness
  • Perceptions of HRM, particularly of training and development
  • Issues of diversity, prejudice, and discrimination
  • LGBT+ employees and entrepreneurs
  • Enhancing everyday working life through meaningfulness initiatives in the workplace. Richard Benjamin Memorial Trust; Early Career Research Grant (£9,319). Oct 2015 to Oct 2016

    In 2015, the Richard Benjamin Memorial Trust awarded Dr Fletcher a grant to carry out a pilot intervention study on meaningfulness at work. The aim is to understand how facilitating meaningfulness at work, through a personal development initiative, can increase engagement and personal agency at work. The study has been completed and so far a paper will be presented at the 2nd Symposium of Meaningful Work, 1-2 December 2016, at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand http://www.workresearch.aut.ac.nz/news-and-events/news/all-news/meaningful-work-symposium, and a dissemination event is being hosted by the Institute for Employment Studies on 13 December 2016 in London.
  • Beyond the closet: The effects of personal networks and authenticity on lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) entrepreneurs' wellbeing and behaviour British Academy/Leverhulme; Small Grant (£9,395). Sep 2017 to Feb 2019

    In 2017, Dr Fletcher was awarded a small grant by the British Academy and Leverhulme to examine how LGB-friendly networks impact upon LGB entrepreneurs. The study is underway in the form of an online survey. Please contact Dr Fletcher for more information and to access the survey. 


  • Lakshmi Chandrasekaran - Meaningful work (PhD candidate)
  • Lewis Haydon - Psychological capital (DBA candidate)
  • Sapheya Aftimos - Talent management in Kuwaiti Higher Education institutions (DBA candidate)
  • Xueer Ma - Organisational receptivity for change in Chinese state-owned enterprises (PhD candidate)

Luke welcomes PhD and DBA applications from students interested in employee engagement, meaningful work, personal development, and issues related to diversity, prejudice and discrimination.

  • British Psychological Society and the Division of Occupational Psychology
  • Academy of Management
  • European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology
  • Fellow of HEA


  • Fletcher, L., Bailey, C., & Gilman, M. (2018). Fluctuating levels of personal role engagement within the working day: A multilevel study. Human Resource Management Journal, 28(1), 128-147. doi: 10.1111/1748-8583.12168 
  • Fletcher, L., Carter, M., & Lyubovnikova, J. (2018). Congruency of resources and demands and their effects on staff turnover within the English healthcare sector. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. Online first. doi: 10.1111/joop.12214. Also this will be presented at the 2018 Institute of Work Psychology conference, Sheffield UK
  • Fletcher, L., Everly, B., & Theodorakopoulos, N.(2018). Beyond the closet: The role of LGBT+ friendly HRM practices and authenticity at work. To be presented at the Institute of Work Psychology’s 2018 International Conference, June 2018 


  • Bailey, C., Madden, A., Alfes, K., & Fletcher, L. (2017). The meaning, antecedents and outcomes of employee engagement:  A narrative evidence synthesis. International Journal of Management Reviews, 19, 31-53. doi: 10.1111/ijmr.12077  
  • Fletcher, L. (2017). The everyday experience of engagement: What matters most?. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 28(4), 451-479. Doi: 10.1002/hrdq.21288 
  • Fletcher, L., & Robinson, D. (2017). Chapter 19 - Enhancing meaningfulness in the workplace: Testing the effect of a personal development intervention. In Niven, K., Lewis, S., & Kagan, C. (eds). Making a Difference with Psychology. London, UK: Richard Benjamin Trust Foundation.
  • Gloster, R., Betram, C., Buzzeo, J., Fletcher, L., Tassinari, A., Cox, A., & Vlaev, I. (2017). Using behavioural insights to examine benefit claimants’ approaches to training opportunities. London, UK: Department for Education.
  • Madden, A., Bailey, C.,  Alfes, K., & Fletcher, L. (2017). Using narrative evidence synthesis in HRM research: an overview of the method, its application and the lessons learned. Human Resource Management. Online first. Doi: 10.1002/hrm.21858 



  • Fletcher, L., Alfes, K., & Robinson, D. (2016). The relationship between perceived training and development and employee retention: the mediating role of work attitudes. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. Online first Doi: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1262888. 
  • Fletcher, L. (2016). Meaningfulness interventions as a way to facilitate engagement and personal initiative in the workplace: A field experimental study. To be presented at the 2nd International Symposium on Meaningful Work: Prospects for the 21st Century, Auckland, New Zealand, 1-2 December 2016.
  • Fletcher, L. (2016). How can personal development lead to increased engagement? The roles of meaningfulness and perceived line manager relations. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. Online first. doi: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1184177
  • Fletcher, L. (2016). Training perceptions, engagement and performance: Comparing personal role engagement and work engagement. Human Resource Development International, 19, 4-26. 
  • Fletcher, L. (2016). The influence of the occupational context on employees’ engagement. Presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Nottingham UK. January 2016.
  • Fletcher, L., and Robinson, D. (2016). What’s the point? The importance of meaningful work. In Thoughts for the Day: IES Perspectives on HR 2016 (pp. 14 – 20). Report 608. Brighton, UK: Institute for Employment Studies. Available from: http://www.employment-studies.co.uk/resource/thoughts-day-ies-perspectives-hr-2016 
  • Fletcher, L., Bailey, C., Alfes, K., and Madden, A. (2016). Employee engagement in the public sector: a narrative evidence synthesis. Presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Anaheim CA USA, August 2016.


  • Bailey, C., Madden, A., Alfes, K., Fletcher, L., Robinson, D., Holmes, J., Buzzeo, J. and Currie, G. (2015) Evaluating the evidence on employee engagement and its potential benefits to NHS staff: a synthesis of the literature. National Institute for Health Research. (peer-reviewed)
  • Fletcher, L. (2015). Can flexible work arrangements boost engagement and desirable employee behaviour? Presented at the CIPD Conference for Applied Research, London UK. December 2015. Available from www.cipd.co.uk
  • Fletcher, L. (2015). Fluctuating levels of personal role engagement within the working day. Presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver BC Canada, August 2015.
  • Fletcher, L., and Robinson, D. (2015). The relationship between perceived training and development and employee retention. Presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver BC Canada, August 2015.
  • Pollard, E., Hirsh, W., Williams, M., Buzzeo, J., Marvell, R., Tassinari, A., Bertram, C., Fletcher, L., Artess, J., Redman, J., and Ball, C. (2015). Understanding employers’ graduate recruitment and selection practices. BIS/15/464. Department for Business Innovation & Skills.



  • Cox, A., and Fletcher, L. (2014). Scoping for a foresight study. European Agency for Occupational Safety and Health at Work
  • Fletcher, L., and Robinson, D. (2014). Measuring and Understanding Engagement in C.Truss, R. Delbridge, K. Alfes, A. Shantz, and E. Soane (Eds.), Employee Engagement in Theory and Practice (pp.587-627). London: Routledge.
  • Fletcher, L. Robinson, D., Bailey, C., Alfes, K., Holmes, J., Madden, A., Buzzeo, J. and Currie, G. (2014). Measuring employee engagement and interpreting survey results. NHS Employers/National Institute for Health Research. (peer-reviewed)
  • Holmes, J., Fletcher, L., Buzzeo, J., Robinson, D., Bailey, C., Madden, A., Alfes, K. and Currie, G. (2014). NIHR staff engagement in the NHS: Review of practitioner studies of engagement. NHS Employers/ National Institute for Health Research. (peer-reviewed)



  • Fletcher, L., and Truss, C. (2013).  LV= Achieving Business Turn-Around Through Employee Engagement. European Case Clearing House.
  • Fletcher, L., Truss, C., and Gilman, M. (2013).  The experience of engagement within the working day: A mixed methods study.  Presented at the 16th Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, Münster Germany