Rose Shepherd

Management School

Lecturer in Work Psychology
+44 114 222 3228

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Rose Shepherd
Management School
Room C055
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
S10 1FL

Rose joined the Management School’s Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) as a Lecturer in Work Psychology in April 2013.

Prior to this, Rose worked at Leeds University Business School for 5½ years as a Researcher in Organizational Psychology.

Rose has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (First Class) from York St John University and an MSc in Occupational Psychology (Distinction) from the University of Sheffield.

She was awarded the BPS Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and the prize for Outstanding Student from the IWP itself. Rose is currently completing a part-time PhD.

Rose is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS), a Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP), a Member of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Research interests

Rose’s research focuses primarily on understanding and managing crowd events. In particular, she is interested in exploring how local event management practices are influenced by wider contextual factors, such as current financial or political constraints.

As part of her research, Rose established the 'Crowd Behaviour Network' - an international forum for researchers and professionals involved with managing crowd events to share knowledge and expertise, helping enhance crowd safety and event success.

She hosts a Crowd Behaviour Network discussion group on LinkedIn - please feel free to join if you are interested!

Rose also has research interests in organizational safety and disasters, socio-technical systems thinking, and technology in the workplace.

Rose has developed strong links with many leading public and private sector organizations, including the Cabinet Office, the Emergency Planning College, Arup, London Metropolitan Police Service, South Yorkshire Police, Liverpool City Council, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and York Racecourse. She is also a member of the Sheffield University Policing Research Group (SUPRG).

Rose has successfully published her research in a number of international peer-reviewed journals, a series of books for the Cabinet Office, several book chapters and practitioner journals.

Rose has also presented her work at numerous leading national and international conferences, including the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, the Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics International Conference, the Congress of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology, and the BPS Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference and Social Psychology Section Annual Conference.

She has also written many organizational reports and given presentations to a range of organizations.



  • Challenger R, Clegg CW & Robinson MA (2010) Understanding Crowd Behaviours, Volume 1: Practical Guidance and Lessons Identified.. London: TSO. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Challenger R, Clegg CW & Robinson MA (2010) Understanding Crowd Behaviours, Volume 2: Supporting Theory and Evidence.. London: TSO. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers

  • Davis M, Waterson P, Shepherd R, Hughes H & Shepherd C (2017) Socio-Technical Systems Thinking: An idea of the past or fit for today’s challenges?. EAWOP 2017 Abstract Book RIS download Bibtex download
  • Carter A, Topakas A & Shepherd R (2017) Portfolio assessment for postgraduate professional skills development. ‘‘Engaging Students in a Research - Intensive Environment’’ Book of Abstracts RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP)


Rose has secured a total of almost £290,000 of research funding from:

  • the ESRC
  • the EPSRC
  • the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)
  • the Cabinet Office
  • the College of Policing
  • the HEFCE Higher Education Innovation Fund 5
  • Leeds University Business School
  • Sheffield University Management School
  • Nottingham University Business School
  • School of Management, The University of Leicester
  • the academic journal Organization

Faraday Packaging Partnership.The most noteworthy of these is her ESRC ‘Follow on Funding’ grant (£107,219.99).

Teaching interests

Rose is passionate about research-led teaching and always strives to incorporate her research and real-world case studies into her teaching sessions.

She aims to bring psychological theory to life by showing students how it can be applied to real-world problems.

Rose encourages students to develop a critical mind, accepting things not at face value, but evaluating strengths and weaknesses and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Rose teaches on many degree courses, at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

Teaching activities

On the MSc Occupational Psychology and MSc Work Psychology courses, she leads the Work Design, Organizational Change and Development module (MGT6161) and the Work Psychology Skills workshops.

She teaches on the Research Methods module (MGT6165) and the Applying Psychology to Work and Organizations module (MGT6162).

She also co-leads the Research Methods module (MGT682) for Masters level students across the Management School, studying Leadership and Management, Cultural and Creative Industries Management, Human Resource Management, International Management, Entrepreneurship and Management, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

At Undergraduate level, Rose teaches on Futures First: Professional Self Management (MGT139), a first year module which runs across the BA Business Management, BA International Business Management and BA Accounting and Financial Management courses.