Ishbel McWha

Ishbel McWha Cornell University

Ishbel is an Early Career Fellow in International Human Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School. She teaches in the area of HRM and IHRM with a particular interest in issues of social justice and diversity. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh Ishbel worked for two years as Research Associate at Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute (EDI). In this role she undertook research into improving the employment experiences of individuals with disabilities. Prior to this, her research work focused on the application of work and organisational psychology to the international development arena. In particular, she has studied the importance of relationships between local and foreign workers in lower-income contexts, and the impact of disparate salaries on those relationships, ultimately informing the success of capacity development and poverty reduction initiatives.  She has lived and worked in numerous different countries, including India, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and the UK.

Ishbel's research interests include the HR policies and practices of international NGOs, organisational justice, ‘decent’ work, humanitarian work psychology, identity, and intergroup relations. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals within both the international development and psychology arenas. 

In 2010 Ishbel was awarded a SIOP Presidential Celebration Coin for Science and Practice for her work on Project ADDUP, a multidisciplinary and international research project which examined the impact of local-expatriate salary disparities on the performance and motivation of workers across six lower-income countries. Ishbel was a founding member of the Global Task Force for Humanitarian Work Psychology, and was inaugural Chair of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology (GOHWP). In July 2012 Ishbel was appointed as an inaugural SIOP Representative to the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).