Martin Dowling



BSc (Hons) in Management Science– University of Manchester
MA in Industrial Relations– University of Keele
Dip in Ed Tech– University of Abertay

Martin joined the Al-Maktoum College team in April 2019.

His career in higher education has seen him hold appointments at several universities in the UK where he has specialised in teaching, academic management and leadership, postgraduate course development and management, quality assurance systems, research, external examining and consultancy. He is a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM), the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

His teaching areas include human resource management, industrial relations and management development. Martin is a keen advocate of student-centred learning and promotes student engagement and interactivity in his approach to teaching.

Research Interests

Martin Dowling’s current research interests are in the areas of organisational change and HR strategy, partnership working in organisations, and the concepts of skill and competence within management development initiatives. He has undertaken research projects for several local and national organisations. Recent projects have concerned: staff attitudes and perceptions in the health and local government sectors; future skill development and partnership working among European employers and trade unions; and, attitudes to leadership among public sector managers.



  • Webb, S. and Dowling, M. (2015) “The Organising and Artistic Demands of Orchestral Performances” in Beech, N. and Gilmore, C. Organising Music: Theory, Practice, Performance, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Fearfull, A. and Dowling, M. (2011) “Skills in the 21st Century Organisation: The Career of a Notion” in Townsend, K. and Wilkinson, A., (2011) The Edward Elgar Research Handbook on the Future of Work and Employment Relations, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham.
  • Hotho, S. and Dowling, M. (2010) “Revisiting leadership development: the participant perspective”, Leadership and Organisation Development Journal Vol 31, No 7.
  • Dowling, M. and Henderson, I. (2009) “Managing Personal Competencies”, MBA Module, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.
  • Dowling, M., Beech, N., Donnelly, M. and Littler, C. (eds) (2007) Spanning Two Towers: The Interplay of Knowledge and Practice in HRM. University of St Andrews.