About the Journal

The aim of the Journal is to bring together international practitioner and academic expertise to promote and support the understanding and practice of Human Resource Development. To achieve its overarching aim the Journal:

  • adopts a practice driven perspective to the understanding of HRD: its construction, organisational and national positioning and its influence and impact
  • encourages the exploration and reporting of pioneering and innovative practices in HRD at the individual, group and organisational levels in diverse settings
  • highlights theory informed practice and practice based research as key pathways to an enriched understanding of HRD, wherever it is practiced.
  • engages in practitioner and academic debate on innovative practice using country, industry, sector and organisationally specific case studies
  • promotes rigorous analysis, review and discussion of HRD practice, policy and research.
  • is committed to ensuring contributions are drawn from a global context and have an interest to an international readership.
  • is committed to a peer review process for article contributions

The Journal is sponsored by a partnership between the International Federation of Training & Development Organisations (IFTDO) and the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD). Founded in 1972 IFTDO seek to develop and maintain a worldwide network committed to the identification, development and transfer of knowledge, skills and technology to enhance personal growth, human performance and sustainable development. IFTDO’s membership forms a highly diverse network of HRD organisations globally, linking HR professionals in corporations, professional associations, universities, consultancies, government organisations and enterprises. The UFHRD is an international association for universities, reflective practitioners, and learning oriented organisations. The Forum’s mission is to create, develop and inform leading–edge HRD theories and practices by promoting professionally-focused qualifications, co-operative research initiatives, consultancy interventions. Both organisations host an annual conference which seek to promote discussion and debate towards the advancement of HRD understanding and its practice.

Unique Attributes

Much is discussed about bridging the academic practice divide. It is in many way a false distinction but a challenge nonetheless. Critically, the International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy and Research seeks to approach this challenge from first and foremost a practice perspective. It is practice centered journal which nonetheless provides the opportunity to synergise practice with theory to develop further insights to inform both disciplines. It offers the critically reflective professional practitioner insight, ideas and understanding on the contemporary issues and challenges facing HRD, its impact and influence.

Key Journal Audiences

  • HRD, Learning and Development professionals operating in the private, public and voluntary sectors worldwide
  • Policy makers in government and related interest groups and professional associations concerned with national and sector skills and workforce development.
  • Lecturers and Teachers of HRD, Learning and Development, and management studies more generally
  • HRD researchers

Guidelines for Contributors

The Journal aims to publish articles which make an original contribution to Human Resource Development. Normally each issue will feature articles which relate to the three areas of HRD Practice; HRD policy and HRD research. The journal will feature a range of types of contribution including:

  • Full Papers: accounts of practice, research based case studies, papers addressing theory and practice in HRD, HRD policy review (national and corporate)
  • HRD Viewpoints: including issues for discussion, interviews, book and resource reviews


In more detail contributions might address:

National and Sector HRD / VET policy and practice

The HRD knowledge base (learning; skill; competencies)

Strategic HRD in practice

Efficacy of organisational HRD interventions

Contemporary issues in HRD (e.g. HRD vis Innovation, Technology, Diversity, Young People, Older Workers)

HRD and workforce skills and development

HRD practice in different sectors (private, public, voluntary)

HRD Analytics

HRD and Ethics

The professionalisation of HRD

HRD training and career development

The teaching and learning of HRD

Critically, potential contributors, whatever the type of contribution, are asked to consider how their paper will make a difference to our understanding of HRD practice and its impact and influence. Interested contributors are referred to the Contributor Guidelines for more details.


The Editorial Team

Editor in Chief

Dr Rick Holden; Liverpool Business School


Associate Editors

Professor Jamie Callahan; Drexel University

Dr Mark Loon; Worcester University

Dr Jan Myers, Northumbria University

Dr Roland Yeo, Saudi Aramco and University of South Australia Business School


Editorial Advisory Board

The EAB members are listed on http://www.ijhrdppr.com/editorial-board/