Karen Thompson

Dr Karen Thompson

  • Senior Lecturer In Leadership Strategy and Organisations
  • Dorset House D233, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Fellow of the Association for Project Management, Fellow of Advance Higher Education, Associate Editor for Project Management Research and Practice, Project Management Expert for the Centre for Project Management at the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka and member of the Environment and Threats Research Group at BU. My research explores the creative, ethical and human dimensions of projects and how projects can be managed responsibly. I am co-founder of Responsible Project Management. Currently, I am leading research on developing the competencies needs for more sustainable behaviours using project-based scenarios, online and using virtual reality. We are also researching how stakeholder engagement can be enhanced for projects managed in the context of refugee camps, such as the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh. In 2017 I was the recipient of the APM’s Herbert Walton Award for my research on social media in the practice of project management, and in 2019 I received awards from PMI (UK) for my teaching and research...


Journal Articles

  • Nanthagopan, Y., Williams, N. and Thompson, K., 2019. Levels and interconnections of project success in development projects by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 12 (2), 487-511.




Internet Publications



Invited Lectures

  • Contribution to World Café, West Malling, 31 Jul 2019 more
  • Advocate or Abrogate?, Málaga, Spain, 10 Jul 2019 more
  • What does extinction mean for Project Management?, London, 23 May 2019 more
  • Responsible Project Management, Bilbao, Spain, 22 Feb 2019 more


  • Creative Futures for Projects, Programmes and Portfolios (Economic and Social Research Council, 01 Jun 2018). Completed
  • Developing Responsible Project Management in Bangladesh through Empirical Research and Social Learning (BU GCRF, 01 May 2018). In Progress
  • Developing Competencies for Responsible Project Management (BU ECR, 12 Mar 2018). Completed
  • Creative Classrooms (BU CEL, 01 Nov 2017). Completed
  • Putting Socal Science into Project Management (Economic and Social Research Council, 03 Apr 2017). Completed
  • Student competition to generate multi-purpose material promoting BU’s role is supporting businesses and developing employable graduates (BU Fusion Fund, 23 May 2014). Completed
  • Renewable Energy: An integrated approach (BU Fusion Fund, 01 Dec 2011). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • University of Hertfordshire, Validation Panel Member (2018-)
  • Poole Tidal Energy Partnership, Director (2011-)
  • University of Hertfordshire, External Examiner (2007-2011)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Acting Head of Department, Department of Leadership, Strategy and Organisations
  • Head of Education and Professional Practice, Department of Leadership, Strategy and Organisations

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Support for Project Management Development Programmes in Schools
  • Presentation on Sustainability in the Curriculum
  • Creative Futures for the Management of Projects, Programmes and Portfolios
  • Organiser of project management event bringing together practitioners and researchers
  • Presentation at meeting of APM Wessex branch

Conference Presentations

  • Digital Engagement, Digital Technologies in Project Management, 29 Jun 2016, Bournemouth University - online conference and workshop
  • Towards a Social Science of Web 2.0, Virtual Communities for Active Living, 05 Sep 2007, York, UK
  • Communication and Society, 10th Anniversary Symposium of the Journal of Information, From Chalk to Cheese : a case study in the integration of e-learning within a traditional learning environment, 20 Sep 2006, York, UK
  • Learning and Teaching, Mountains and Molehills: Exploring the benefits and concerns of e-learning., 10 May 2006, Bournemouth, UK
  • Excellence in Learning and Teaching of Project Management (2nd conference), Between Two Worlds: Use of reflection for assessing industry-collaborative student projects, 16 Sep 2005, Bournemouth, UK


  • PhD in Project management and social media (2017)
  • MA in Academic Practice (Bournemouth University, 2005)
  • BSc (Hons) in Computing (CNAA, 1982)


  • Finalist, Sustainability Champion, Staff in UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards (EAUC, 2019)
  • Herbert Walton Award (Association for Project Management, 2017)


  • British Academy of Management, Member (2017-),
  • BU Environment & Threats Strategic Research Group, Member (2017-),
  • Project Management Institute (UK Chapter), Member (2017-),
  • Bournemouth Digital Project Managers Meetup, Member (2016-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (-2005),