Valerie Anderson is Professor of Human Resource Development and Education at the University of Portsmouth. She is committed to the integration of research, scholarship, practice, teaching and learning. Her specific field of expertise are professional education and learning and development in work organization settings. Prior to her academic career she worked in operational and consultancy learning and development roles in private and public sector organizations. She is Co-Chair of the University Forum for HRD.
She also chairs the BSI Committee responsible for standards development in Human Capital Management and is Convenor of the ISO Working Group to develop the first International Standard for Learning and Development in Organizations. In addition to funded research leading to academic publications she undertakes a range of practice-based research projects and has authored over 15 practitioner tools, webinars and reports. She is a member of the steering group for the annual International CIPD Applied Research Conference and is the lead author of the CIPD textbook Research Methods in Human Resource Management, currently in its 4th edition.