Esme Franken

Building employee resilience in the public sector

Esme Cleave PhD student School of Management
Esme Cleave, PhD student in Human Resources & Industrial Relations


Office: PhD Space, Level 1, Rutherford House, Pipitea campus, Wellington 6011

Phone: +64 27 9436292

Supervisors: Dr Geoff Plimmer, A/Prof Jane Bryson, Dr Sanna Malinen (University of Canterbury)


Esme started her PhD in 2017, after transferring the project from a Master's thesis. Her academic studies began in the area of languages and linguistics. After graduating with a BA, she coincidentally landed a job in HR. This experience introduced her to the workings of management and HR, both of which she developed a great interest for and decided to pursue academically.

Esme did a Graduate Diploma in HR, which allowed her to better understand and build on her experiences. She then continued her academic studies through the HR Honours and Masters program at Victoria. Esme's Masters project was already interesting and large in scope, so she applied to have it upgraded to a PhD.Her research is being extended in a three-phase mixed-methods research design.

In addition to working on her thesis, Esme also works at the university as a research assistant and tutor.


BA, Victoria University
GDip, Victoria University

Research interests

Employee and organisational resilience, leadership competencies, organisational capability, government organisations, mixed-methods.