Bio (Eileen Piggot-Irvine)

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Eileen Piggot-Irvine


Adjunct Professor


Leadership Studies


Eileen Piggot-Irvine is a scholar, author, consultant and former professor of leadership at Royal Roads University. She has published six books, multiple book chapters and 65 refereed journal articles. An adjunct professor at both Royal Roads University and Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, Piggot-Irvine’s work has been in the areas of leadership development, action research, leadership review and appraisal, goal pursuit, overcoming bullying by leaders and inclusive approaches to evaluation. Her work has focused on helping people develop collaborative, non-defensive, interactions that lead to high-trust relationships. In the past 10 years, Piggot-Irvine has directed 11 contracts, including several at a national level, using an action research methodology. She recently won a national grant to lead a team of seven international researchers investigating the impact of action research.   


Before joining Royal Roads in 2012, Piggot-Irvine established EPI leadership and management consultancy in 1995, where she took on a mentoring or project leader role. During that time, Piggot-Irvine worked with senior leaders in public and private sector organisations nationally and in countries including South Africa, Vanuatu, Australia and the United Kingdom. She has been vice-president of the international association Action Learning Action Research Association (ALARA), established the New Zealand Action Research Network, and served as director of the New Zealand Action Research and Review Centre, as well as the New Zealand Principal Leadership Centre. Until 2014 she was chief editor of the ALARA Monograph series and currently edits four other journals. 


Piggot-Irvine holds a PhD in Leadership from Massey University (2002). She completed a Master of Education Administration with first class honours at Massey University (1994) and a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology at the University of Auckland (1983). She holds a Certificate in the Teaching of Adults from Auckland Institute of Technology, a Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from University of Auckland (1976), and a New Zealand Certificate in Science from Auckland Technical Institute (1974). She has held numerous fellowships, including Warwick University and most recently the Griffith University Visiting Research Fellowship.


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