Key Research Interests and Expertise

I led the What Works Centre for Wellbeing' evidence programme on work, learning and wellbeing (http://whatworkswellbeing.org/evidence-program/work-learning-and-wellbeing). The What Works Centre for Wellbeing evidence programmes are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The Centre involves collaboration between twelve universities, five civil society groups, and reaches internationally through the OECD.

 

I am currently leading another Economic and Social Research Council funded project on workplace wellbeing practices and productivity, as part of a wider programme of ESRC funded projects concerned with management  practices, employee engagement and productivity. This project is a collaboration between UEA and RAND Europe. I am co-lead on an Innovate UK funded project concerned with evaluating a range of practices focused on improving wellbeing in the police.

 

Previous projects have been funded by sources such as the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the Health and Safety Executive, British Academy and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. These projects have been concerned with working practices and safety in engineering decision making in the oil and gas and medical device sectors; the health and safety of remote workers; cognitive factors involved in the relationship between job characteristics and workplace wellbeing in a range of sectors; job crafting; and factors involved in rapid return to work/stay at work for people with muscular-skeletal or common mental health conditions. 

Post-graduate supervision

I am interested in PhD applicants who wish to research the impact of organizational changes aimed at improving work and organisational processes that enhance workplace wellbeing. I am especially interested in applications wishing to take a socio-technical systems approach and/or applications centred on the ability of job design to enable effective self-regulation at work. I particularly value innovation in research methods and longitudinal data collection is essential to any successful application. Although my own research is primarily quantitative, I have supervised purely qualitative PhDs to completion (all using longitudinal data collection). 

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