Prof Olga Tregaskis was appointed as Head of Norwich Business School in August 2020 having joined the School in 2011 as Professor of International Human Resource Management. She was a founding member and Group Head of the Employment Systems and Institutions Group, and Director for Academic Staff Development. Since then she has helped establish the NBS Work and Wellbeing Research Group which is internationally recognised for its research and engagement with policy, organisational and individual stakeholders. She is also a REF2021 sub-panel member for her subject area, Business & Management.


Research by Professor Tregaskis examines the dynamics of learning and skills systems and how these influence individual wellbeing and organisational outcomes. Working within large interdisciplinary, inter-faculty and cross-institution research teams (attracting in excess of £7 million), her work provides the teams with core insight on organisational actors as system architects and implementers (ESRC, SSHRC, EU). Her work tackles applied problems including how UK multinationals redesign their people capabilities to compete as global leaders (ESRC funded Globalizing Actors Project), how organisations design for productive and happy workplaces (ESRC Wellbeing Practices Project), and how organisations are building environmental mindsets (CAST – ESRC Research Centre for Climate and Social Transformations). Beyond academic publication, this research has collectively led to the creation of open access practice tools and publications designed for policy groups, organisations and individual learners published through the What Works Centre, and the CRIMT International Partnership on Institutional Experimentation for Better Work which brings together a network of 150 researchers across 12 countries. Through her work with the ESRC What Works Wellbeing Research Centre examining the harmful impact of low quality education and skills programmes on individuals’ wellbeing she has fed into policy debates with government departmental analysts.


Professor Tregaskis is a PhD graduate of Cranfield School of Management, with an MSc in Applied Psychology from Cranfield University and BSc in Psychology from the University of Ulster. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and member of the British Psychological Society.

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