I was educated at Latymer Upper School, London, and at the University of Nottingham where I eventually joined the academic staff. After 41 years service, I retired from the Chair of Organisational Psychology in 2012.
During my time at Nottingham, I became Head of what was then the Department of Psychology (1994-1998). In 1999, I established the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations as a new international postgraduate research school. I stood down as its Founding Director in 2010 and took a year's sabbatical before retiring from the University in 2012 to join Birkbeck University of London as its new Chair of Occupational Health Psychology & Management.
I was awarded a CBE in the New Years Honours List 2000 for services to occupational health. This award was largely related to my role in the development of the Management Standards approach to work-related stress and psychosocial risks to employee health. The following year, 2003, I was made an Honorary Fellow of both the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (Dublin) and of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors. In 2008, I was presented with an award for a Distinguished Contribution to Occupational Health Psychology jointly by the American Psychological Association, the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the US Society for Occupational Health Psychology. In 2012, I was awarded an Honorary Chair in Psychosocial Oncology by the University of Aberdeen and an Emeritus Chair by the University of Nottingham.
I founded the journal Work & Stress in the late 1980s with my colleague, Professor Phillip Dewe, and stood down as its Managing Editor some 27 years later at the end of 2013.
You can find more information on me and my connections on Linkedin and see me on You Tube.
View my Alec Rodger Memorial Lecture "Resilience, People, Organisations and their Communities" on YouTube.
The Centre for Sustainable Working Life (CSWL) was formally established in the School of Business, Economics & Informatics at Birkbeck University of London on 25th June 2013.
I am its first Director. Professor Phillip Dewe was its Deputy Director until his retirement in 2015. Dr Juliet Hassard is now its Deputy Director. Kevin Teoh is currently a Lecturer in the Centre and Drs Magda Marczak and Gianina Postavaru have recently been researchers there. Dr Duncan Jackson, Emma Kinloch and Dr Chris Smewing are Associated Members of CSWL. Dr Sara MacLennan is an Honorary Research Fellow of the School and a member of the Centre.
I hold an Honorary Chair in Psychosocial Oncology at the University of Aberdeen. This position supports my role in the METIS Collaboration which is an initiative of the Academic Urology Unit in the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, School of Medicine & Dentistry.
METIS is concerned with the psychosocial, organisational and economic perspectives on the patient's journey through cancer. My contribution is currently in relation to cancer survivorship, working life and work participation.
It is currently funded by UCAN, Macmillan in Scotland, NHS Grampian and the ESRC.
At present, METIS is based around a collaboration between the Universities of Aberdeen and Newcastle and Birkbeck University of London.
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There is an exciting opportunity to get on to or to get back into an academic career by joining a dynamic, productive and friendly team in the Centre for Sustainable Working Life, Birkbeck University of London. The Centre is advertising … Continue reading
We all want Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) to address relevant real world issues using methods that are fit for purpose. We want to see research, policy and practice intimately related. We want to make a difference. However, there are two important … Continue reading
Here is a selection of my recent publications from the Centre for Sustainable Working Life, Birkbeck University of London. Together, they give a flavour of the Centre’s research programme. Of course, there are other publications from the Centre and these … Continue reading
The PDP in Occupational Health Psychology & Management is offered by the Centre for Sustainable Working Life in the School of Business, Economics & Informatics at Birkbeck University of London. It was formerly established in early 2017 and took in … Continue reading
There is an exciting opportunity to get on to or to get back to the academic career ladder about to arise in the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck University of London. The Centre is about to advertise a … Continue reading
BREAKING NEWS: Professional Doctorate in Occupational Health Psychology & Management Launched As part of the continuing development of the Centre for Sustainable Working Life at Birkbeck University of London, we have launched a new postgraduate programme in occupational health psychology … Continue reading
Current state and future prospects of research on fear of cancer recurrence — Social Dimensions of Health Institute
Congratulations to Gozde Ozakinci, Associate Director of SDHI and Lecturer in Health Psychology, School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews who along with colleagues Sophie Lebel, Gerald Humphris, Belinda Thewes, Judith Prins, Andreas Dinkel and Phyllis Butow have … Continue reading
NEW OPPORTUNITIES AT CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE WORKING LIFE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, ECONOMICS & INFORMATICS, BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY OF LONDON Three exciting new opportunities are on offer in the Centre for Sustainable Working Life (the Centre) in the School of Business, Economics … Continue reading
National health experts have today announced the launch of the world’s first Centre for Research Excellence in Prostate Cancer Survivorship, to be led by Queensland. The nation’s top prostate cancer experts will lead the multi-disciplinary survivorship centre, the first of … Continue reading
THE CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE WORKING LIFE & THE METIS COLLABORATION: PEOPLE, SEMINARS & NEW PROJECTS. Much has happened over the last six or so months that warrants reporting both with regards to the Centre for Sustainable Working Life (the Centre) at Birkbeck and to The … Continue reading