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. The Institute was formally recognised by the WHO as a Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health. 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 resigned from Birkbeck in 2020.
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. I remain its Emeritus Editor.
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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 remain its first Director. Professor Phillip Dewe was its Deputy Director until his retirement in 2015. The future of the Centre is currently under review after being moved to the Department of Organisational Psychology.
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. It is also concerned with the rerad across from our knowledge of cancer survivorship and work to other long term conditions. My contribution is currently in relation to cancer survivorship, working life and work participation.
It has been 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 Birkbeck University of London.
Author Archives: The Old Grey Fox
Getting the Message Right: Covid-19 Safety
There are always checks and balances to be discussed and decided in relation to shaping health-related behaviours; including those between individual rights and ownership of such behaviours and awareness and acknowledgement of contextual influences. The fight against the current Covid-19 … Continue reading
Continuing Research in Retirement
It is now nearly two months since I left Birkbeck University of London (BBK) having formally retired from the University of Nottingham some 10 years earlier. My commitment has always been to real world health-related research and that is where … Continue reading
Honorary Chair: Aberdeen
Since leaving Birkbeck University of London, I am proud to have been awarded an Honorary Chair in Occupational Health specialising in long term conditions and working life in the School of Medicine at the University of Aberdeen. This is effectively … Continue reading
Leaving the Building: Valedictory Lecture
After nearly 10 years, I am leaving Birkbeck University of London on 2nd October 2020. I will be giving an online Valedictory Lecture on Thursday 1st October – 10.30 to 11.15 on Teams: Looking Forward Looking Back Again. All are … Continue reading
The New Normal
The New Normal: For Better Or For Worse? The world around us is changing. A “new normal” is emerging driven by the coronavirus pandemic. For most people, many of the changes that they are forced to deal with are challenging … Continue reading
Coronavirus, Health & Working Life
Coronavirus, Health & Working Life: Thoughts Without doubt, the challenge that faces us globally as a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus is one of the greatest of our generation. A report published by the COVID-19 Team … Continue reading
The Three Musketeers
A year or so back, I wrote a short piece in a book that the School of Business, Economics & Informatics, (Birkbeck University of London) put together to mark Professor Phillip Powell’s resignation from his post as its Dean. It … Continue reading
Occupational Health Psychology: An Agenda
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
UPDATE: Publication Record
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
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