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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THE CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE WORKING LIFE, BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, ANNOUNCES A NEW POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMME IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY FOR 2017. The Centre for Sustainable Working Life (CSWL) is pleased to announce a new postgraduate and post experience programme in occupational … Continue reading
It has been a long time since I last posted on this Blog: too long. Fortunately, however, this has not been due to ill-health or loss of interest or complete retirement. 2015 and 2016 have been momentous years in UK … Continue reading
I delivered this eulogy to my friend and colleague Seb ~ Dr Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez ~ at the Healthy Workplace Summit 2015 in Bilbao in November. ___________________________________________________
Cancer & Employment: The Legal & Insurance Contexts The third ESRC funded seminar on Cancer & Employment will consider the legal and insurance industry perspectives. It will be held in the Keynes Library, Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London on 21st January 2015. … Continue reading
PSYCHOLOGICAL RESILIENCE & WELLBEING by PALMER AND GYLLENSTEN: SAGE SAGE are preparing a new academic work, Psychological Resilience & Wellbeing, edited by Stephen Palmer and Kristina Gyllensten, Centre for Stress Management in London, which will be published next month (July 2015) as of the SAGE … Continue reading
ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIALLY STRESSFUL WORK AND ORGANISATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS: THEORY AND METHOD The Fourth Edition of the substantial text The Evaluation of Human Work has just been published edited by the late John Wilson and by Sarah Sharples. This book stands as … Continue reading
THE INFLUENCE OF NURSING TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP STYLE ON THE QUALITY OF NURSES’ WORKING LIVES IN TAIWAN: A CROSS-SECTIONAL QUANTITATIVE STUDY Our paper describing a quantitative study of the effects of a transformational leadership style, within nursing, on nurses’ working lives has been published … Continue reading