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.
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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 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
ESRC SEMINAR SERIES ON CANCER AND EMPLOYMENT ~ SOCIAL SCIENCE PERSPECTIVES: DISCUSSION SEMINARS We are pleased to announce the dates for the first two Discussion Seminars in our ESRC funded Seminar Series on Cancer and Employment. This Seminar series is organised through … Continue reading
LONGBOAT KEY & EDINBURGH We had an excellent family Xmas with our girls, their partners, all our grandchildren and one of our daughter’s in-laws. The house was full and full of fun. To top that, Stoke City beat Everton away at Goodison Park. … Continue reading
METIS, NORDFORSK & SOCIAL EVENTS On the 6th November, the first METIS Collaboration Away Day was held in Edinburgh at the offices of Macmillan in Scotland. Our thanks to Joanne Adamson of Macmillan. The meeting was well attended by the members … Continue reading
HUGHES SYNDROME & QUALITY OF LIFE We have had our empirical paper on Antiphospholipid (Hughes) syndrome: description of population and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) using the SF-36 accepted for publication in LUPUS (SAGE Publications). The journal’s impact factor is: 2.481. It is ranked … Continue reading
SEMINAR @ BIRKBECK’S DEPARTMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: CANCER SURVIVORSHIP AND WORKING LIFE (25th March 2014) I presented a paper on ‘Cancer survivorship and working life‘ as part of the seminar programme run by the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck University of … Continue reading