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Professor Almuth McDowall: Inaugural Lecture

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre

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Helping business to make their people happy: researching organisational psychology with relevance to practice


This lecture is aimed at the wider public and fellow academics alike to outline how the science of organisational psychology underpins research with relevance to practice. Professor McDowall will outline the real-world questions which have sparked her programme of research. She will illustrate how psychological theory underpins her research into work-life balance and wellbeing, performance and rewards as well as professional competence and evidence-based practice drawing on examples from past and present research projects.


This is an hour long lecture, followed by a drinks reception.


Registration is free, but places are limited, so booking is essential.


Almuth McDowall is Professor of Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics, where she heads up the department of Organizational Psychology. Having earned her PhD from City University of London, she started her academic career with a ‘consultancy-academic’ hybrid role before moving into full-time academia. Almuth’s research has been funded the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), the Ministry of Defence, the ESRC and the Home Office. She acts as a consultant to the private and public sector on a range of personnel issues. Widely published in the academic domain, Almuth is committed to wider dissemination by regularly contributing to the Media and is sought after as a key-note speaker in industry. Passionate about the training and development for psychologists, she was twice honoured as ‘volunteer of the year’ from the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology, and was recognised for impact to practice by the CIPD with the Ian Beardwell prize, together with her collaborator Professor Gail Kinman, in 2017.

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