Established in 1962 by Professor Alec Rodger, we were the first department of occupational psychology in the UK. We have always played a distinctive role in British occupational psychology, and increasingly within organizational behaviour.
What does occupational psychology mean?
'Occupational psychology' is a particularly British term which covers the broad spectrum of occupational and organizational psychology, and in Europe the field would be called work and organizational psychology.
To reflect this international terminology the Department changed its name in 1993 to become the Department of Organizational Psychology. The Department also has strong interests in the broader field of organizational behaviour.
In 1999, the Department became part of the School of Management and Organizational Psychology within the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Ten years later, we have come full circle, and are again the Department of Organizational Psychology, part of the School of Business, Economics and Informatics at Birkbeck.