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Our research

A commitment to pursuing innovative and effective research is at the heart of our activities in the School, informing both the postgraduate programmes of study that we offer and our interactions with business, public and third sector organizations.


  • Our staff are experts in a range of research areas across the Organizational Psychology/Behaviour, Organizational Study, Human Resource Management and Business Psychology disciplines. We have contributed to theory development particularly in the areas of:
    • Age and disability in relation to work
    • Assessment and selection
    • Careers, coaching and identity
    • Human resource and reward management
    • Organisational change
    • The impact of technology on work
    • Well-being, bullying and work-life balance
  • The department's staff are also recognised experts in organisational research methods.

Research projects

  • Our staff are engaged in a variety of research projects, supported by funding from a range of public and private sources, including:
    • BAE systems
    • British Academy
    • CIPD
    • ESRC
    • Home Office
    • King’s Fund
    • Leverhulme Trust
    • NHS
    • Richard Benjamin Trust


  • We also publish extensively in both academic and practitioner outlets. Research collaborators from outside the academic community receive advice and interventions from our staff, drawing on the latest thinking in the relevant fields of study to provide accessible summaries and recommendations.

Talks and presentations

  • Our staff are very active talking about and debating their research at conferences around the world. Highlights from conference attendances in 2017 include presentations at:
    • The Society of I/O Psychology (Chicago, April)
    • The biannual meeting of the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (Dublin, May)
    • The British Psychological Society Annual Conference and Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference
    • European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS) Colloquium, Copenhagen
    • The US Academy of Management conference (Atlanta)
    • Ethnicity at Work: The Value of Psychology

Full Programme of Seminars

  • The department runs a full programme of regular seminars which feature prominent academic speakers; recent seminar speakers included Professor Jonathan Smith, Professor Brett Smith and of course our hugely successful qualitative methods in action day. We also host our annual summer seminar which is open to all alumni and the prestigious Alec Roger Memorial lecture which profiles the most eminent scholars and practitioners in our field.

MPhil/PhD students

  • MPhil/PhD students can expect to receive a programme of study and research supervision from individuals who are actively pursuing research in the subjects offered.
We offer a world-class research environment

We offer a world-class research environment

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