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Conference: Tackling Precarious Employment for a Better Future 

19 June 2024

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Suggestions for keynotes, special sessions or streams are welcome until 30th June 2024 for an interdisciplinary conference next year in Sweden.


Academics, policymakers and stakeholders will discuss at the event in 2025 how research can help inform policy to ensure a sustainable future of work.


Hosted by Karolinska Institutet and the PWR consortium you can expect a stimulating exchange of ideas, the latest research finding and networking opportunities.

7-9 May 2025 Stockholm, Sweden

Youth work topic expanded

17 June 2024

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Young people experience the world of work differently. Here we explore how with our latest EAWOPii strand leads – Dr Giulia Parola from the Munich Business School​, Sonia Nawrocka from the European Trade Union Institute and Panos Kalavros from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

POW 2 POW resources launched

29 May 2024


In May 2024, the EAWOP impact incubator brought together key academics in the field of psychological science to discuss the impact and consequences of precarious work.

The talks can be viewed on our YouTube channel and the accompanying five leaflets can be downloaded from the website.

Understanding Precarious Work:
A webinar launching resources for organisations and decisionmakers

29 April 2024

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Five short talks from key academics showing how psychological science is expanding knowledge of the impact and consequences of precarious work on workers, organisations and societies.


This webinar is part of EAWOPii’s new campaign “POW to Precarious Organisational Work” to launch our new resources on the topic of precarious work.

It takes place on Thursday 23 May 2024.

Toxicity in Organizations: Call for Abstracts

10 April 2024

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Discussion of workplace challenges identifies workplace toxicity as the leading cause of the so-called “great resignation” and 59% of dissatisfied employees attribute their dissatisfaction to workplace toxicity.


These trends are mirrored in our field where evidence suggests that concepts that fall under the umbrella of “toxicity” impact organizational outcomes.


Despite popular attention, scholarship on toxicity faces new fundamental challenges that need to be addressed.

We call for highly rigorous papers that explore these issues. Guest editors include EAWOPii's Prof Ros Searle.

Article aiming to make the world a better place

31 January 2024

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​As part of a Special Issue in Group & Organisation Management, an article by EAWOPii colleagues describes how scholars engaged to aid the psychological contract field to be better aligned with the needs of practice.


The aim was to impact the creation and maintenance of high-quality and sustainable exchange processes at work.

Call for papers

20 December 2023


Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Social Impact Research in the Journal of Applied Psychology to encourage empirical (quantitative or qualitative) research on work- and employment-related issues with great social impact, well beyond the organizations in which employees work.

Welcome Prof Janine to EAWOPii

19 December 2023

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EAWOPii is delighted to announce that in response to our autumn recruitment round we are adding new folk to our topic leads and groups.


Prof Janine Bosak will be leading our Women and ethnic minority individuals topic strand. Janine is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Dublin City University (DCU) Business School in Ireland. She will also enhance our links to the EAWOP executive as she has only recently stepped down as a committee member. She currently serves as representative-at-large of the Academy of Management (AOM) Careers Division. Her research, teaching, and consulting on gender and leadership will really boost this area for EAWOPii.

Keynotes from September’s SGM now on our YouTube channel

17 November 2023

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Videos of the keynote speakers at September’s Small Group Meeting are now on our YouTube channel. The SGM on Precarious Employment and Work brought together academics and policy-makers at University of Glasgow.


Prof David L Blustein, from Boston College, gave a presentation on the “Psychology of Precarity: Theorizing the Psychosocial Costs of Precarious Work and Life”. 


Prof Eva Selenko, from University of Loughborough, gave a keynote about introducing the identity process model of precarious work. 


And University of Houston’s Prof Blake A Allan gave a thought-provoking keynote on “The spirit of our time: A meta-modern challenge for precarious work scholars”.

Small Group Meeting “great success” with initiatives planned for 2024

2 November 2023

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The EAWOP Small Group Meeting held in September at University of Glasgow brought together academics, policymakers and practitioners and was deemed a great success.

Organisers were overwhelmed by the positive feedback. You can now read about some of the great initiatives happening in 2024 which have come about following the meeting. 

Call for papers

19 October 2023

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A special issue of EJWOP provides an opportunity to showcase psychological research on precarious employment and work.

Join our team

22 September 2023


We are looking for two new members to join our EAWOPii team, acting as strand leaders for the impact incubator; one focusing on women and minority groups and the other focusing on young people and careers. Both of these roles are central to what we are doing in the EAWOP impact incubator, as they concern groups where additional attention is required to be able access and retention in the workplace. 


Email us your CV with a covering letter outlining the skills and contributions you could bring to the role. Include your experiences working with other groups with individuals from different countries and career stages to achieve a collective outcome. Outline briefly what deliverables you would want to produce during your time with us. 


We are particularly interested in developing our talent pipeline, so we welcome applications from people in the early stages of their career. 


Deadline for applications is 31 October 2023 — apply by emailing: 

Precarious Employment and Work SGM success

8 September 2023

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In September EAWOPii was part of the EAWOP SGM Precarious Employment and Work: Understanding the underlying psychological and social processes.


Thirty six delegates from across Europe and beyond met at at the University of Glasgow with contributions from USA and South Africa. The event included keynotes and a panel from on policy and practice.  


The event identified important research resources which can be drawn on by the EAWOP impact incubator’s Decent work area and builds on our remit to become an important knowledge exchange forum for researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders.

April‘s Human Security Psychology webinar now online

25 May 2023

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Added to our YouTube channel: the 90 minute webinar which marked the launch of a new animation and open access journal article showing how psychology can contribute to policy.

Also added is the five minute animation – in English and a version with Ukrainian subtitles.

Along with University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School and in partnership with EPIC in Massey NZ, EAWOPii commissioned the animation and hosted the webinar.

Webinar | Human Security Psychology

6 April 2023


An interactive webinar on 27 April marks the launch of a new animation and open access journal article that shows how psychology can contribute to policy.

It will include interactive sessions with leading scholars and activists, those with lived experiences and an international audience of interested stakeholders.

Find out more by registering today – it's free!

Call for papers "Precarious Employment and Work" 4-6 September

17 April 2023

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We are delighted to announce three well-known psychologists with expertise on precarious work as our keynote speakers in September. Prof Blake A Allan, Prof David L Blustein and Prof Eva Selenko join us at this EAWOP Small Group Meeting.


Furthermore, we will make two awards - one for the best Policy-focused Paper and one for the best Early Career Paper.

New deadline for abstracts submission

24 February 2023


New deadline for abstracts submission for our event in May: “Search for Sustainable Employment Relationship”.


Email by 31 March. Notification of acceptance will be provided by 15th April.


We encourage submissions relevant to  sustainable employment and psychological contracts.

Taking Care podcast with guest Prof Ros Searle

January 2023


“One of the most fundamental things is about trying to understand that a harmed person is a fragile person."

The first Taking care podcast episode of the year is with international guest Prof Rosalind Searle. 

Her research has examined trust in healthcare, specifically the matter of professional misconduct. She has examined in detail proven cases of sexual misconduct and abuse to reveal the moral mindsets that accompany these activities.

Speaking with host Susan Biggar, Prof Searle unpacks the areas where trust can be built – and eroded.

Journal deadline extended for special issue on how to prevent misbehaviour at work

27 December 2022

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The European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology has extended the deadline for its special issue on preventing Counterproductive Work Behaviour to 31 January. 


The special issue aims to advance knowledge about prevention processes and welcomes papers which make a substantial contribution to understanding how to prevent misbehaviour at work.

Use our SuperbMarket promotional poster

14 June 2022

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We've created a poster/flyer to help promote our serious educational game. It's an A4 size PDF and you can download it by following the link below.

SuperbMarket opens today! 

18 May 2022

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Our serious educational game draws on science concerning living wages and decent work.


It explores connections between job quality , employee identity, organisational commitment, fairness, and trust.

From decent wages to decent work

29 March 2022


We launched our serious game – SuperbMarket – at our webinar “From decent wages to decent work” and more than 130 people registered in advance to listen to Prof Sharon Parker — one of the world’s most eminent work organisational psychological researchers. 


During the webinar, hosted by the EAWOPii and the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology, Prof Parker demonstrated why separately and together her SMART framework could not only improve work from an employee perspective, but also improve the productivity and costs of employees. 

Silence is golden?

15 December 2021

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This latest webinar to be uploaded to our YouTube channel, this FoSS event launched our new short animation that outlines how and why employee silence can arise.


Four short science-based talks reveal the science behind why silence arises, how it can be detected and the negative impacts ameliorated. 

Making Chocolate Teapots: Striving for 'Good' Youth Work Policy Briefs Launch

10 December 2021

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This latest webinar to be uploaded to our YouTube channel, launched four policy briefs, based on participants’ research findings relevant for striving for good youth work.


They were presented by researchers and were followed by discussions with Prof Anneleen Forrier (KU Leuven) and Dr Anthony Mann (OECD). 

Read more about the briefing papers, get all relevant information, see relevant papers and watch the short video associated with each briefing.

Ros Searle interview -- listen to the podcast

8 December 2021


Living wages are a critical topic in making individuals and society more resilient. In this interview, Prof Rosalind Searle reflects on why they matter and the implications for Edinburgh City of becoming a living wage space, but also the consequences for other areas as poor quality jobs are pushed out.

She draws on her work with Dr. Ishbel McWha-Hermann to argue why we should be focusing on decent work rather than work per se if we are going to have a healthier, more productive and more sustainable society.  


Spotlight is a podcast from the University of Glasgow, which looks at public policy and the political process. 

Edinburgh and the Living Wage

16 November 2021

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Today, we publish this webinar held as part of a series of events during Living Wage Week. 


It launched Edinburgh City Council’s Living Wage City initiative and brought together Living Wage Scotland, the EAWOP impact incubator, Edinburgh City Council, the Adam Smith Business School of the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh Business School.


Meet the policy makers, employers and employees, trade unions and NGOs, working together — and informed by work psychological science — making the active evidence-based decisions to include living wages as part of the city’s strategy. It recognises this critical part of work and how it is structured and remunerated, not just for businesses, but for wider society. 


If you would like to find out more, please visit the Decent Work heading for free access to the science and policy briefs on this topic, or Living Wage Scotland which will be able to support you and your business to making this change.

The Living Wage: Showcasing the latest cutting edge research

23 September 2021


Our webinar on 18 November launches the European Journal of Work and Organisational Psychology’s special issue on living wages, and the EAWOP & ESRC Impact Accelerator Living Wage game.

Workers from marginalized and vulnerable groups have been struck hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our webinar links to an EAWOP’s special issue on living wages.

Silence is golden?

23 September 2021


“Silence is golden” they say, however, work & organisational psychological (WOP) science shows that it can also be dangerous for individuals, organisations and society when people do not feel able to express or actively withhold information and concerns. 


Our webinar on 30 November explores why silence in organisations can be far from a good thing, why it occurs, how to detect and remedy its unintended consequences.

EAWOP Living Wage animation now in Polish, Thai, German, Filipino 

13 September 2021

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Today we’ve uploaded onto our YouTube channel Polish, Thai, German, Filipino versions of our Living Wage animation.


It not only distills why living wages matter to individuals, their families, their employers and wider society, but it now distills it into other languages.


We’ve even added subtitles!

Reference list added for "Why do good people do bad things?" 

9 June 2021


The science behind the EAWOPii "Why do good people do bad things?" threats & securities animation.

New publication added on Young People’s Work, Employment and Careers

8 June 2021

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A special issue of the EAWOP Practitioner's E-Journal on Young People's Work, Employment and Careers.

This Special Issue features a mix of full-length empirical papers and stakeholder interviews focusing on key themes related to youth employment, a global social and economic challenge. 

EAWOP Living Wage animation now in Romanian, Portuguese and Mandarin

1 June 2021

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Today we’ve uploaded onto our YouTube channel, Romanian, Portuguese and Mandarin versions of our Living Wage animation.


It not only distills why living wages matter to individuals, their families, their employers and wider society, but it now distills it into other languages.


We’ve even added subtitles!

EAWOP Living Wage animation now in Spanish and French

21 May 2021

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Today we’ve uploaded onto our YouTube channel, Spanish and French versions of our Living Wage animation.


It not only distills why living wages matter to individuals, their families, their employers and wider society, but it now distills it into French and Spanish.


We’ve even added subtitles!

Living Wage Animation launch event “great success” 

18 May 2021

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EAWOPii's first event on 11 May attracted an enthusiastic reception, with 45 attendees from 13 countries enjoying the first presentation of our eagerly anticipated Living Wage animation. 

EAWOP launch their first animation

11 May 2021

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EAWOP launch their first animation, translating science about living wages and their impact on people & employers.

Report: Learning From COVID-19

April 2021


A Professional Standards Authority case-study review of the initial crisis response of 10 UK health and social care professional regulators in 2020.

Report: SARS-CoV-2: testing & workplace

16 February 2021


The UK Health and Safety Executive Workplace Health Expert Committee (WHEC) was asked to consider the role of SARS-CoV-2 testing as part of a risk mitigation strategy in a workplace setting. The main types of detection assay are described and the differences between evidence of “infection” and “infectivity” are highlighted. The issues of sensitivity, specifcity and predictive values of tests are discussed together with the impact on those measures of sampling quality and levels of community transmission. The delay between sampling and receiving results is a signifcant practical issue in the workplace and, in general, there is a trade-off between speed and accuracy.

Living wages and COVID-19

11 November 2020


Work should lift people out of poverty - but, increasingly, those in low-paid jobs are suffering as much as the unemployed. The Living Wage offers a solution. It is a wage sufficient to live a decent standard of life, independent of welfare and other public subsidies. While some have previously argued that living wages distort labour markets and increase organisational costs, our review offers an alternative perspective.

How EAWOPii started

November 2020


In 2019 at the bi-annual EAWOP conference in Turin, the EAWOP General Meeting decided to develop a unit with the goal of informing and underpinning European policy development regarding people, work and organization based on the science and practice of Work and Organizational psychology.

The EAWOP impact incubator started in November 2020, with the appointment of its inaugural Director, Prof Rosalind Searle. She is responsible for developing this new strategic and policy focused area for EAWOP.

Report: Evaluating interventions in work-related ill health and disease

November 2020


Evaluation of interventions in the workplace, intended to reduce the risk of ill health caused by hazards, both physical and psychological, is needed if what works is to be distinguished from what does not and undesirable, yet unforeseen, consequences are to be recognised.


This paper discusses different types of interventions and the methods whereby their effectiveness may be tested.


There is a focus on the difficulties of evaluating interventions that comprise several dimensions and on those that may be highly context-specific and of limited generalisability. 

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