Who are we?

Meet the team

The EAWOP Impact Incubator started in November 2020 with the appointment of its inaugural Director, Prof Rosalind Searle. Organised to deliver a rapid response to topics and issues arising as a result of SARS-Covid19, EAWOPii taps into the expertise of state-of-the-art researchers with expertise in these important areas, led by those who are part of, or have organised, relevant EAWOP small group meetings (SGM). 

Scroll down to read more about each of our growing number of EAWOPii participants:

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Prof Rosalind Searle

EAWOPii Director

University of Glasgow

Adam Smith Business School

Rosalind Searle is a Professor of Human Resource Management and Organisational Psychology at the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow.


She became inaugural director of the EAWOP Impact Incubator (EAWOPii) in November 2020.


She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and an academic fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development.


Her research examines organisational trust and HRM, trust and controls, change and counterproductive work behaviours. It appears in leading international journals (e.g. Human Resource Management, Journal of Organisational Behavior, and Long Range Planning).

She has extensive experience of working with professional bodies, trade unions, government departments, employing organisations and regulators, to increase awareness and apply the science of work and organisational psychology to complex real situations.

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Dr Belgin Okay-Somerville

University of Glasgow

Adam Smith Business School

Belgin Okay-Somerville is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Belgin's research focuses on young people's labour market entry (i.e., school-to-work transitions, employability and job search) and experience of work (e.g. underemployment, skill utilisation, work-related wellbeing and career development).

She was one of the organisers of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and EAWOP Small Group Meeting on Young People’s Work, Employment and Careers and the ESRC Festival of Social Science Digital Exhibition displaying Images of Youth Employment.


She is a guest editor on EAWOP In Practice Special Issue on Youth Employment.  Belgin is leading the youth employment strand of the EAWOP Impact Incubator.

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Prof Ruth Sealy

University of Exeter

Business School

Ruth Sealy is an Associate Professor at University of Exeter Business School. An organizational psychologist coming late into academia, her motivation was the desire to make a difference with engaged research, particularly at a policy level with government and organisations.


She is best known for UK government-backed research reports on women on boards, having worked with two government departments (GEO & BEIS), Chairs and CEOs of FTSE-listed PLCs, and most prominently, Lord Davies and his government-backed Women on Boards Review. She has also represented the UK’s non-quota approach to women on boards to the European Commission. She has worked on regulatory and policy impact, contributing to regulatory change within the Financial Reporting Council’s 2012 and 2018 updates of the UK Corporate Code of Governance (that regulates all 1400+ companies listed on the London Stock Exchange), focusing on board evaluation and diversity.

In addition, since 2016, she has worked with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS- the largest employer in the EU) on board leadership policy and practice. Her research with all 400+ NHS boards, representing over 1.4 million employees, has helped drive national policy and individual organisational change. This includes changes to hiring practices and board composition, leading to an increased gender balance on NHS Trust boards, better talent management, greater legitimacy with service-users and better quality decision-making.


Ruth is leading the gender and diversity strand of the EAWOP Impact Incubator.


Prof Johanne Grosvold

University of Bath

School of Management

Dr Johanne Grosvold is an associate professor in corporate governance and CSR at the University of Bath School of Management.


She is the deputy Director for the Centre for Business Organisations and Society (CBOS), one of the largest and most influential research centres in the field.


Her PhD which explored corporate board gender diversity across more than 50 countries won awards and contributed the laying the foundations of cross-national comparative research of corporate board gender diversity. She has worked and published in the field for over a decade.


She is an associate editor of Business and Society, and is on the editorial board of Corporate Governance an International Review.


Before becoming an academic she worked in the private sector for a number of FTSE 100 firms.


Johanne is Norwegian.


Prof Jo Silvester

Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics

Jo Silvester is a Professor of Work Psychology at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. Her research examines leadership emergence and effectiveness in complex work environments, with a particular focus on politicians and political work.


Jo’s research has resulted in two Impact Case Studies for the UK Research Excellence Framework (2014, 2021), which detail her work with political parties and local and national legislatures applying work psychology research and practice to political work. This includes designing leadership development for politicians, fair procedures for assessing prospective parliamentary candidates, and culture change workshops for the House of Commons.


Her work has been published in leading international publications including The Leadership Quarterly, APIR and Harvard Business Review. Jo is a member of the BSS International Advisory Board, Aarhus University. 

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Dr Roberta Fida

University of East Anglia

Norwich Business School

Roberta Fida is Associate Professor in Work Psychology at the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. Before joining UEA she was Assistant Professor at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). She has for many years conducted research understanding the role of stress in relation to (un)ethical conduct in the workplace, and she is known for her continuous research involvement in this field.


She has published in international journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences. Her work has been featured in several international media outlets (e.g., Daily Times Online, Business Standard, Nursing Standard).  She has worked with several Italian institutions, for instance Guardia di Finanza (Italy), Carabinieri and Polizia di Stato (Italy), The Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers and Tor Vergata University Hospital.  


Since 2016 Roberta is part of international large projects funded by the Italian National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work (INAIL) for understanding the challenges of stress at work and how to create a more sustainable and inclusive work environment.


Prof Dora Scholarios

University of Strathclyde

Business School

Dora Scholarios is Professor of Work Psychology at University of Strathclyde Business School in Glasgow, Scotland.


She has a PhD in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from The George Washington University, Washington, DC.


Her research and teaching interests include HRM practice, employee health and wellbeing, recruitment and selection, and youth transitions into employment.


She is a past Co Editor-in-Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal. Dora was one of the organising team of the EAWOP Small Group Meeting on Young People's Work, Employment and Careers.

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Prof Deirdre Anderson

Cranfield University

Deirdre is Associate Professor in Organizational Psychology at Cranfield University and Director of the Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Research Centre.  She is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and an Academic Fellow of the CIPD.  


Her current research explores individual experiences of enforced remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Other research interests are inclusion and diversity, work-life balance and gendered working practices, flexible and precarious working, and work and family in different cultures.  


Deirdre frequently presents her research at academic and practitioner conferences within the UK and internationally, and she has twice been an invited speaker at the United Nations in New York.


She publishes in journals of recognized international excellence including British Journal of Management, and Human Relations.  She has written several book chapters on flexible working and work-life balance, women's career choices and women-only leadership development.  


Prior to academia, Deirdre worked for 20 years as a Business Psychology Consultant in the private sector. 

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Dr Ishbel McWha-Hermann

University of Edinburgh

Business School

Dr Ishbel McWha-Hermann is a faculty member at the University of Edinburgh Business School. She has developed a career of research, teaching and outreach based on applying the tools and theories of work and organizational psychology to social justice at work.


Working internationally, she has advocated for the role of work and organizational psychology in addressing global grand challenges, such as poverty reduction, through contributing to the United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Ishbel was inaugural Chair of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology. She currently serves as a SIOP representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), as well as the British Psychological Society’s Expert Reference Group on “poverty to flourishing.”  

Her two main research foci are the study of fair reward in the international aid and development sector, and examination of the working conditions of marginalized and vulnerable workers. Ishbel is leading the decent work strand of the EAWOP Impact Incubator.

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Dr Carlo Tramontano

Coventry University

University Research Centre for Global Learning

Carlo Tramontano is an Assistant Professor at the University Research Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University. He also refers to himself as Doodling Researcher.


His academic interests are mainly focussed on deviant behaviour in educational and organisational settings. But while reading, writing, bouncing ideas with colleagues, or just having a break, he found himself translating words into sketches and doodles. Some of his work has been featured at EAWOP/ESRC Small Group Meeting on Young People's Work, Employment and Careers and in Erica Bowen’s book The Solution Planner: How to create the life you desire one solution at a time.


Prof Stuart C Carr

Massey University

New Zealand

Stuart Carr is Professor of Psychology, Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology Program, Massey University, New Zealand.


Stuart co-facilitates the End Poverty and Inequality Cluster (EPIC), which includes a focus on transitions from precarious labor to decent work and living wages.


Intersecting with EPIC is Project G.L.O.W. (for Global Living Organizational Wage), a multi-country, multi-generational, interdisciplinary study of the links between decent wages (in purchasing power parity), and sustainable livelihoods for the eradication of poverty – the primary UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG1). 

Stuart is one of the leads for EAWOP’s Living Wage Small Group Meeting (2019).  

Stuart’s professional focus is Humanitarian Work Psychology, which has included a Global Task Force for Humanitarian Work Psychology, promoting Decent Work aligned with local stakeholder needs, in partnership with global development agencies.


He was a lead investigator on Project ADDUP, a multi-country DFID/ESRC-funded study of pay and remuneration diversity between national and international labor in developing economies.


Stuart is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ), the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPS).


He is the coordinating Principal Investigator for a RSNZ Marsden Grant awarded to the New Zealand hubs in GLOW (2018).


He is a previous Editor of the Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, and presently Edits International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation, which supports the SDGs.