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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

EAWOPii key strand lead

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 Roberta Fida

University of East Anglia

Norwich Business School

EAWOPii key strand lead


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.

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Dr Sarah Brooks

Sheffield University Management School

EAWOPii strand lead:


Sarah Brooks is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Sheffield University Management School.


Sarah’s research area, voice and silence, helps to explain why employees often find it difficult to speak up about problems, leaving them feeling frustrated, lacking control in certain situations and feeling angry and disempowered in their roles.


Prior to joining academia in 2012, Sarah was a management consultant and an operations manager and has 17 years industry experience.


Sarah is also an EMCC and ICF accredited coach where she partners with individuals to help them find their voice.


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.

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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.


Dr 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

EAWOPii key strand lead


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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Katja Wehrle



EAWOPii strand lead:

Refugees and migrants


Dr Katja Wehrle is an Assistant Professor at the department of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. Her research focuses on the intersection of the fields of migration, careers, and identity and covers topics on identity-related adaptation processes and career-related self-management in challenging and/or involuntary career transitions. She places a special focus on refugees' vocational behavior and careers and studies the healing and growth-fostering potential of work among disadvantaged labor market groups. 


Katja is a research member at the Deakin University's Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE) in Australia and an active member of the Global Committee of the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Vocational Behavior and she is a contributing author to the Academy of Management Careers Division's Best Symposium Award 2017 for the symposium "Refugees in Europe: Careers and Labor Market Integration". She serves as a guest editor for the Journal of International Management's Special Issue "Effective strategies for humanitarian migrants' employment, inclusion and integration" and as an editorial board member of the Journal of Vocational Behavior and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. Katja has several years of experiences working in the care of unaccompanied refugee minors and in the areas of the education and employment of migrants.


Katja is leading the refugee and migrant strand of the EAWOP Impact Incubator.


Dr Lisa Seubert

University of Innsbruck

Lisa Seubert is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Psychology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her research centers on the relationships of work and employment with health, well-being and general quality of life. She is especially interested in humanistic and critical perspectives on precarious employment with a particular focus on marginalized groups. 


Lisa also has practical experience as a certified Work and Organisational Psychologist. She has worked with companies in a variety of industries assessing psychosocial risks in the workplace and helping to design workplaces that prevent health risks and promote personal development.


She is a member of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology (GOHWP), the Global Living Organisational Wage Project (Project GLOW), the Humanistic Management Network (Austrian Chapter), the Future of Work and Organizational Psychology movement (FoWOP), and Innsbruck Group on Critical Research in Work and Organizational Psychology (I-CROP).


Lisa published her research in international journals, such as Journal of Applied Psychology: An international review, Journal of Industrial Relations, and European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.


Dr Johannes M. Kraak

Kedge Business School

Johannes M. Kraak is Associate Professor in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior and is the director of the Centre of Excellence for Sustainability at Kedge Business School.


He holds a PhD in Human Resources Management from the University of Toulouse 1 (Toulouse School of Management).


He has held positions as a visiting professor at Calgary University (Canada), North-West University (South-Africa), Macquarie University (Australia), and Radboud University (The Netherlands).


Johannes is Associate Editor at Group & Organization Management. His research focuses primarily on the exchanges between employers and employees in the wider context of the employment relationship but he also conducts crossover studies in International Human Resource Management, International Management, Service Marketing and CSR/sustainability issues.


His previous projects have included expatriates, military personnel, older workers and service employees.


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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Dr 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

EAWOPii key strand lead


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.


Dr Michael Knolls

Universität Leipzig, Wilhelm Wundt Institute for Psychology

EAWOPii strand lead:



Michael Knoll is researcher and lecturer at Wilhelm Wundt Institute for Psychology at University of Leipzig. Previously, he held positions at universities in Chemnitz, Halle-Wittenberg and Durham University Business School. His research focuses on voice and silence in organizations, contemporary developments and challenges in the organization of work, authenticity, and organizational and leadership development.

Michael tries to improve people’s workplace experience through good teaching of future generation leaders (i.e., students), leadership development programs in organizations, organizational development projects, and media outreach. He led an international project (33 countries) on silence in organizations and is currently developing applied research on silence and voice in specific contexts (e.g., professions, industries).

Michael was among the organizing teams of the EAWOP Small Group Meetings on “Antecedents and Scope of Negative Followership” (2014 at Durham University) and on “Voice and Wellbeing in the Caring Professions – Linking Research and Application” (2021/22, online). He contributed talks to EAWOPii webinars “Bad apples, stressed apples or learning apples? Translating work psychological science on how employee-based threats arise.” and “Silence is golden?” at the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2021. He also helped to develop the animation “Silence is golden?” that is available on our YouTube channel.


Dr Christian Seubert

University of Innsbruck

Christian Seubert is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. His current research focuses on precarious vs. decent work as well as health-promoting job design. He is co-founder of the “Humane Arbeit GmbH” (, an organisation dedicated to harnessing evidence on human-oriented employment and working conditions to improve management practices in organisations. 


He is a Certified Work and Organizational Psychologist and member of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology (GOHWP), the Global Living Organisational Wage Project (Project GLOW), the Austrian Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network (HMN), the Future of Work and Organizational Psychology movement (FoWOP), and the Innsbruck Group on Critical Research in Work and Organizational Psychology (I-CROP).


His work has been published in international journals, such as European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Journal of Applied Psychology: An international review, and Journal of Industrial Relations.

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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.

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