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The WWK Research Group aligns its research activities with a focus on psychological wellbeing for individuals at work. This is a key organisational, societal, economic and government priority both within and beyond the UK. Members of the WWK team are mostly chartered and/or registered psychologists, often combining academic careers with professional practice.
WWK is regularly involved in applied organisational-based research, and is interested in developing collaborative relationships with industry, organisations, students and other academics.
WWK is primarily interested in investigating antecedents to wellbeing in the areas of leadership, the application of new communication technology, work-life balance, counselling/therapeutic interventions, and positive and applied social psychology. Our research is focused on building theory within these domains, but with a firm practitioner thread that allows contributions towards policy initiatives and recommendations to individuals, organisations and society on how to improve occupational health and wellbeing at work.
WWK members also coordinate the Diversity and Inclusion Research Unit (DIRU), which focuses on various facets of diversity (such as demographic diversity in terms of gender, ethnic background, and age as well as psychological diversity as reflected in personal values, attitudes, and self-perceptions). Furthermore, the researchers look at a range of potential issues related to diversity in organisations, including career development and wellbeing.
Members of the group are involved in the Occupational and Business Psychology MSc and Leadership and Management in Healthcare MSc teaching teams, and often integrate student research with our own activities - applying academic rigour, professional practice and knowledge development under a wellbeing at work agenda.
Find out more about the team, our research and publications on our staff profile pages:
We welcome active collaborations to undertake organisational-based research. Please contact Christina Butler (or any of the WWK members directly) if you are: