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Biography

 

Kevin Daniels is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and led the Work, Learning and Wellbeing evidence programme for the Economic and Social Research Council funded What Works Wellbeing Centre, and a project on workplace wellbeing and productivity, also funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

 

 
I joined Norwich Business School in 2012 as Professor of Organizational Behaviour. I was a founding member and first head of the Employment Systems and Institutions group. Prior to joining UEA, I was Professor of Organizational Psychology at Loughborough University (2003-2012), where I also served as Director of Research for Loughborough’s Business School (2004-2009). I am a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Chartered Psychologist and a Full Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

 

 
I have a particular interest in developing policies, guidance and practices to promote wellbeing and safety in the workplace.

 

 
I have published in journals such as Human Relations, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behaviour and Journal of Vocational Behavior. My research has been funded by grants from sources such as the Economic and Social Research Council, British Academy, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Health and Safety Executive and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.

 

 
I have served as Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (2015-2019), and I am currently an associate editor of both the British Journal of Management (from 2014). I am also series co-editor for Springer's handbook series in occupational health sciences. I also currently serve on the editorial boards of Human Relations and Journal of Management. I previously served terms as associate editors at both Human Relations and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

I led the What Works Centre for Wellbeing' evidence programme on work, learning and wellbeing (http://whatworkswellbeing.org/evidence-program/work-learning-and-wellbeing). The What Works Centre for Wellbeing evidence programmes are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The Centre involves collaboration between twelve universities, five civil society groups, and reaches internationally through the OECD.

 

I am currently leading another Economic and Social Research Council funded project on workplace wellbeing practices and productivity, as part of a wider programme of ESRC funded projects concerned with management  practices, employee engagement and productivity. This project is a collaboration between UEA and RAND Europe. I am co-lead on an Innovate UK funded project concerned with evaluating a range of practices focused on improving wellbeing in the police.

 

Previous projects have been funded by sources such as the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the Health and Safety Executive, British Academy and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health. These projects have been concerned with working practices and safety in engineering decision making in the oil and gas and medical device sectors; the health and safety of remote workers; cognitive factors involved in the relationship between job characteristics and workplace wellbeing in a range of sectors; job crafting; and factors involved in rapid return to work/stay at work for people with muscular-skeletal or common mental health conditions. 

Post-graduate supervision

I am interested in PhD applicants who wish to research the impact of organizational changes aimed at improving work and organisational processes that enhance workplace wellbeing. I am especially interested in applications wishing to take a socio-technical systems approach and/or applications centred on the ability of job design to enable effective self-regulation at work. I particularly value innovation in research methods and longitudinal data collection is essential to any successful application. Although my own research is primarily quantitative, I have supervised purely qualitative PhDs to completion (all using longitudinal data collection). 

External Activities

I have served as Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (2015-2019), and I am currently an associate editor of both the British Journal of Management (from 2014). I am also series co-editor for Springer's handbook series in occupational health sciences. I also currently serve on the editorial boards of Human Relations, Journal of Management and International Journal of Workplace Healkth Management. I previously served terms as associate editors at both Human Relations and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

I also serve on the British Standards Institute Health and Safety Committee (HS/2) and am a member of the Economic and Social Research Council funded Renewing Work Advisory Group of Experts (Re-WAGE).

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Teaching Interests

I currently teach on the MSc in Work and Organizational Psychology

 

PGR Opportunities

I am interested in PhD applicants who wish to research the impact of organizational changes aimed at improving work and organisational processes that enhance workplace wellbeing. I am especially interested in applications wishing to take a socio-technical systems approach and/or applications centred on the ability of job design to enable effective self-regulation at work. I particularly value innovation in research methods and longitudinal data collection is essential to any successful application. Although my own research is primarily quantitative, I have supervised purely qualitative PhDs to completion (all using longitudinal data collection). 

Professional Activities

Current and recent work with organizations.

Our Economic and Social Research Council funded work is focused on enabling key decision makers - such as employers and policy makers - to use evidence of wellbeing impact in decision making and to improve people’s lives, by translating academic evaluation of wellbeing measures into easy-to-use information about effectiveness, cost and applicability of different courses of action.

Helen Fitzhugh, Sara Connolly and I worked with the College of Policing on evaluating a range of initiatives targetted at improving wellbeing in the police.  We are currently working with Norwich City Council to find ways of improving job quality in smaller employers. More generally, members of our research team work closely with organisations in a range of sectors.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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