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Stavroula Leka

Professor of Work, Health & Policy, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Stavroula Leka is Professor of Work, Health & Policy and Director of the Centre for Organizational Health & Development - a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health. Stavroula is Chair of the School of Medicine Work, Health & Wellbeing Committee and the Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences Work, Health & Wellbeing Executive Group. She is member of the School of Medicine Strategic Staffing Committee. She is also a member of the Executive, and Lead for Impact in the Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology. She is Chartered Psychologist, member of the International Commission on Occupational Health, and the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. She studied Psychology at the American College of Greece, followed by postgraduate studies in Occupational Health Psychology at the University of Nottingham.

Stavroula is member of the Executive Committee of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP). She is also Chair of the scientific committee 'Work Organization & Psychosocial Factors' of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH). Her main research interests are the translation of occupational health and safety policy and knowledge into practice, psychosocial risk management and the promotion of mental health in the workplace.

She has been invited as a keynote speaker to a number of international conferences and is expert advisor to the European Commission, the WHO, the ILO, the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work and the European Parliament. She has also been awarded an early career achievement award by the American Psychological Association for outstanding contribution in occupational health psychology and the study of work-related stress.

Expertise Summary

  • Translation of occupational health and safety knowledge and policy into practice
  • Psychosocial risk management
  • Work-related stress
  • Mental health and well-being in the workplace
  • Occupational health and safety regulation
  • Business and societal sustainability
  • Corporate social responsibility and occupational health and safety

Teaching Summary

Professor Leka teaches on the following modules:

  • Organisations, Stress and Health
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Research Project
  • Occupational Health Psychology - She is also one of the editors for the textbook of the same name

Read more about the Occupational Health Psychology textbook at Blackwells bookshop

Research Summary

Professor Leka's expertise lies in the translation of occupational health and safety knowledge and policy into effective practice. More specifically, Professor Leka's research focuses on the… read more

Recent Publications

  • JAIN, A., LEKA, S. and ZWETSLOOT, G., 2017. Managing Health, Safety and Well-being: Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability Springer. (In Press.)
  • LEKA, S., JAIN, A. and LEROUGE, L., 2017. Work-related psychosocial risks: Key definitions and an overview of the policy context in Europe.. In: LEROUGE, L., ed., Psychosocial Risks in Labour and Social Security Law Springer.
  • JAIN, A., DEDIU, V., ZWETSLOOT, G. and LEKA, S., 2017. Workplace innovation and wellbeing at work: A future research agenda.. In: OEIJ, P., RUS, D. and POT, F., eds., Workplace Innovation: Theory, research and practice. Springer.
  • ZWETSLOOT, G., LEKA, S. and KINES, P., 2017. Vision Zero: From accident prevention to the promotion of health safety and wellbeing at work Policy and Practice in Health and Safety. 15(1), 1-13
  • University of South Australia, Visiting Distinguished Researcher Award, 2016, £20,000 (Leka, S.)
  • Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation, Work-related stress and musculoskeletal disorders in Cypriot firefighters, 2014-2015, €119,834 (Spanoudis, G., Leka, S., & Kales, S.)
  • IOSH, Social attitudes towards occupational health and safety, 2013-2015, £20,000 (Leka, S. & Jain, A.)
  • European Commission, Competitiveness & Innovation Framework Programme, Developing a multi-stakeholder corporate social responsibility platform, 2013-2015, €199,756 (Chiucconi, B., Jain, A., Leka, S., Demircan, E., Crets, S., & Marconato, A.)
  • European Commission, Review and evaluation of the policy context in relation to mental health in the European Union, 2013-2014, €336,326 (Van de Broeck, V., Wynne, R., Leka, S., Jain, A., Houtman, I., & McDaid, D.)
  • Integrating Global Society Initiative, University of Nottingham, Integrating psychosocial risks in strategic risk management for business and policy development, 2012, £8,000 (Leka, S., Cox, T., Diacon, S., Fenn, P., Jain, A., Cope, S., Stafford, B., Tsang, S. & Wu, B.)
  • IOSH, The changing landscape of occupational health and safety regulation in the UK: Achieving the right balance in policy and practice, 2011-2013, £196,066 (Leka, S. & Jain, A.)
  • SESI (Brazilian social security association), Adapting the European framework for psychosocial risk management in the Brazilian context, 2011-2012, £40,437 (Leka, S. & Jain, A.)
  • European Commission, Grundtvig Programme, Improving educators' resilience to stress, 2010-2012, €340,000 (Brandao, S., Krejci, M., Leka, S., Poulas, K., Pilate, S., Polzin, M., & Pregl, O.)
  • European Agency for Safety & Health at Work, European Enterprise Survey on New and Emerging Risks: Secondary analysis, 2010-2011, €79,000 (Leka, S.)
  • European Commission, Leonardo Da Vinci Agency, Psychosocial risk management - education and training, 2009-2011, €330,000 (Leka, S., Ertel, M., Iavicoli, S., Houtman, I., Pahkin, K., & Vartia, M.)
  • British Council - DelPHE (Developing Partnerships in Higher Education), Corporate social responsibility and occupational safety and health: A potent contrivance to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, 2009-2012, £70,000 (Puplampu, B., Jain, A., Leka, S., & Kamuzora, P.)
  • European Agency for Safety & Health at Work, European Enterprise Survey on Psychosocial New and Emerging Risks, 2007-2009, €99,000 (Leka, S., Griffiths, A. & Cox, T.)
  • European Commission Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency, Promotion of active European citizenship, 2007-2008, €55,000 (Sophia Spiliotopoulou & Leka, S.)
  • European Commission FP6, Psychosocial risk management: European framework (PRIMA-EF), 2006-2009, €750,000 (Leka, S., & Cox, T.)
  • Institution of Occupational Safety & Health, Exploration of training needs among safety and health professionals, 2006-2007, £8,398 (Leka, S., Khan, S. & Griffiths, A.)
  • SALTSA, Towards the development of a psychosocial risk management toolkit (PRIMAT), 2005-2006, £41,500 (Leka, S. & Cox, T.)
  • New Lecturers Fund, University of Nottingham, Exploring the integration of occupational safety and health with corporate social responsibility in small and medium-sized enterprises, 2005-2006, £8,640 (Leka, S.)
  • Learning & Teaching Development Fund, University of Nottingham, Evaluation of e-learning to support education in occupational health psychology: a case study, 2004-2006, £34,420 (Leka, S. & Cox, T.)
  • European Commission, Leonardo Da Vinci Programme, Stress Prevention at Work, 2004-2006, €335,000 (Sophia Spiliotopoulou & Leka, S.)
  • European Commission, Leonardo Da Vinci Programme, Career development of older workers through e-learning support, 2004-2007, €365,000 (Zucconi, A. & Leka, S.)
  • European Social Fund, Managing chronic hidden health conditions at work: Facilitating effective coping for employees and organizations, 2004-2005, £60,896 (Munir, F., Griffiths, A., Leka, S., Cox, SJC. & Haslam, C).

Current Research

Professor Leka's expertise lies in the translation of occupational health and safety knowledge and policy into effective practice. More specifically, Professor Leka's research focuses on the evaluation of occupational health and safety regulation and policy and its associated infrastructures and supporting systems at different levels (such as international, European, national and organisational). Her research has a strong applied focus and aims at facilitating effective occupational health and safety management in different organisational contexts, with a particular emphasis on small and medium-sized enterprises. Key themes in her research are work organisation and the management of the psychological and social (psychosocial) work environment for business and societal sustainability; the management of psychosocial risks and work-related stress; and the promotion of mental health and well-being in the workplace. As part of her interest in policy implementation she has been conducting research on the promotion of occupational health and safety through a corporate social responsibility framework. She is author of the first textbook in occupational health psychology and technical author of the first standard on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace. She is also author of several other books in the area of psychosocial risk management and the editor of two book series.

One of the main research programmes Professor Leka has been managing is the PRIMA-EF programme that focuses on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace.

You can find more details at: www.prima-ef.org

PhD supervision

Current students

Charissa Tan: Evaluation of performance management systems of permanent and contract workforces

Shweta Anand: Positive psychological capital and role of perceived organizational support in determining mental health/psychological wellbeing among bank employees in the UK and India

Danai Serfioti: The benefits of competitive motorsport on injured armed forces veterans and troops

Jiaoyang Wu: The possible moderating effect of overtime control and rewards for overtime, on the relationship between overtime and psychological health in the context of China

Vlad Dediu: Investigating the relationship between determinants of employee wellbeing, innovation and organisational performance: A policy and practice perspective

Tarisayi Gwenzi: Work-related stress in the banking sector in Zimbabwe

Ioanna Karaoulani: Mental health and wellbeing in Greek employees

Kelly Sivri: Investigating the relationship between job insecurity and health in Europe: A focus on cardiovascular disease (writing-up)

Stephen Kumako: Workplace bullying and its impact on employee well-being in Ghana's oil and gas industry (writing-up)

Tolulope Fadipe: Evaluation of training on psychosocial risk management in the workplace (writing-up)

Layla Ho: Developing a computer-based intervention for the treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (submitted)

Emma Rushton: Exploring a social cognitive perspective of leadership: The impact of a scenario-based leadership training intervention within healthcare settings (submitted)

Past students

Linn Iren Vestly Bergh: Developing a psychosocial risk management system in the Oil and Gas industry

Luis Torres: New forms of gender discrimination at work: Corporate social responsibility as a framework for equality

Hussam Al-Nusair: Perceived work-related stress, job performance, social support and intention to stay among immigrant nurses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Chris Leather: The role of the line manager in promoting well-being and capability in specialist unit ambulance personnel

Nicholas Andreou: The motivation behind engaging in occupational health and safety: An enterprise perspective

Juliet Hassard: Gender differences in work-related stress, well-being and health: differential exposure or vulnerability?

Aditya Jain: Evaluating policy in psychosocial risk management: An exploration of perceptions and actions of policy makers

Evelyn Kortum: Perception and management of psychosocial risks and work-related stress in developing countries

Kwesi Amponsah-Tawiah: Work design, work organisation and employee well-being in the mining sector in Ghana

Jessica Tang: The psychosocial work environment of teachers in Hong Kong

Nizam Zacck: Occupational Health & Safety Practices in the Petrochemical Industry in Malaysia

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