Work, people and organisations research
At Nottingham University Business School, our research into work, people and organisations includes looking at local and global approaches to sustainable business practices, influencing policy and decision-making at organisations such as the World Health Organisation, the European Commission, the World Trade Organisation and the World Bank.
Our researchers’ contribution to international leadership in impactful research areas includes:
- the sociology of service work and public policy
- working life and careers
- international business and human resource management (particularly in an African context)
Research is characterised by a distinctive, critical, interdisciplinary outlook, and includes topics such as:
- healthcare policy/organisation
- workplace discrimination/intersectionality
- organisational justice/ethics
- migration/collective organising
Reducing work-related stress
Dr Aditya Jain from Nottingham University Business School and Professor Leka from the Centre for Organisational Health and Development at the University of Nottingham investigated psychosocial risks and work-related stress in the workplace to promote employee well-being and improve organisational performance. Having highlighted work-related stress as a major challenge for occupational health and safety, Jain, and Leka, carried out research which led to the development of PRIMA-EF, an interdisciplinary project involving several studies. One of the outcomes of the project was the development of industry standards including key indicators, interventions and guidance on psychosocial risk management that could be adopted by organisations to develop healthy workplaces. These national standards have been implemented in the UK and other countries including Canada, Denmark and Ireland and adopted by the World Health Organisation.
Dr Andrew Grainger’s research on how to improve international trade to benefit wider society and business competitiveness has informed policy at national and global levels. It has helped organisations consider relevant measures to reduce friction between public and private sector stakeholders in the administration and control of national borders. It has demonstrated how reaching a Trade Facilitation Agreement can reduce costs and boost global trade.His research has been commissioned by organisations wanting a better understanding of trade facilitation, and has included studies for the World Bank, the European Parliament, the UK government and the World Trade Organisation.
My research focuses on policies relating to mental health at work, examining the role of softer forms of policy, and risk management of the psychological and social work environment for business and societal sustainability.