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The Organizers

Theresa Leyens is a doctoral researcher in the Work and Organizational Psychology research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Her work focuses on personality dynamics at work, as well as person-environment interactions. 

To her, the FoWOP meeting is an opportunity to connect with people who share a similar vision for the future of I/O psychology and who aim to work towards positive change in academia, especially with regards to wellbeing in academia, rigorous research methods and promoting an open and diverse culture. 


Franziska J. Kößler is a doctoral researcher from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.  In her work, she focusses on ethnic diversity in work teams, social inequalities, precarious employment, and health. FoWOP allows her to take a critical perspective on her research, deepen her theorizing, and connect with colleagues.


Francesco Tommasi is a PhD candidate in work and organizational psychology at the Department of Human Sciences, University of Verona. He is interested in sources of meaning in work and the notion of meaningful work, especially related to processes of work individualization and contexts of social inequalities and precarious employment. He is active in the FoWOP movement within the group of critical perspectives in work and organizational psychology (CWOP) where he is co-working for the coordination of the CWOP reading club.


John Mendy is Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for MSc HRM based at the University of Lincoln, UK. He is interested in resilience research, the intersection between International HRM and International Business and Organisational Studies with specific foci on SMEs and MNEs in developed and emerging economies. John is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA, UK) and a Chartered Member of the CIPD (MCIPD, UK). John is the Chair of the Organisational Transformation, Change and Development Track at the British Academy of Management and has authored several peer-reviewed articles in respected journals. John has also won several awards, the most recent of which is the Best 2020 Special Issue on ‘The Impact of Resilience in Developing Individual and Organizational Capacity to ‘Bounce Back’ from Challenges’ in Advances in Developing Human Resources Journal  and the Top Cited article on 'Using the 'best fit' approach to investigate the effects of politico-economic and social barriers on SMEs' internationalisation in an emerging country context: Implications and future directions' in Thunderbird International Business Review. He also currently serves as Associate Editor for Advances in Developing Human Resources and Human Resource Development Quarterly and is on the Editorial Boards of a number of international journals, the exam boards of a couple of Higher Education institutions in the UK and abroad and a Visiting Scholar.

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Tim Vantilborgh is an Associate Professor in the Work and Organizational Psychology research unit at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. His work focuses on psychological contracts and temporal dynamics of workplace phenomena, but he is also interested in the search for substantive-methodological synergy and the adoption of open science practices in academia. He believes that FOWOP can help to improve the rigor of our research and make academia a healthier environment, by offering a platform where people can share experiences, discuss problems, and reflect on solutions, while taking into account the notion that many of the problems that we face are complex and systemic. In particular, the FOWOP meeting in Brussels will be exciting as it focuses on developing practical solutions that can help academics to improve their research practices and to create interventions that can be used to improve academic wellbeing.

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