+++ UPDATE: POSTPONED TO 2022 +++

We have been looking forward to this meeting for such a long time already and were hopeful that this time around, things would be different. However, with the most recent surge of COVID-19 cases across Europe, we do not think it is justifiable to organise an in-person event at the scheduled time in Brussels. 

We will do our best to update you as soon as we have more information. Please also refer to this website or get in touch with us. 

 

EAWOP Small Group Meeting
Postponed to 2022
New date to be announced

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

The meeting focuses on developing practical tools and practices that can be used to build a sustainable future for WOP. It is open to everyone who is actively involved in the area of work and organizational psychology.

The format of this small-scale conference is based on active participation and co-creation. We plan several interactive activities, including workshops, hack-a-thons, lightening talks and unconferenced sessions. 

 

FoWOP SGM Brussels 2021

Many academics have become increasingly critical about the theoretical landscape in (work) psychology, the practical and societal relevance of our research, the prevalence of Questionable Research Practices, the rise of work pressure and mental health problems in academia, the problems relating to inequalities at universities, and the methodological isomorphism that favors predominantly quantitative, positivistic epistemologies in WOP. 

With this Small Group Meeting, we want to address the abovementioned issues that affect our field by developing practical tools and practices that can be used to build a sustainable future for WOP that has societal relevance, promotes equality, embraces diversity, makes academia a healthy environment, and builds on rigorous scientific methods. 

To achieve this goal, we will use non-traditional formats that focus on active participation and co-creation, including:

Workshops: These sessions involve guided instruction and training by experienced mentors. 

Hack-a-thons: These sessions involve projects where all participants jointly work toward a clear end goal. 

Unconferenced sessions: Participants can freely pitch and discuss ideas during these sessions, which are moderated by the session organizers and focus on a particular topic or issue.  

Lightning talks: These sessions include short, five-minute presentations. 

Please find the preliminary program below and get in touch if you have any questions or comments. 

 

Preliminary Program (09/11/2021)

Please download the PDF here.

Day 1: 15th of December 2021

09:30 - 10:30

Keynote talk

Matthijs Bal, Edina Dóci, & Yvonne van Rossenberg

TRACK 1:

BUILDING TOOLS TO IMPROVE WOP RESEARCH

TRACK 2:

BUILDING TOOLS TO IMPROVE LIFE IN ACADEMIA

Unconference session 1

‘Critical WOP meets substantive-methodological synergies’

Edina Dóci, Gazi Islam, & Joeri Hofmans

11:00 - 

12:00

12:00 - 13:00

Unconference session 3

‘Critical WOP session’

Matthijs Bal, Zoe Sanderson, Gazi Islam, & Severin Hornung

14:00 - 16:00

Workshop 1

‘Implementing a system for managing systematic work environment management in higher education – theoretical grounds and practical challenges’

Anita Pettersson-Strömbäck & Ingrid Schéle

16:00 - 18:00

Lightening Talk 1

a) ‘Critical performativity in WOP: challenging socially unsustainable organizational practice and imagining alternatives’

Andy Brookes

b) ‘Biophilic organization and university’

Naomi Stone

c) ‘Emotional labour and burnout in academic managers’

Amy Mumby & Siobhan Wray

d) ‘Academic edge dwellers: Learning to walk between two worlds’

Ruth Abrams

e) ‘It is not about holding stereotypes; it is about how we use them’

Federica Previtali

Unconference session 2

a) ‘Hypernormalization in academia’

Andy Brookes, John Mendy, Dieu Hack-Polay, &

Matthijs Bal

b) ‘Problematizing Critical Theory Perspectives in Contemporary Organizations and Society’

John Mendy & Matthijs Bal

Unconference session 4

‘How to promote Quality of Working Life in Academia? Discussing a European perspective’

Marco Depolo, Margherita Brondino, Francesco Pace & Amelia Manuti

Workshop 2

‘The why and how of “as-you-go” with Hypergraph’

Hans van Dijk, Chris Hartgerink & Marino van Zelst

Workshop 3

‘On ‘Doing’ Inclusion: An Inclusive Behavior Training’

Hans van Dijk, Carolin Ossenkop, Matthijs Bal & Ralf Wetzel

Day 2: 16th of December 2021

09:30 - 10:30

Unconference session 5

‘State of the field: Six decades of WOP research’

Yvonne van Rossenberg, Zoe Sanderson, Mehmet Orhan, Matthijs Bal, & Gazi Islam

TRACK 1:

BUILDING TOOLS TO IMPROVE WOP RESEARCH

TRACK 2:

BUILDING TOOLS TO IMPROVE LIFE IN ACADEMIA

11:00 - 

12:00

Unconference session 6

‘Workshop for Men’

Carolin Ossenkop & Matthijs Bal

13:00 - 15:00

Lightening talk 2

(Virtual session)

a) ‘Following up on neoliberal ideology – emerging research and ideas’

Severin Hornung, Thomas Höge & Christine Unterrainer

 

b) ‘Following up on neoliberal ideology II – measurement development, preliminary results and critical outlook’

Thomas Höge, Christine Unterrainer & Severin Hornung

 

c) ‘In search of homo economicus: qualitative exploration of relationships between personal belief systems about human nature and neoliberal ideology’

Benny William Bruno Greif

 

d) ‘The use of fiction as a distinctively critical research approach to debunk work and organizational psychology constructs: Initial thoughts’

Francesco Tommasi, Johanna L. Degen, & Matthijs Bal

 

e)‘The open science movement as a bottom-up effort against neoliberal research fantasies: practical tools for a more sustainable and credible future of WOP?’

Luca Menghini, Francesco Tommasi, & Cristian Balducci

15:00 - 17:00

Unconference session

‘International dialogue: Featuring critical work psychology from Latin America and debating current conditions and trajectories in the Global South and North’

Severin Hornung, Hernán Camilo Pulido-Martínez, Julian

Medina-Zarate, Antonio Stecher, & Wolfgang Weber

Workshop 4

‘Relieving work pressure in academia: An intervention instrument’

Roel Schouteten

Day 3: 16th of December 2021

TRACK 1:

BUILDING TOOLS TO IMPROVE WOP RESEARCH

09:30 - 11:00

Hack-a-thon 4

‘Healthy Academic Workplaces Task Force: Report on Progress and Future Directions’ 

Davide Giusino, Ferdinando Toscano, Hans van Dijk, Matthijs Bal, Motahareh Ghoreysh, Noémi Nagy, Rein De Cooman, Sara De Gieter

TRACK 2:

BUILDING TOOLS TO IMPROVE LIFE IN ACADEMIA

Hack-a-thon 5

‘Manifesto of ethical academic practice in WOP’

Yvonne van Rossenberg