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Prof Stavroula Leka

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Biography

Stavroula Leka is Full Professor of Work Organization & Well-being at the Business School of University College Cork in Ireland. She is also Emeritus Professor of Work & Health & Policy at the University of Nottingham, UK. Stavroula is Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, President of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP) and Board member of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH). Key themes in her research are work organization 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. She is leading scholar in the area of ​​psychosocial risk management. She sits on the editorial board of three international journals and is Associate Editor of Safety Science. She co-chaired the working group that developed the ISO guidance standard on psychological health in the workplace (ISO 45003). Stavroula has been 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 to occupational health psychology and the study of work-related stress.

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Greek
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Grants and Honours

  • 01/01/2021 - President, European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology
  • 30/04/2018 - Service Award, International Commission on Occupational Health
  • 30/09/2015 - Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 30/11/2011 - Early career achievement award, American Psychological Association
  • 31/10/2011 - Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
  • 01/03/2010 - Fellow, Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association
  • 31/10/2005 - Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health
  • 31/10/2005 - Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health
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Other Activities

  • 06/11/2019 - American Psychological Association Work Stress and Health Conference
  • 03/10/2019 - DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion
  • 08/07/2019 - 6th International Labour Organization Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network
  • 28/11/2018 - Asia Pacific Academy for Psychosocial Factors at Work Conference
  • 05/09/2018 - 13th International Conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology
  • 01/05/2018 - Occupational health, Future of Work
  • 29/04/2018 - International Commission on Occupational Health Congress
  • 08/11/2017 - Dutch International Congress on Insurance Medicine
  • 30/08/2017 - 6th international congress of the International Commission on Occupational Health, Scientific Committee ‘Work Organisation & Psychosocial Factors’
  • 06/10/2016 - World Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century
  • 11/04/2016 - 12th conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology
  • 18/06/2015 - Netherlands Society of Occupational Medicine Conference
  • 31/05/2015 - International Commission of Occupational Health 31st Global Congress on Occupational Health
  • 06/05/2015 - American Psychological Association 11th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health
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Pedagogic Experiences

  • 2021 - Creating Healthy Workplaces, University College Cork, MSc Human Resource Management
  • 2019 - Project Management Dissertation, University College Cork, MSc Human Resource Management
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Research Domains

  • Cooperate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Employee well-being and engagement
  • Mental health interventions and the prevention of work-related stress
  • Public policy issues and evidence based policy
  • Occupational health and safety risk management  
  • Work environment regulation  
  • Work and Organisational Psychology  
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Thesis

  • 2019 - The role of knowledge management in promoting the management of psychosocial risks at work, University of Nottingham (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2022 - An investigation into how team resilience emerges in the modern workplace, University College Cork (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2024 - AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE FORMATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACT WITHIN IRISH SME FAMILY BUSINESSES, University College Cork (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2024 - Strategies for improving health and safety practices in the construction sector in Saudi Arabia., University College Cork (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2023 - An empirical exploration of psychological capital in the context of the individual within the family firm, University College Cork (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2023 - Employment and psychosocial working conditions of Irish doctors and their relationship to turnover intentions, University College Cork (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2019 - Longitudinal investigations of the relationship between resilience and proactive coping., Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick (Thesis Jury President)
  • 2021 - Investigating Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) in the Workplace., University of Manchester (Thesis Jury President)
  • 2020 - Longitudinal investigations of the relationship between resilience and proactive coping., Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick (Thesis Jury President)
  • 2022 - Labour Market Segmentation and Change: A Case Study of Saudi Female Workers in Higher Education, University College Cork (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2019 - An exploration of psychosocial risk factors, safety climate and work performance in the construction sector in Qatar, University of Nottingham (Thesis Jury President)
  • 2019 - The possible moderating effect of overtime control and rewards for overtime, on the relationship between overtime and psychological health in the context of China, University of Nottingham (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2020 - Investigating the relationship between determinants of employee wellbeing, innovation and organisational performance: A policy and practice perspective, University of Nottingham (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2019 - Investigating the relationship between job insecurity and health in Europe: A focus on cardiovascular disease, University of Nottingham (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2020 - Work-related stress in the banking sector in Zimbabwe, University of Nottingham (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
  • 2020 - The benefits of competitive motorsport on injured armed forces veterans and troops, University of Nottingham (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2020 - Positive psychological capital and role of perceived organizational support in determining mental health/psychological wellbeing among bank employees in the UK and India, University of Nottingham (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2020 - The effects of optimism in the workplace, University of Nottingham (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • 2019 - Mental health and well-being of Greek employees, University of Nottingham (Thesis Co-Supervisor)
  • Supporting healthcare organisations during a pandemic: Developing healthy psychosocial work environments, University College Cork (Thesis Primary Supervisor)
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Publications

Journal article

Year Publication
2019 POTTER, R. E., O’KEEFFE, V., LEKA, S., DOLLARD, M. (2019). Australian work health and safety policy for the regulation of psychosocial risks: perspectives from key informants. Policy and practice in health and safety. Details
2019 TORRES, L. D., JAIN, A., LEKA, S. (2019). (Un) doing gender for achieving equality at work: The role of corporate social responsibility. Business Strategy & Development. Details
2019 LEKA, S., NICHOLSON, P. (2019). Mental health in the workplace. Occupational Medicine. Details
2018 TOVALIN, H., LEKA, S., GARCÍA, A., VEGA, M. (2018). Declaration of Mexico on mental health and work: A call for action,Declaração do México sobre saúde mental e trabalho: Chamada para ação. Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Trabalho. Details
2018 DEDIU, V., LEKA, S., JAIN, A. (2018). Job demands, job resources and innovative work behaviour: a European Union study. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. Details
2018 BERGH, L., LEKA, S., ZWETSLOOT, G. (2018). Tailoring Psychosocial Risk Assessment in the Oil and Gas Industry by Exploring Specific and Common Psychosocial Risks. Safety and Health at Work. Details
2017 MADRID, H., DIAZ, M., LEKA, S., LEIVA, P., BARROS, E. (2017). A Finer Grained Approach to Psychological Capital and Work Performance. Journal of Business and Psychology. Details
2017 DI TECCO, C., JAIN, A., VALENTI, A., IAVICOLI, S., LEKA, S. (2017). An evaluation of the impact of a policy-level intervention to address psychosocial risks on organisational action in Italy. Safety Science. Details
2017 POTTER, R., DOLLARD, M., OWEN, M., O'KEEFFE, V., BAILEY, T., LEKA, S. (2017). Assessing a national work health and safety policy intervention using the psychosocial safety climate framework. Safety Science. Details
2017 LEKA, S., IAVICOLI, S. (2017). The psychosocial work environment in times of change: Society and the workplace. Safety Science. Details
2017 ZWETSLOOT, G., LEKA, S., KINES, P. (2017). Vision zero: From accident prevention to the promotion of health, safety and well-being at work. Policy and practice in health and safety. Details
2016 LEKA, S., JAIN, A., ZWETSLOOT, G., ANDREOU, N., HOLLIS, D. (2016). Future challenges of occupational safety and health policy-making in the UK. Policy and practice in health and safety. Details
2016 LEKA, S. (2016). Psychosocial risk management: Calamity or opportunity?. Occupational Medicine. Details
2015 LEKA, S., JAIN, A., IAVICOLI, S., DI TECCO, C. (2015). An Evaluation of the Policy Context on Psychosocial Risks and Mental Health in the Workplace in the European Union: Achievements, Challenges, and the Future. BioMed Research International. Details
2015 BERGH, L., HINNA, S., LEKA, S., ZWETSLOOT, G. (2015). Developing and testing an internal audit tool of the psychosocial work environment in the oil and gas industry. Safety Science. Details
2015 LEKA, S., VAN WASSENHOVE, W., JAIN, A. (2015). Is psychosocial risk prevention possible? Deconstructing common presumptions. Safety Science. Details
2015 IAVICOLI, S., CESANA, G., DOLLARD, M., LEKA, S., SAUTER, S. (2015). Psychosocial Factors and Workers' Health and Safety. BioMed Research International. Details
2014 TANG, J., LEKA, S., HUNT, N., MACLENNAN, S. (2014). An exploration of workplace social capital as an antecedent of occupational safety and health climate and outcomes in the Chinese education sector. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. Details
2015 LEKA, S., SIVRIS, K. (2015). Examples of Holistic Good Practices in Promoting and Protecting Mental Health in the Workplace:. Current and Future Challenges.. Safety and Health at Work. Details
2014 VESTLY BERGH, L., HINNA, S., LEKA, S., JAIN, A. (2014). Developing a performance indicator for psychosocial risk in the oil and gas industry. Safety Science. Details
2014 IAVICOLI, S., LEKA, S., JAIN, A., PERSECHINO, B., RONDINONE, B., RONCHETTI, M., VALENTI, A. (2014). Hard and soft law approaches to addressing psychosocial risks in Europe: Lessons learned in the development of the Italian approach. Journal of Risk Research. Details
2014 BERGH, L., RINGSTAD, A., LEKA, S., ZWETSLOOT, G. (2014). Psychosocial risks and hydrocarbon leaks: An exploration of their relationship in the Norwegian oil and gas industry. Journal of Cleaner Production. Details
2014 KORTUM, E., LEKA, S. (2014). Tackling psychosocial risks and work-related stress in developing countries: The need for a multilevel intervention framework. International Journal of Stress Management. Details
2014 AMPONSAH-TAWIAH, K., LEKA, S., JAIN, A., HOLLIS, D., COX, T. (2014). The impact of physical and psychosocial risks on employee well-being and quality of life: The case of the mining industry in Ghana. Safety Science. Details
2013 AMPONSAH-TAWIAH, K., JAIN, A., LEKA, S., HOLLIS, D., COX, T. (2013). Examining psychosocial and physical hazards in the Ghanaian mining industry and their implications for employees' safety experience. Journal of Safety Research. Details
2013 LANGENHAN, M., LEKA, S., JAIN, A. (2013). Psychosocial risks: Is risk management strategic enough in business and policy making?. Safety and Health at Work. Details
2013 TANG, J., LEKA, S., MACLENNAN, S. (2013). The psychosocial work environment and mental health of teachers: A comparative study between the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. Details
2011 JAIN, A., LEKA, S., ZWETSLOOT, G. (2011). Corporate Social Responsibility and Psychosocial Risk Management in Europe. Journal of Business Ethics. Details
2011 LEKA, S., JAIN, A., WIDERSZAL-BAZYL, M., ZO?NIERCZYK-ZREDA, D., ZWETSLOOT, G. (2011). Developing a standard for psychosocial risk management: PAS 1010. Safety Science. Details
2012 LEKA, S., HASSARD, J., YANAGIDA, A. (2012). Investigating the impact of psychosocial risks and occupational stress on psychiatric hospital nurses' mental well-being in Japan. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Details
2011 LEKA, S., JAIN, A., IAVICOLI, S., VARTIA, M., ERTEL, M. (2011). The role of policy for the management of psychosocial risks at the workplace in the European Union. Safety Science. Details
2011 LEKA, S., JAIN, A., COX, T., KORTUM, E. (2011). The development of the European framework for psychosocial risk management: PRIMA-EF. Journal of Occupational Health. Details
2011 KORTUM, E., LEKA, S., COX, T. (2011). Perceptions of psychosocial hazards, work-related stress and workplace priority risks in developing countries. Journal of Occupational Health. Details
2011 TANG, J., LEKA, S., HUNT, N., MACLENNAN, S. (2011). Occupational psychosocial health policies in Hong Kong schools: A review and exploration of key stakeholder perceptions. Health Policy. Details
2011 IAVICOLI, S., NATALI, E., DEITINGER, P., MARIA RONDINONE, B., ERTEL, M., JAIN, A., LEKA, S. (2011). Occupational health and safety policy and psychosocial risks in Europe: The role of stakeholders' perceptions. Health Policy. Details
2010 ERTEL, M., STILIJANOW, U., IAVICOLI, S., NATALI, E., JAIN, A., LEKA, S. (2010). European social dialogue on psychosocial risks at work: Benefits and challenges. European Journal of Industrial Relations. Details
2010 LEKA, S., JAIN, A., WETSLOOT, G., COX, T. (2010). Policy-level interventions and work-related psychosocial risk management in the European Union. Work and Stress. Details
2010 KORTUM, E., LEKA, S., COX, T. (2010). Psychosocial risks and work-related stress in developing countries: Health impact, priorities, barriers and solutions. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health. Details
2008 LEKA, S., KORTUM, E. (2008). A European framework to address psychosocial hazards. Journal of Occupational Health. Details
2007 MUNIR, F., YARKER, J., HASLAM, C., LONG, H., LEKA, S., GRIFFITHS, A., COX, S. (2007). Work factors related to psychological and health-related distress among employees with chronic illnesses. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. Details
2005 MUNIR, F., LEKA, S., GRIFFITHS, A. (2005). Dealing with self-management of chronic illness at work: Predictors for self-disclosure. Social Science and Medicine. Details
2005 MUNIR, F., JONES, D., LEKA, S., GRIFFITHS, A. (2005). Work limitations and employer adjustments for employees with chronic illness. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Details
2004 LEKA, S. (2004). Psychosocial hazards and seafarer health: priorities for research and practice.. International maritime health.
2004 COX, T., LEKA, S., IVANOV, I., KORTUM, E. (2004). Work, employment and mental health in Europe. Work and Stress. Details
2019 POTTER, R., O'KEEFFE, V., LEKA, S., WEBBER, M., DOLLARD, M. (2019). Analytical review of the Australian policy context for work-related psychological health and psychosocial risks. Safety Science. Details
2019 SOTERIADES, E. S., PSALTA, L., LEKA, S., SPANOUDIS, G. (2019). Occupational stress and musculoskeletal symptoms in firefighters. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Details
2006 MUNIR, F., PRYCE, J., HASLAM, C., LEKA, S., GRIFFITHS, A. (2006). Gender differences in managing chronic illness at work: Exploring predictors for disclosure. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.
2020 BRETONES, F. D., JAIN, A., LEKA, S., GARCÍA-LÓPEZ, P. A. (2020). Psychosocial Working Conditions and Well-Being of Migrant Workers in Spain. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Details
2020 LEKA, S., LAVICOLI, S., NIELSON, K. (2020). Occupational health psychology: Reflections on the past to future perspectives. Work and Stress. Details
2020 ZWETSLOOT, G., LEKA, S., KINES, P., JAIN, A. (2020). Vision zero: Developing proactive leading indicators for safety, health and wellbeing at work. Safety Science. Details
2020 HOUTMAN, I., ZWIETEN, M. V., LEKA, S., JAIN, A., VROOME, E. D. (2020). Social Dialogue and Psychosocial Risk Management: Added Value of Manager and Employee Representative Agreement in Risk Perception and Awareness. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. Details
2020 RODRIGUES, M. A., SÁ, A., MASI, D., OLIVEIRA, A., BOUSTRAS, G., LEKA, S., GULDENMUND, F. (2020). Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) management practices in micro- and small-sized enterprises: The case of the Portuguese waste management sector. Safety Science. Details
2021 LEKA, S., ANYFANTIS, I., RENIERS, G., BOUSTRAS, G. (2021). Employers’ perceived importance and the use (or non-use) of workplace risk assessment in micro-sized and small enterprises in Europe with focus on Cyprus. Safety Science, 139, 105256. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105256. Details
2021 RUSSO, S., RONCHETTI, M., DI TECCO, C., VALENTI, A., LEKA, S., JAIN, A., ... IAVCOLI, S. (2021). Developing a cost-estimation model for work–related stress: An absence-based estimation using data from two Italian case studies. Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health, 17, 3948. doi:10.5271/sjweh.3948. Details
2021 JAIN, A., HASSARD, J., LEKA, S., TECCO, C. D., IAVICOLI, S. (2021). The Role of Occupational Health Services in Psychosocial Risk Management and the Promotion of Mental Health and Well-Being at Work. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (7), 3632. doi:10.3390/ijerph18073632. Details

Book

Year Publication
2018 JAIN, A., LEKA, S., ZWETSLOOT, G. I. (2018). Managing health, safety and well-being. Ethics, responsibility and sustainability. Springer.
2010 HOUDMONT, J., LEKA, S. (2010). Preface. Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice, Volume 1.

Book chapter

Year Publication
2019 LEKA, S., JAIN, A. (2019). Occupation and health. Cambridge University Press. Details
2016 LEKA, S., JAIN, A. (2016). International initiatives to tackle psychosocial risks and promote mental health in the workplace: Is there a good balance in policy and practice?. Springer Publishing.
2014 LEKA, S., JAIN, A. (2014). Policy approaches to occupational and organizational health. Springer Publishing.
2014 LEKA, S., SINCLAIR, R. (2014). Preface. Wiley Blackwell.
2014 BERGH, L., HINNA, S., LEKA, S. (2014). Sustainable Business Practice in a Norwegian Oil and Gas Company: Integrating Psychosocial Risk Management into the Company Management System. Wiley Blackwell.
2012 HOUDMONT, J., LEKA, S., SINCLAIR, R. (2012). Preface. John Wiley & Sons.
2017 JAIN, A., V., D., ZWETSLOOT, G. I., LEKA, S. (2017). Workplace innovation and wellbeing at work. A future research agenda.. Springer Publishing.
2017 LEKA, S. (2017). Work-related psychosocial risks. Key definitions and an overview of the policy context in Europe.. Springer Publishing.
2005 LEKA, S., GRIFFITHS, A., COX, T. (2005). Work-Related stress: The risk management paradigm. Edward Elgar Publishing.
2008 COX, T., GRIFFITHS, A., LEKA, S. (2008). Work Organization and Work-Related Stress. John Wiley & Sons.
2010 LEKA, S., ZWETSLOOT, G., JAIN, A. (2010). Corporate Social Responsibility and Psychosocial Risk Management. Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice, Volume 1.
2020 LEKA, S., JAIN, A. (2020). Surveillance, monitoring and evaluation: Regulatory and voluntary approaches on health, safety and well-being.. Springer Publishing.

Edited book

Year Publication
2012 HOUDMONT, J., LEKA, S., SINCLAIR, R. (2012). Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice. John Wiley & Sons. Details
2010 LEKA, S. (2010). Occupational health psychology.
2014 LEKA, S., SINCLAIR, R. (2014). Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice. John Wiley & Sons. Details
2010 HOUDMONT, J., LEKA, S. (2010). Contemporary Occupational Health Psychology: Global Perspectives on Research and Practice, Volume 1. John Wiley & Sons. Details

Manual

Year Publication
2011 LEKA, S. (2011). PAS1010:2011. Guidance on the management of psychosocial risks in the workplace.

Magazine article

Year Publication
2008 KOUVONEN, A., OKSANEN, T., VAHTERA, J., VÄÄNÄNEN, A., DE VOGLI, R., ELOVAINIO, M., ... KIVIMÄKI, M. (2008). Work-place social capital and smoking cessation: The Finnish Public Sector Study. Addiction. Details

Online resource

Year Publication
2017 LEKA, S. (2017). Mental health in the workplace in Europe.
2014 LEKA, S. (2014). Interpretative Document of the Implementation of Council Directive 89/391/EEC in relation to Mental Health in the Workplace.
2010 LEKA, S. (2010). Health impact of psychosocial hazards at work.
2008 LEKA, S., T., C. (2008). PRIMA-EF: Guidance on the European Framework for Psychosocial Risk Management:. A Resource for Employers and Worker Representatives..
2008 LEKA, S., T., C., G., Z. (2008). The European Framework for Psychosocial Risk Management. PRIMA-EF.
2004 LEKA, S., T., C., A., G. (2004). Work organization and stress.

Report

Year Publication
2016 LEKA, S., ROSSKAM, E., SIEGRIST, J. (2016). Work and Worklessness. Final report of the task group on employment and working conditions, including occupation, unemployment and migrant workers..
2016 LEKA, S. (2016). The changing landscape of OSH regulation in the UK.
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