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Dr Eva Selenko PhD, MSc

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Reader in Work Psychology

Deputy Director, Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour

Job insecurity; unemployment; well-being; the meaning of work; social identity

Eva Selenko is a Senior Lecturer at the Work and Organisation Academic group. She holds an MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology from the University of Groningen, NL, a doctorate in Psychology from the University of Graz and has recently gained Habilitation at the University of Linz (both: Austria). Prior to joining Loughborough in July 2016, Eva was a lecturer at the Institute of Work Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

Eva’s research interests centre on precarious employment situations and how these affect well-being, performance and non-work related behaviour. In her research she aims to apply psychological theories to the understanding of employment related issues.

Eva is a member of several national and international bodies (e.g. SIOP, EAWOP, the German DGPS, CIPD…) and also acts as associate editor for Applied Psychology: An International Review (ABS list ranked 3). 

Eva’s research focuses on precarious, insecure employment situations and how they affect people’s well-being, job performance, but also behaviour outside the work context. Starting from the premise that work is closely related to who we are, Eva explores what happens if work suddenly becomes insecure, unattainable, or lost.

Work means more than just providing a financial income alone – it can offer social contacts, the opportunity to do something useful, it structures time, it activates people. However not all forms of work can provide these functions equally well, and some classic work-related functions might nowadays be satisfied outside paid work.

To investigate these questions in modern (often precarious) work settings provides the stage for Eva’s research interests.

If your are interested in these issues from an academic, practitioner, or policy-making angle, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Eva is open to supervise PhD students with interests in her research. 

Associate editor, Applied Psychology: An International Review

PhD supervisor at the University of Sheffield

Selenko, E., Berkers, H., Carter, A., Woods, S. A., Otto, K., Urbach, T., & De Witte, H. (2018). On the dynamics of work identity in atypical employment: setting out a research agenda. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 1-11.

Selenko, E., Mäkikangas, A., & Stride, C. B. (2017). Does job insecurity threaten who you are? Introducing a social identity perspective to explain well‐being and performance consequences of job insecurity. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38(6), 856-875.

Selenko, E. & Pils, K. (2016) The after-effects of youth unemployment. More vulnerable persons are less likely to succeed in Youth Guarantee Programs. Economic and Industrial Democracy.