Inaugural lecture – Working identities: A new perspective on the future of work

Work is part of who we are – what happens to our sense of self if work becomes insecure, precarious or if it changes dramatically thanks to technology?

Eva’s lecture will introduce the Working Identities Model which posits that having a clear, positive sense of self in relation to work is core to optimal functioning at work – and beyond.

By knowing who we are in terms of work, we not only feel better about ourselves, but can also perform more effectively, know which goals to pursue and even become more tolerant citizens.

Drawing on extensive empirical evidence, her lecture will show that self-understanding does not happen in a vacuum – it is influenced by job insecurity, precarity and change which can threaten our sense of self. Thereby, not only leading to poor mental health, but also impacting work performance and wider political thinking.

The Working Identities Model, therefore, presents a new bridge between working conditions on the one hand and individual well-being, thinking and behaviour on the other.

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