Theme Leader – Associate Professor Bart de Jong

This theme addresses the rapidly changing ‘ecosystem’ of work across the lifespan, as advances in information and wider technologies, market and economic uncertainties, and wider societal changes mediate and reconfigure relations between workers, organisations and society. Empirically, this focuses on the abilities of workers, their families and wider communities to navigate the mechanisms and stressors of change, and to strengthen their competences, adaptive capacities and resilience. Both analytically and practically, we explore and develop potential solutions for tackling the future challenges of work, by highlighting areas for positive adaptation through education, workplace development and broader policy initiatives.