The ambition of this research group is to use practice-based research to support organisations in creating, organising and maintaining valuable work opportunities. We strive to contribute to economic self-reliance and self-esteem, in particular for people who occupy a vulnerable position on the labour market.

Lines of research within the research group

Our ambition is to contribute to an inclusive society by way of conducting practice-based research. How can organisations and municipalities best support people who occupy a vulnerable position on the labour market, in such a way that they are able to (re)gain full and durable participation?

With this line of research, we aim to support employers in creating such inclusive and valuable work opportunities. To this end, we are looking into what is needed to make work meaningful for both the employer and the employee. We also give explicit attention to the position of refugees on the labour market, and to people who are (temporarily) in a vulnerable position due to psychological complaints or psychiatric problems.

The world of labour is undergoing rapid change. Technological developments and the flexibilisation of the labour market are placing demands on employees to develop new skills. Organisations are facing the challenge of ensuring that their employees can continue to function without becoming overworked, while simultaneously achieving the desired results.

This line of research focusses on social innovation in organisations, while remaining attentive to mental health and the human dimension in work. We are studying ways in which to innovate and change organisations and work processes, with the aim of both maintaining high productivity and nurturing (mentally) healthy employees who are able to continue to develop their skills.

Publications


Education

The research group collaborates with students and lecturers from the Institute for Labour and Organisation and the Institute for Social Work.

We use the results of our research in education for the Human Resource Management (HRM) programme, including for the minor ‘Inspired employees, healthy organisations’ and for the graduation studio ‘Workload in healthcare’. The knowledge obtained from our research helps students to become better professionals. The research group also contributes to the redesign of HRM programmes and the development of new master's and post-bachelor's programmes, such as the Master Community Development and the Master Data Driven Business.

Man and woman talking in a bike shed Marjdan Seighali

“Employers are looking for good employees and qualified candidates are looking for work. But how do they find each other? We have decades of experience with this question, yet research into what really works is limited and fragmented. Together with the research group, we aim to develop practical and substantiated tools and knowledge to ensure that refugees are able to find work, remain employed and further develop their skills. Everyone benefits from this in the end.”

Mardjan Seighali Director of UAF

Collaboration

To realise our ambitions, we collaborate with various employers and organisations; they are indispensable for creating and sustaining inclusive work. These include:

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Our professors and researchers

Josje Dikkers

Professor Organising Change in the Public Domain Show profile
Rob Gründemann | Emeritus Professor | Research centre for Social Innovation

Rob Gründemann

Professor Organising Change in the Public Domain Show profile

Joost van Andel

Researcher Organising Change in the Public Domain Show profile
Leendert de Bell | Researcher | Organising Change in the Public Domain

Leendert de Bell

Researcher Organising Change in the Public Domain Show profile

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