The aim of WRC is to conduct research in various aspects of work and working life, to support graduate and post-graduate training and to implement societal interaction in their respective fields. The Centre conducts multidisciplinary research and the fields represented by researchers include sociology, social psychology, social policy, administrative science, local public economics, psychology, health science, education and regional science.
Societal interaction and impact are widely represented in the operation of WRC, which is the third basic function of the university, along with research and teaching. Societal interaction is conducted through different stakeholders and networks, which benefits society and work life. The combining theme of the research and development projects is sustainable working life.
Most of WRC’s research projects are funded externally by, for example, the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Work Environment Fund, various ministries and also the European Commission. Some of the projects are also financially supported by several companies, labour market organizations and local councils. Current research themes consist of the following:
- Technology, digitalisation and work
- Work, well-being and quality of life
- Power relationships in working life and gender
- Labour markets and use of labour force
- Work communities, change and development
Work Research Centre has also a solid tradition in applied research mostly through qualitative research. Some of the research projects are action and intervention studies, in which the researchers get involved in the development of the work organization. The data from the executed projects is utilized in research, teaching and scientific thesis.
Every other year Work Research Centre hosts Work Research Days in cooperation with the Finnish Association of Work Life Research (FAWORE). It also organizes international seminars and meetings and partakes in impactful national and international cooperative projects and networks.
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