The panel for Work and work-related health assesses applications on the importance of the working environment for reducing exclusion and reducing health problems related to working life. The area also includes studies on physical, chemical as well as biological risk factors in the work environment.

Work and work-related health also includes studies on the influence of background factors such as socioeconomic conditions, morbidity, age-related changes, gender and ethnicity. Furthermore, the interaction between psychosocial work environment and employment conditions is included. Research on the so-called work–life balance, i.e. the prioritisation between work and family, is also included.

Furthermore, studies on the importance of the work organisation for the work environment, work ability and work performance are included, as well as how the individual’s conditions and the development of the organisation are linked to each other. Studies on the link between working environment and levels of participation in working life, and how individual demands can be observed within the development of the organisation are included. The area also includes intervention research and implementation research on preventive interventions for working environment and health.

The subareas of the panel can be summarised as follows: psychosocial factors and health, bullying, offensive treatment, stress, sleep, common mental health conditions, chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, sick leave, sickness presence, work performance, work ability, employer’s responsibility for rehabilitation, work-, family- and living conditions in relation to health and quality of life, repetitive strain injuries, rehabilitation, health risk in the working environment, safety, security, violence and threats.

  • Work ability, work performance, productivity
  • Preventive interventions, occupational health services
  • Organisational and social work environment
  • Offensive treatment
  • Mental health
  • Chemical, physical and biological hazards
  • Repetitive strain injuries, ergonomics and rehabilitation

Members of the scientific panel

  • Chairperson

  • Lotta Dellve

    Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

  • Members

  • Guy Ahonen

    Hanken School of Economics, Finland

  • Gunnar Bergström

    Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

  • Nils Fallentin

    National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark

  • Andreas Holtermann

    National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark

  • Per Nylén

    The Swedish Work Environment Authority, Sweden

  • Riitta Sauni

    Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

  • Lena Tuvene

    The Swedish Company Health Association, Sweden

  • Marianna Virtanen

    Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden