Research team and steering committee Research team and steering committee

The research team has a breadth of experience working across a range of sectors; knowledge of topcis relevant to the work (occupational safety and health leadership and distributed working); and extensive experience of a range of research methods. The team are all experienced in leading externally funded research projects such as through the Health and Safety Executive, Chartered Institute for Personnel Development, and the Research Councils.

Karina Nielsen is Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at the Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. Prior to joining the UEA, Karina worked at the University of Nottingham and the National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark. Her main areas of research concern leadership and wellbeing and the implementation and evaluation of organisational interventions to improve employee health and wellbeing. Karina takes an applied approach to this research and has been involved in several intervention projects working collaboratively with organisations to improve leadership and employee performance, health and wellbeing. She is an internationally recognised researcher who has visiting affiliations with universities in Sweden and the US. She has published more than 150 scientific publications and is a frequent keynote speaker at major conferences. She serves on the editorial boards of several high impact journals and is an associate editor of Work & Stress. Her research has been funded by national, Nordic and European funding bodies.


Emma Donaldson-Feilder is an award-winning Occupational Psychologist (Chartered with the BPS and registered with the HCPC) and recognised expert in the fields of workplace health, wellbeing and engagement, people management, executive coaching and coach supervision. She is Director of Affinity Health at Work, a specialist consultancy and research group, and Director of Affinity Coaching and Supervision. She takes an evidence-based approach to helping employers and managers improve employee health, wellbeing, engagement and performance. In collaboration with academic partners, Emma is involved in a range of research programmes, designed to generate practical guidance and tools, all of which are freely available from sponsors’ websites, including the HSE, CIPD and BOHRF. She is also an author, conference speaker and media commentator, including co-authoring a book entitled Preventing stress in organisations: How to develop positive managers with Rachel Lewis and Joanna Yarker.



Rachel Lewis is an award-winning Occupational Psychologist (Chartered with the BPS and registered with the HCPC) and acknowledged expert in the fields of leadership and management, and workplace health, wellbeing and engagement. She is Associate Professor and Course Director in Occupational and Business Psychology at Kingston Business School, and also Director of Affinity Health at Work, a specialist consultancy and research group. Her research is designed to provide evidenced-based guidance for practitioners and managers. She combines her academic career with regular conference speaking, consultancy and training, focusing on the links between leadership, management and employee wellbeing. As well as co-authoring a book with Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Rachel has edited two books: one (with Lara Zibarras) a new textbook for aspiring Occupational Psychologists focusing on the integration of theory and practice, entitled 'Work and Occupational Psychology', and one (with Skip Leonard and Arthur Freedman) a new Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Leadership, Organisational Development and Change.


Kevin Daniels is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and head of the Employment Systems and Institutions group, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. Prior to joining UEA, Kevin was Professor of Organisational Psychology at Loughborough University, having previously worked at University of Nottingham, University of Sheffield, Open University and Cranfield University. Kevin is acknowledged internationally as an expert in occupational health, safety and wellbeing, having published over 250 scientific papers and has held or currently holds editorial positions at several international and high impact scientific journals. Kevin has collaborated on projects with researchers from numerous institutions in several European countries, Australia and USA, and he has worked with many public and private organisations on processes to enhance wellbeing, safety and innovation in the workplace. Kevin’s work has been funded by the Health and Safety Executive and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council amongst others


Rachel Nayani is a researcher in Organisational Behaviour at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia. Prior to joining academia, Rachel spent over 18 years’ supporting organisations in the ‘people’ aspects of their change programmes to effect behavioural change and support effective implementation for FTSE 250 companies , firstly as an internal consultant with central government then with EY (Ernst &Young) and Capgemini. Rachel holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Cranfield School of Management (1998) and a first class degree in Management Sciences. Rachel’s academic interests include: employee proactivity at work, inter-personal processes and capability development. Rachel is working on a number of academic research projects whilst undertaking a PhD in aspects of employee proactivity at work, and has been awarded research grants from the British Academy of Management, the British Academy and the Higher Education Innovation Fund.