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Helge Hoel


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With regard to teaching, Dr Helge Hoel contributes to several course units on the MSc in Organisational Psychology, delivers half the lectures on the undergraduate course unit "Introduction to Work Psychology" and co-ordinates the course unit "The Modern Corporation".


Helge Hoel is a Professor in Organisational Behaviour and a recognised international expert on bullying, harassment and violence in the workplace. He carried out the first nationwide survey of workplace bullying in Great Britain in 2000 (with Professor Cary Cooper) and later the first evaluation study within the field, examining the effectiveness of organisational anti-bullying interventions. He has written and contributed to a number of books, articles and reports in the area of bullying, violence and harassment, including commissioned works for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. He is the co-editor of the primary text within the field: Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace: Development in Theory, Research, and Practice (Second Edition, 2011) (with Ståle Einarsen, DieterZapf and Cary Cooper). Recently, Helge has embarked on an inter-disciplinary agenda, contributing to a broadening of the bullying research agenda beyond organisational and social psychology, into the disciplines of sociology, law and industrial relations, which has resulted in several articles in leading international journals such British Journal of Industrial Relations; Human Relations; Work, Employment & Society  and European Journal of Organisational Relations.
His most recent research is associated with sexual orientation and sexuality in the workplace, where he is currently Principal Investigator of a three-year ESRC-sponsored study of ‘Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual employees’ experience of discrimination, bullying and harassment at work.
He is the Director of the University of Manchester Fairness at Work Research Centre (FairWRC), which has been established to develop cross-disciplinary research within five related research themes: dignity at work; gender and diversity; workplace health, stress and well-being; voice and representation; pay, working time, HRM.


Research interests

He has been one of the UK's most active researchers in the field of bullying and harassment for a decade and has written, edited or contributed to a number of books, book chapters, academic articles and commissioned reports. Among his publications are "Workplace bullying: What we know, who is to blame and what can we do" (with Rayner & Cooper) and "Bullying and emotional abuse in the workplace: International perspectives on research and practice" (co-edited with Einarsen, Zapf and Cooper). He has also written or co-produced several reports for the International Labour Office (ILO, Geneva) and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Working and Living Conditions on issues related to stress, violence and harassment. Together with other colleagues at the Manchester Business School he is actively involved in developing multi-disciplinary research within the area of 'harassment and bullying' and 'wellbeing and dignity at work'.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Healthier Futures


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