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Sharon Clarke


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Prof. Sharon Clarke PhD is a full Professor in Organisational Psychology. She gained a First Class Honours degree in Psychology (1990) and a PhD (1993) from the University of Manchester. She has published widely in the area of safety culture and safety leadership, including articles published in some of the top international journals for organisational psychology and safety science (including Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and Risk Analysis). In addition, she has co-authored the books 'Managing the Risk of Workplace Stress' with Professor Cary L. Cooper (Routledge, 2004) and 'Human Safety and Risk Management, 2e' with Professors Ian Glendon and Eugene McKenna (CRC Press, 2006). Her most recent book 'Human Safety and Risk Management: A Psychological Perspective' with A. Ian Glendon (CRC Press) was published in 2015. Her research features regularly at leading conferences (e.g., US Academy of Management, and US Society of Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference). She is currently Editor-in-Chief at the APA Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. She gave the Keynote at the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP) conference in 2022 and was awarded a lifetime fellowship by EAOHP at the conference. She has received significant external funding from research councils (e.g., EPSRC), Cabinet Office, IOSH, ACAS and public bodies (e.g., HSE, ONR), and is currently joint PI on a University-funded large collaborative research grant.

Research interests

Prof Sharon Clarke has research interests in health and safety at work, particularly safety climate and safety leadership. She also has an interest in occupational health psychology more broadly, including occupational stress, health and well-being.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Thomas Ashton Institute
  • Work and Equalities Institute
  • Digital Futures
  • Healthier Futures


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