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Work Research Centre (WRC)

 Contact details
Contact personDr. Richard Wynne
Director 
Street3 Sundrive Road, Kimmage 
Address 14 - Dublin (Ireland) 
Phone+353-1-4927042 
EmailShow Email
Webwww.wrc-research.ie
Social Media+353-1-4927046
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)11-25 
Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Psychology
» Sociology
» Other social sciences
» Statistics
» Health sciences
» Public affairs
» Other applied sciences

 Brief description of your activity focus
Policy and applied research in work and health, occupational health, older workers, disability, labour market, workplace health promotion.

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Richard Wynne (PhD.) was educated in Trinity College Dublin, and has worked in the area of occupational psychology as a researcher and consultant since 1981. He is a founder Director of the Work Research Centre (1988), prior to which he worked as a researcher with the Irish Foundation for Human Development. Within the WRC he is responsible for projects in the areas of workplace health and wellbeing, workplace related disability issues and diversity management. His work in the health field reflects his interest in structural features of the workplace as they affect health and wellbeing. He has completed a major study of innovative health practices in eight EU countries for the European Foundation (DG-V). Other projects in this area include drafting guidelines to prevent violence at the workplace for the European Commission, the development of a European methodology for establishing health promotion in the workplace, and a study of new approaches to health in the workplace.

Other work concerns the description of stress processes in the workplace and the development of comprehensive stress management plans for a range of professional groups.

He is a founder member of the European Network for Workplace Health Promotion and he has been the Irish representative to the network since its inception in 1996.

He also lectures extensively on workplace stress, health promotion at work and health and safety for agencies such as University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, Nottingham University and the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health. He has published widely in these areas, both nationally and internationally.

Recent work includes examining return to work strategies for long term work disabled people, examining the relationship between occupational health services and the policies relating to employability, undertaking case studies of workplace health promotion in SMEs and developing policy responses to emerging EU policies in the area of workplace health promotion and health and safety. He has been the manager responsible for the Leonardo project DiManT, which is developing training and implementation tools for diversity management in the workplace. He has also been involved in projects on the issue of stress related absence from work (Stress Impact), the employment of people with disabilities (Optiwork) and examining how social exclusion is caused by chronic illness.

Current and recent work includes leading a Leonardo project on developing training for HR managers in relation to return to work practices. He is also acting as course director for a Romanian Leonardo project on developing WHP training for occupational health physicians and participates in a Belgian project on integrated workplace health management for older workers. He plays a major role in the DG Research project ProMenPol – Promoting Mental Health Policy in workplaces, schools and older people’s homes and is an adviser to and partner in MentHealthWork, the current ENWHP initiative which deals with good practices in mental health promotion at the workplace.

He currently manages two projects in the mental health promotion area – T-MHP and MHP-Hands.

He has and continues to work in the area of evaluation. Recent work in this area include the evaluation of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions extensive websites and he is currently leading a project which is evaluating user satisfaction with their communications strategy. Other relevant evaluation work relates to a range of EU projects in areas such as labour market programmes for older workers in the New Member States and projects in the area of diversity management in health care settings.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Demographic changes
» How indicators are used in policy

 Project participation
 
Project #1
Project TypeFP6
FunctionPartner
Project TitlePromoting and Protecting Mental Health- Supporting policy through the integration of research, current approaches and practices.
AcronymProMenPol
Specific ThemeMental health in schools, workplaces and older peoples residences
Project websitewww.mentalhealthpromotion.net
CoordinatorBAUA Germany

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
I have extensive research experience for more than 20 years at national and especially international levels. I have worked with partners in all EU member states and I have acted as both a project initiator and leader and partner in more than 100 projects.

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