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Human Work Science - the work, organisation and society of the future

Published: 11 May 2011

The research group Human Work Science is part of the Division Humans and Technology. Since 1974, we have conducted research and education within human work science in both technical and social science sectors.

The research is interdisciplinary, with close cooperation between engineers and sociologists. Many research projects are carried out together with the other research topics in the Division of Humans and Technology or other research groups, both nationally and internationally. Some of the projects are theoretical, while others are more applied. The projects are often need-driven, conducted in collaboration with stakeholders in the society. The research deals with industrial companies, service companies and other organizations and stakeholders in the private, public and voluntary sectors. We currently have projects in the areas of mining, construction, manufacturing, health care and secondary and vocational education. Our research is funded by various governmental research funds, sometimes with partial funding from businesses and other organizations. We also have projects funded by the EU (Horizon 2020).

Postgraduate education is a high priority and so far Human Work Sciences has examined 104 doctors. Our PhD-students typically work in one or more of our research projects and write her/his articles and thesis as part of this.

Our teaching in the master of science program in Industrial Design Engineering deals with production design with a human work science base, i.e. development of technology and organization for sustainable and efficient production systems with good work environment. We also have bachelor and master programs in sociology (with specializations in human work science, HRM and investigation). We also do commissioned programs in several of our areas.