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The Centre for Sustainable Working Life

School of Business, Economics and Informatics
Birkbeck, University of London


 The Centre for Sustainable Working Life (CSWL) is a school-level research centre in the School of Business, Economics and Informatics at Birkbeck, University of London.

We are focused on the sustainability of working life through the development of healthy and resilient working people, as well as healthy, safe and resilient organisations and communities.

About Aims

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Centre Aims

The Centre for Sustainable Working Life focuses on applied research, information dissemination and research related training in its area of concern. More specifically, the Centre seeks to:

  • To promote concern for sustainability in working life;
  • To develop world-class applied research in the area of sustainable working life;
  • To harvest, evaluate and disseminate information on sustainable working life;
  • To provide research-related education and training in this area;
  • To translate research findings into recommendations for policy and practice.
What is sustainability

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability is about:

  • The longer term rather than short term fixes;
  • Enduring in the face of challenge and adversity;
  • Coping, adaptation and resilience.

Sustainability carries us into the future with some certainty.

Sustainability is not about standing firm in the face of change: Adapting to and coping with change are critical to sustainability.

Health is a crucial issue for sustainability: the health of individuals and the healthiness of their communities and work organisations and the wider context.


Sustainable Working Life
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Sustainable Working Life

Sustainable working life is being able to maintain effective work, work organisations and working life in the face of challenge and adversity.

Health and also safety and security are central and critical considerations:

  • Protecting and promoting health and safety at work;
  • Developing individual health and safety and promoting the healthiness and security of communities and work organisations;
  • Ensuring work engagement for those who are challenged building resilient individuals and systems;
  • Providing adequate and appropriate health and care services and support;
  • Framing the above with appropriate and adequate policies and practices through the translation of research into policy and practice.

It involves not just individuals, but also their families and social groups, their communities and work organisations, their societies and cultures, and the prevailing economic, political and societal environments.


Research Areas

Our research interests encompass the following four areas


The Centre for Sustainable Working Life

Birkbeck University of London
Room 210, Clore Management Centre
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX


TWITTER: @cswl_bbk

PHONE: +44 (0) 207 631 6340

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