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GRP Annual Conference 2022 - Speakers Page

Professor Steven Dhondt (TNO, University of Leuven)

Steven has a doctoral degree in social sciences and is currently senior researcher at TNO and a professor at the University of Leuven (Belgium). His main focus is on the impacts of the newest technologies on organisational and work practices. He coordinates at TNO the Smart Working-research programme, developing insights on the impacts of robotics and digitisation on organisational practices. Smart Working means new practices in organisations and society, building on smart systems and smart employees. He sees it as his challenge to find this connection. He also believes workplace innovation is the only way to achieve this smart connection. Next to his research work, he coordinated the European learning network on Workplace Innovation (EUWIN) for the European Commission (DG GROW) over the past four years and is the scientific coordinator of the multi-annual Belgian SBO Paradigms4.0, the H2020 Beyond4.0 and H2020 GI-NI projects.

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Carla Toro (Deputy-Director of Warwick Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing, Warwick Manufacturing Group)

Carla Toro studied for her PhD in Neuroscience and continued as a Research Fellow at the Neuroscience and Psychiatry Unit, University of Manchester investigating disease mechanisms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder (for published articles see: Carla Toro publications).
Carla's current research includes acting as Work Package Lead for Warwick Pilot Mental Health Interventions (part of the Midlands Engine funded Mental Health and Productivity Pilot) and co-investigator in the Warwick RECOVERS study. Carla is also Deputy Director for the Warwick Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research. Carla's teaching experience includes 7 years as Programme Director for MSc in Translational Medicine and MSc Molecular Medicine at Cranfield University and Associate Lecturer on the MSc Mental Health Sciences programme at The Open University. Carla is currently Assessment Lead for BSc Digital Healthcare Science and Academic Lead for Behavioural Sciences teaching. Carla is Senior Tutor supporting students on WMG-UG Programmes and chairs the WMG-UG Mitigating Circumstances panel.
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Meike Brodersen (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

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Meike Brodersen is a sociologist specialising in spatial mobilities, digitalisation, and automation in changing working worlds based on multi-site ethnographies. She completed her thesis on precarious and vocational work entitled “Working mobility – between parkings lots and particles. Space-time tensions in contemporary work.” at the METICES Research centre. Meike Brodersen holds degrees from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the IEP Toulouse and the University of Passau. She teaches an MA course on Sociology of Work at ULB. As a post-doctoral fellow, she is pursuing research projects at Halmstad University and the Université Libre de Bruxelles, notably the SEAD project on Sustainable Employment in the Age of Digitalisation, where she focuses on work and employment conditions, individual biographies and collective mobilisation in platform work. Meike Brodersen is particularly interested in contrasting narratives on automation and connectivity with situated practices and imaginaries through multi-method ethnographic research. She has extensive experience coordinating and conducting applied, interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder research projects.

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Lee Barron (TUC)

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