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People at Work

Work is a big part of our lives. No one should have to suffer or become ill from his or her work. On the contrary, work should enrich our lives and promote good health. No matter where our workplace is, the surrounding physical, social and organizational environments, as well as the technical systems that are involved, will affect us.

Ergonomics and aerosol technology have a broad spectrum of different research areas that aim to understand and improve the work environment. The research is extensive and is often carried out in a larger context – one that is multidisciplinary. The research is done together with other experts such as epidemiologists, medical doctors, psychologists and social scientists. Different methods and approaches including laboratory studies, observation studies, questionnaires and action research are also part of the approach.

The division study the challenges that Swedish trade and industry face, examples being new forms of employment, digitalization, climate change and new technology like LED lighting, and several laboratories are available for studies on lighting, thermal climate, usability and virtual reality. 

Explore the research laboratories on the Design Sciences website.

Research in focus

Research in focus in the area of People at Work:

  • Centre for Healthy Indoor Environments, CHIE
  • Glare free and flicker-free lighting, VeramAPP
  • Adaptations and steps to combat climate change
  • Thermal climate indoors and in working life, ClimApp, HealShield
  • Limitless working life
  • Activity-based workplaces
  • Leadership
  • Home-help and home healthcare services
  • Teamwork

UN Global goals

The research in People at Work is linked to UN Global Goals, which are described on the Design Science's website:

  • Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being
  • Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Goal 13 – Climate Action

Researcher profiles – in the Lund University research portal

Chemical and Physical Exposures in Work Environments
Anders Gudmundsson, Professor

Indoor Environments
Aneta Wierzbicka, Senior Lecturer

Thermal Environment and Health Effects of Climate Change
Chuansi Gao, Senior Lecturer

Working Life and Work Organization
Jonas Borell, Senior Lecturer

Interaction Design
Susanne Frennert, Senior Lecturer

Human Factors, Teamwork and Work Organization
Christofer Rydenfält, Associate Senior Lecturer

Lighting and Work Load Ergonomics
Hillevi Hemphälä, Associate Senior Lecturer

Usability Studies
Joakim Eriksson, Research Engineer

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