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Camera crew at research dissemination event

On Friday 23 June the School hosted a TEDx-style event at Durham’s Radisson Blu hotel to consider the future of work in the post-pandemic era. Faculty from the School delivered a series of short talks related to the theme and based upon their research into work areas.

Over 50 fellow academics, students and industry practitioners attended the event to listen to the insights and share their experiences.

Professor Olga Epitropaki, Deputy Executive Dean (Research) welcomed the assembled delegates along with Professor Susanne Braun and Dr Peter Hamilton, respective directors of the two research centres - Leadership and Followership and Organisations and Society - who were joint organisers of the event.

After the welcome Elena Papadopoulou, TEDx Ambassador, expertly introduced the presenters in the two themed areas being covered in the morning sessions. The day started by considering Trending post-pandemic work issues, such as future work trends, dignity at work and ESG, that were covered by Professor Martyna Śliwa, Dr Peter Hamilton and Dr Anna Tilba. In the second session - An inclusive and connected world - impostorism, equality and diversity, trust, and leadership in hybrid working conditions were the issues covered Professor Susanne Braun, Dr Mariann Hardey, Professor Bart de Jong and Professor Olga Epitropaki.

Professor Epitropaki said, “We’ve witnessed dramatic and speedy change in the world of work over the last five years and there is no sign of this slowing down. In fact, with developments in areas such as Artificial Intelligence we could be looking at even more impactful changes in society, with even more important need for our leaders to understand how to manage this in their organisations.

Today’s event has allowed our faculty to disseminate impactful research-based and evidence-based insights about the future of work with representatives from industry. Through the roundtables and practitioner panel we have had the opportunity to engage in an open discussion about the future challenges and opportunities we face in the world of work.”

The practitioner’s panel in the afternoon was one of the highlights and was supported by Aneela Ali, Executive Director, North East Chamber of Commerce, Paul Butler, CEO, North East Automotive Alliance and Anne-Marie Lister, Atom Bank’s Chief People Office

Attendees judged the event to be a great success with delegates commenting on how informative and thought-provoking the sessions had been. Recordings of the sessions will be made available shortly through the School’s website and social media channels.

Similar events on a range of other important topics are being planned. To find out more about these please bookmark the School’s events page or register your interest with the Research team by emailing

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