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ESREA Network on Working Life and Learning Research



Sandra Bohlinger, Dresden University of Technology, Germany, sandra.bohlinger[at]tu-dresden.de

Christian Helms Jørgensen, Roskilde University, Denmark, cjhj[at]ruc.dk

Ola Lindberg, Umeå University, Sweden, ola.lindberg[at]umu.se

Hanna Toiviainen, University of Tampere, Finland, hanna.toiviainen[at]uta.fi

Andreas Wallo, Linköping University, Sweden, andreas.wallo[at]liu.se


Aim and Research Themes:

The field of working life and learning is interdisciplinary and complex, and it opens up for a plurality of topics, as well as theoretical and methodological approaches. The network, thus, aims to gather researchers from different perspectives and traditions to enhance critical research, knowledge creation and sharing of experiences about the working life and learning.


Today the network consists of three themes:


1) Workplace Learning

The workplace is one of the important arenas for learning, identity formulation and professional development in adult life. This theme focuses on research on experience and learning in the workplace, work as learning environment, work environment, and the quality and collective development efforts of work processes in ever more complex partnerships and networks, as well as on the wider significance of work for adult learning.


2) Human Resource Development (HRD) and Leadership

The organization is an arena where the competence of individuals and groups may be applied and developed. This theme focuses on research on organizational structures, cultures, actors (e.g. managers/leaders and HR-professionals), and activities that facilitate learning and (career) development in different contexts. Specifically, this theme is oriented towards research on different forms of leadership (individual and/or collective) in relation to learning in organizations.


3) Vocational Education and Training (VET)

The VET systems can be linked with formal, non-formal, or informal learning, and it is structured e.g. in terms of initial, professional, continuing and work-based education and training. This theme focuses on research on the diversity of systems, structures and types of vocational education and training, as well as on transitions into and out of the labour market.



The network arranges seminars and conferences approximately every other year.


Recent Publications:

Bohlinger, S., Haake, U., Helms Jørgensen, C., Toivianen, H., and Wallo, A. (Eds.). (2015). Working and learning in times of uncertainty. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.


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