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Centre for Research in Employment, Skills & Society (CRESS)

Welcome to CRESS – the Centre for Research in Employment, Skills & Society. Established in 2008, CRESS is home to research led by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers with backgrounds in economics, psychology, human resource management, organisational behaviour, and industrial relations.

CRESS is dedicated to carrying out research relevant to employment and the organisation of work.  Recent themes of CRESS research include employee happiness and wellbeing, education and skills, careers, personality and labour market outcomes, the psychology of managerial decision making, cross-cultural analysis of strategic decision making, equality and diversity, labour unions, employment relations, leadership, and public service motivation.

We are also home to the Kingston Employee Engagement Consortium (KEEC), which offers practical advice and consultancy services on employee engagement and wellbeing.  The consortium has been funded by the University, its member companies, including Amey plc, Veolia plc, Mace Ltd and Birmingham City Council, and the CIPD.
If you are interested in joining the Employee Engagement Consortium or to work on collaborative research projects with members of the CRESS team, please contact us at

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CRESS Events

  • There are currently no seminars planned, upcoming seminars will be listed here when finalised.