The WALC research initiative is led by passionate researchers and professionals with backgrounds in organisational psychology, management, health, human resources, cognition, among other. They are working together to understand and transform work, so that we all can have more meaningful, healthy and thriving careers and lives.

Sharon K Parker

Professor Sharon K Parker
Director WALC research

Sharon is the Director of the Work Across Life & Careers research (WALC). She is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Professor of Organisational Behavior at Curtin University. Her research focuses on job and work design, and she is also interested in proactive behavior, change, well-being, development, and job performance. She has published more than 80 internationally refereed articles, including in top tier journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and the Annual Review of Psychology.


Caroline Knight, PhD

Caroline’s research focuses on the role and effectiveness of interventions to increase work engagement in organisations, however, other projects include investigating depression in the workplace and the motivations of sports volunteers. Caroline has engaged widely with organisations, including the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, and Sheffield City Council, with whom she worked for a period of months as a researcher and consultant on a project to increase employee engagement.


Daniela Andrei, PhD

Daniela completed all her studies at Babes-Bolyai University in Romania where she obtained a PhD and a Bachelor degree in Psychology, as well as a Master degree in Human Resources Psychology and Marketing. Starting with 2008, she also worked as an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department of the same university, lecturing and teaching seminars in Work Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Organizational Psychology.  During this time, she also acquired extensive consulting experience having worked as a senior research expert in several Human Resources Development projects co-funded by the European Social Fund.