In recent years, a new movement has emerged within organizational psychology, transposing the established principles of the field onto arenas of more pressing humanitarian need, including the humanitarian treatment of all workers in all work settings. Humanitarian Work Psychology (HWP) stretches the parameters of the discipline to focus on regions, communities, and groups of workers that can potentially benefit most from its research and insights.
Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Global Development Agenda is the first book to provide a collection of case studies of HWP in action. Edited by some of the leading scholars in the field, it benchmarks HWP against the developmental goals set out by the United Nations at the start of the century as the most pressing issues of our age, ranging from the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and the achievement of universal primary education, to gender equality and empowerment, the reduction of child mortality, greater environmental sustainability and global partnership-building.
Including findings from interventions conducted in Nigeria, India, Ghana, Hong Kong and Sierra Leone, the book examines how the latest research from organizational psychology can be used to support people working in developing economies, as well as in humanitarian work itself. The collection concludes with a section on how this exciting new field will develop in the future, particularly in reference to the forthcoming United Nations goals for global sustainable development.
Humanitarian Work Psychology and the Global Development Agenda will be a fascinating read not only for all students and researchers of Organizational Psychology, but also those working and studying in the related fields of Development Studies, Environmental Sustainability, International Politics and International Economics.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 18 mm
`The book illustrates the important contributions humanitarian work psychology can make to enhancing human welfare. The case studies provide concrete examples of meaningful applications in a wide variety of international settings. Highly recommended for I-O psychologists who want to have a positive impact on global development efforts.'
- Virginia E. Schein, Department of Management, Gettysburg College, USA.
`This inspirational book represents the coming of age of a crucial field in the global policy area, offers excellent applications and cases contributing to the Millennium Development Goals, and provides insightful analysis of psychosocial processes in work and humanitarian organizations. I look forward to discussing the book with my students, who are eager to discover new challenging territories for our discipline.'
- Jose M. Peiro, Faculty of Psychology, University of Valencia, Spain.