Robert KarasekRobert Karasek

Founder and Director at Øresund Synergy

Professor, Department of Work Environment and Director of JCQ Center. University of Massachusetts Lowell (Boston), and Professor Emeritus, Copenhagen University, Institut for Psykologi, Denmark

He is the author of the Demand/Control model for job stress risk analysis, and of Conducive Production Value model for active, participative, skilled-based, innovative work organization. He has both pioneered, and contributed for many years to epidemiological research in the field of psychosocial occupational stress and chronic disease.  He recently developed systems deregulation-based explanation of stress and chronic disease (Stress-Disequilibrium Theory and Prevention-Only Treatable Disease), and currently also researches in the area of political economic implications of psychosocial work design.  He is author of the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) and coordinates its current extensive international user network. He is author of Healthy Work (Basic Books 1990) with Töres Theorell - reflecting the themes above - and is author of over 70 other academic journal articles and publications, and is recipient of APA/NIOSH Lifetime Achievement Award for work stress research.  He was originally educated as an architect (Princeton, U of Penn), and after a Fulbright scholarship to Sweden, transitioned to work sociology (MIT PhD) - and has researched and lived for many years in both Denmark and Sweden, as well as in the US.  He has been employed as professor at Columbia Univ., Univ. of S. California, Copenhagen Univ., and Univ. of Mass. Lowell.



Healthy Work: Stress, Productivity, and the Reconstruction Of Working Life. Robert A Karasek & Tores Theorell