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Centre for Transformative Work Design

Innovative research. Informed leaders. Inspired workers.

The Centre for Transformative Work Design (CTWD) is a Research Centre where passionate organisational psychology researchers and professionals are working together to transform work under the directorship of Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Professor Sharon K. Parker.

We conduct high quality, independent and innovative research to understand the role of work design in generating healthy and productive work.

Through the Centre’s Collaboratory, we work with managers, employees and policy makers to foster the design of work that creates healthier lives, unlocks human capability and supports a skilled economy.

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Good Work Design Makes Life Better

Our vision in the Centre is to transform work, through work design, to
create better lives for workers, better results for organisations, and better outcomes for all in society.

Key Research Streams

1. Future work challenges

What is the role of work design in delivering the benefits (or mitigating against the detriments) of radical change occurring in work and society?

2. How work design transforms individuals

What is the role of work design in accelerating individual learning and development, including enhancing brain plasticity and preventing cognitive decline? 

3. How does work design transform teams and organisations?

How can work design enable coordinated agility within and across
teams to achieve teams that are both efficient and innovative?


4. The antecedents of good work design

How do we achieve good work designs in organisations?


5. Organisations and the mature workforce

Against the backdrop of an aging workforce, what work designs and
cultures support attract and retain mature workers?


6. Healthy Work

How does work design affect employees’ mental health, work stress,
and well-being, both in the short term and in the longer term?

Future of Work Institute

The CTWD is housed in the Future of Work Institute at Curtin University. The Future of Work Institute (FOWI) promotes productive and meaningful work as essential foundations of a healthy economy and society.

It focuses on how people contribute to and benefit from new knowledge and practices. Its mission is to support thriving people and organisations in the digital age. 

The Collaboratory

The Collaboratory is where the Centre engages with workers, employers, managers, policy makers, and the community around our research. Amongst other activities, the Collaboratory generates important resources about work design for educators, researchers, managers, workers, and the community.


Some ways in which the Collaboratory might assist your organisation include running training and development workshops, diagnosing work design issues and creating interventions, developing assessment tools and leadership development coaching.


Our Partners

Industry Partners

The Centre works with industry partners across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. 

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Research Partners

The Centre is part of the Future of Work Institute and collaborates with other research partners in order to fulfill its vision of transforming society through the implementation of good work design principles. 

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