Research group on Psychosocial risks, Organization of Work And Health (POWAH)

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    Edifici M

    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)


Organisation profile

Organisation profile

The research group on psychosocial risks, work organization and health of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (POWAH-UAB) is a multidisciplinary group composed by sociologists, biostatisticians and public health professionals from the faculty of medicine and the faculty of political science and sociology. We are a small but very active group, with permanent links with trade unions and other research groups in the health and social sciences fields, at national and international level. We have taken part in the core team responsible for the adaptation and validation of the three versions of the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ) in Spain, -a tool for the assessment and improvement of the psychosocial work environment changing working conditions-; in the Spanish psychosocial risks surveys (2005, 2010 and 2016); or the two versions of the COTS survey (2020, 2021) with the aim to describe the working conditions and health status of the wage-earners workers in the COVID context in Spain.

Research lines

  • Research lines:
  • Exposure to psychosocial occupational risks and their effects on the health of workers
  • Occupational health
  • Participatory intervention processes for the prevention of psychosocial risks
  • Presenteeism due to illness
  • Social inequalities in occupational health

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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