The mission of the Optentia Research Unit is to develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with a specific interest in the African context. The research unit utilises the inputs from multiple disciplines: Economics, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Philosophy, Psychology (Work and Organisational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Counselling Psychology, and Clinical Psychology), Risk Management, Social Anthropology, Social Work, and Sociology. We study the optimisation of the potential of people and institutions by focusing on pathways from precarity to capability and optimal functioning.

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Research Collaboration with Ghent University

The Optentia Research Unit is currently hosting Kim Dierckx, a researcher from Ghent University. Kim is working on an international collaborative research project between the Depart...Read article

Ageing in Africa given a boost by Optentia duo

Optentia is proud to announce that Prof Jaco Hoffman, Ageing and Generational Dynamics programme leader, and Extraordinary Professor Isabella Aboderin (Director, Perivoli Africa Research Centre, University of Bristol), together wi...Read article

The Dynamic and Fascinating World of Work

The third edition of the book “Work and Organizational Psychology” (Prof Ian Rothmann and Prof Cary Cooper) was published on 22 March 2022.

This book offers a comprehensive and up-to-date analysis of the dyn...Read article

Diverse talents and skills come together at Optentia

Diversity and inclusion have always been important topics in the Optentia Research Unit. Recently, a diverse team was formed to collaborate on a public...Read article

Newsletter, April 2022

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Symposium: SNAC
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