Gunnela Westlander’s professional interests reflect her background in applied social psychology. Since the late 1960s, she has devoted herself to research in the work sciences, focusing principally on the social-psychological perspectives of work designs, production techniques, computer use and organizational changes. She has held faculty positions at Stockholm University since 1974 and became associate professor of the Department of Psychology in 1977. From 1984 to 1995 she was professor and director of the Division of Social and Organizational Psychology at Sweden’s National Institute of Occupational Health. Then, in 1996, she became professor emerita.
Professor Westlander has had extensive experience as a researcher, teacher, educator, adviser, and author in the field of the social psychology of working life. From the 1970s onward she provides instruction, guidance and supervision, at the Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and the University of Stockholm. She has held a number of expert assignments and served as both member and chairwoman for granting committees in Sweden and Norway.