Special Issue "Sustainable Healthy Working Life for All Ages—Work Environment, Age Management and Employability"

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Nilsson
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Guest Editor
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University, 221 00 Lund, Sweden & Division of Public Health, Kristianstad University, SE-291 88 Kristianstad, Sweden
Interests: sustainable working life for all ages, public health, health promotion and prevention, work environment, work organisations, age management, age discrimination, employability
Dr. Tove Midtsundstad
Guest Editor
Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, 0608 Oslo, Norway
Interests: pension systems and pension policy; retirement behaviour; age and work; age management; health promotion and prevention; lifelong learning
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Prof. Dr. Peter Lundqvist
Guest Editor
Department of People and Society, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Box 88, S, 230 53 Alnarp, Sweden
Interests: health and safety; social sustainability in agriculture
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Prof. Dr. Joanne Crawford
Guest Editor
School of Health, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
Interests: occupational health and safety; age and work; ergonomics and work design
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Prof. Nygård Clas-Håkan
Guest Editor
Health Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University, PB 100, FI-33014, Finland
Interests: occupational health; aging and work; occupational gerontology; strain at work; work ability and promotion of health and work ability; ergonomics
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The proportion of elderly citizens is continuously increasing in most of the industrial world [1–3]. The current demographic trend is characterised by increased longevity and lower fertility rates and is leading to an increasingly ageing population. The retirement age in many countries is being postponed in order to adapt the economic and budgetary implications of increased longevity to the new demographic distribution. Older people are encouraged to keep working and to participate in the labour force for as long as possible [1–3]. The demographic situation stresses the importance of factors that motivate older employees and self-employed individuals to keep working and to maintain their employability until an older age, as well as the organisations and enterprises to care for their employees’ employability until an age older than the one considered, so far, the retirement age [4–7].

Against this backdrop, the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is announcing a Special Issue titled “Sustainable Healthy Working Life for All Ages—Work Environment, Age Management and Employability”. This Special Issue will provide an outlet for research contributing to the development of our theoretical and practical knowledge in these domains influencing people’s working life.

We are interested in scientific analyses, case studies, or interventions that generate original and innovative insights into the proposed topic and focus on the nine determinants of a healthy and sustainable working life for all ages, identified in the swAge-model [4,5], which are:

1) self-rated health, diagnoses, functional diversity

2) physical work environment

3) mental work environment

4) work schedule, work pace, time for recuperation

5) personal finances, work ability, employability

6) personal social environment and work–life balance

7) work social environment, discrimination, leadership and age management

8) motivation, stimulation and satisfaction with work tasks

9) knowledge, skills, competence

The “Sustainable Healthy Working Life for All Ages—Work Environment, Age Management and Employability ” Special Issue is jointly organized between “Sustainability” and “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health” journals. Authors in the Special Issue can submit their papers to “Sustainability” or “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health”.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Kind regards

Prof. Dr.  Kerstin Nilsson
Dr. Tove Midtsundstad
Prof. Dr. Peter Lundqvist
Prof. Dr. Joanne Crawford
Prof. Dr. Clas-Håkan Nygård


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  5. Nilsson K. A sustainable working life for all ages – The swAge-model. Applied Ergonomics 2020; 103082: 1-27. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003687018305313?dgcid=author
  6. Fleuren BP. de Grip A. Jansen NWH. Kant I. Zijlstra FRH. Unshrounding the Sphere from Clouds: Towards a Comprehensive Conceptual Framework for Sustainable Employability. Sustainability. 2020;12:6366. doi:10.33909/su12166366.
  7. Van der Klink JJL. Bültmann U. Burdorf A. Schaufeli WB. Zijlstra FRH. Abma FI. BRouwer S. van der Wilt GJ. Sustainable employability – definition, conceptualization, and implications: A perspective based on the capability approach. Scand J Work Environment Health. 2016;42(1):71-79.

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