[research gate]







[research group]



[major areas]

  • Social Psychology of Work

  • Clinics of work


  • Develop studies on psychosocial mechanisms involved in the production of sense and meaning in work (meaning-making process), their nature, dimensions, determinants, and consequences

guiding assumptions]

  • Work as action mediated semiotically (symbolic and material aspects), and aimed at the transformation of reality and of the subject him/herself (subject-activity-real) (see reference)

  • Meaning-making process in work consisting of three dimensions: sense, meaning, and activity (the latter understood as a system made up of: subject, object, tools, rules / norms, division of labor, culture) (see reference)

  • Sense and meaning supported by two essential psychological processes: of individual appropriation of a collective genre (culture, ordained representations, discourses); and of externalization of repertoires, content, processes, genres, through stylization (personal leeway within the ordained systems of meaning) (see reference 1)(see reference 2)

  • Sense and meaning as resources for the action (performance) and constitution of the subject (psychological function of work) (see reference)

  • Polysemy of the sense and meanings of work; variety of historical and social forms of working; plurality of signification arrangements (see reference)

[core issues]

  • Investigate the psychosocial implications of a work devoid of meaningfulness, emptied or "impeded", and lack of work (unemployment, retirement), developing appropriate psychosocial intervention strategies (see reference 1)(see reference 2)

  • Analyze mechanisms underlying the production of sense and meaning in activities that take place in contexts not characterized by formal employment - for example: work in the world of art and culture; and "dirty work" (see reference 1) and (see reference 2)

  • Investigate situations that require subjective reinterpretation of work, due to the processes of transformation of work activity, exploring their characteristics and consequences, both individually and collectively, supporting interventions (e.g.: concerning identity, performance, the activity impeded) (see reference 1) (see reference 2)

[methodological orientation]

  • Multimethod research designs


[ongoing researches] [uptates, see "research group" - in portuguese]