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Mari Kira

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Mari Kira’s academic career spans two continents and four countries. Currently, she is an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, where she teaches organizational psychology, and a docent of organizational behavior at the Aalto University School of Science, Finland. Earlier, she worked as a senior researcher in the Work and Organizational Psychology group at Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany, and she wrote her PhD thesis at Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Kira’s research focuses on sustainable work, i.e., on work that promotes the growth of employees’ personal and professional resources.

While adding to individuals’ psychological well-being and resilience, sustainable work also contributes to human development required when facing the present ecological, social, and economic sustainability challenges. In her research, Kira has conceptually modeled sustainability in contemporary work organization and empirically explored the conditions for sustainable work. Her current research focuses on identities at work and how both identity affirming work experiences and adversities challenging identities can foster employees’ psychological growth and sustainability. Mari Kira is a member of the editorial board of Human Resource Management Review.

Ph.D. Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Key Issues

Faculty Projects

  • Positive Organizational Work Experiences as an Antidote to Poverty and Exploitation The project: Work can be a vehicle for dehumanization of workers — think human trafficking, or even legitimate opportunities that use workers as commodities. Moreover, in vulnerable populations in particular, the realities of housing, transportation, or childcare may serve as critical barriers to employment. This project aimed to to study how positive organizations instill work with […]