Hannes Zacher, PhD
Hannes Zacher received his PhD in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Giessen (Germany) in 2009, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development in Bremen (Germany) from 2009 to 2010. He currently works as a lecturer (equivalent to assistant professor) in the School of Psychology at The University of Queensland in Brisbane (Australia). He is affiliated with the School of Psychology’s Centre for Organizational Psychology, the Centre for Research in Social Psychology, and the Psychological Aspects of Ageing Research Cluster.
The aim of Hannes’ research is to combine theories from industrial-organizational and lifespan psychology to gain a better understanding of the role of age and successful aging in the work and organizational context. His research activities have focused on older employees’ occupational future time perspective, generativity, and relationships between age and performance, creativity, leadership, and entrepreneurship. He has also investigated the impact of life-phase specific opportunities and challenges faced by older employees such as eldercare responsibilities, informal mentoring roles, and the transition to retirement.
Hannes has conducted numerous empirical studies with employees in large and medium-sized organizations, with people in leadership and managerial roles, with small and family business owners, and with older job seekers. He has published his findings in international top journals in the areas of organizational and lifespan psychology, including Psychology and Aging, Ageing & Society, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Leadership Quarterly, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. He also co-authored a book chapter on the recruitment of older workers in Hedge and Borman’s Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging (2012; with Lievens and Hoye).
Hannes currently holds two nationally competitive grants from the Australian Research Council, including a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award program focused on intergenerational demands as a double-edged sword in the work context. As part of his work, he collaborates with work and aging researchers in Australia, the United States, and several European countries. More information on his work can be found on the following website: http://www.psy.uq.edu.au/directory/index.html?id=1776#show_Activities