September 4th – 7th, 2024

The 4th Transdisciplinary Workplace Research (TWR) Conference

The Transdisciplinary Workplace Research (TWR) network is an eclectic group of scholars and practitioners who share one goal: to contribute to the design and management of workplaces where people work to their full potential and experience high levels of mental and physical wellbeing.

Social, physical, technological and management issues merge to make this field of research truly transdisciplinary.

Edinburgh Napier University is delighted to be hosting the TWR Conference, from 4-7 September 2024, at our beautifully located Craiglockhart Campus in Edinburgh, Scotland. All academics, researchers, students and professionals interested in workplace matters are welcome. We can’t wait to see you there.


Revised Paper Submission open

Congratulations to those who have had their papers accepted! The deadline for revised paper submission is the 12th July 2024. A presentation based on this paper should also be prepared, you will be contacted with more details. New this year is that we will also allow short, 5-minute presentations, based on abstract-only submissions.

The deadline for early bird registration discount is also the same date, so remember to get your tickets paid.


Important dates
for the diary

Nov 24
Deadline for abstract submission
Dec 15
Communication of acceptance
Apr 19
Apr 5
Extended deadline for paper submission
May 31
Review of papers back to the authors
July 12
Deadline for revised paper submission and early bird registration
Sept 4-7
TWR Conference

Preliminary Program





9:00 TWR Board Meeting

9:00 Keynote
Professor Matt Tucker
Liverpool John Moores University

9:00 Keynote10:30 Post conference event
Informal get-together11:00 Parallel sessions11:00 Parallel sessions 
14:00 Workshops14:00 Parallel sessions14:00 Parallel sessions 
18:30 Welcome event with snacksBREAKBREAK 
 16:00 Parallel sessions16:00 Parallel sessions 
 20:00 Conference Dinner at the National Museum of Scotland

17:00 Conference close event


Pricing &  Registration

Early bird prices closing soon!

Price includes conference seats, coffee breaks, lunch, welcome event, a conference dinner, workshops and papers. 

Organising Committee


The organising committee are excited to put together a wide program for TWR 2024! 

Dr Andrew Smith


Alasdair Reid 

Associate Lecturer

Dr Mina Jowkar


Dr Suha Jaradat

Associate Professor

Keynote Speaker


Prof. Matt Tucker

Professor of Workplace and Facilities Management, LJMU
Director of Research, IFMA 

Matt has been carrying out workplace research for the past 20 years, working on the cusp of academia and industry.

Matt is the Director of Research for the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and Professor of Workplace and Facility Management at Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.

As a Fulbright Scholar with over 80 publications and 2,500 citations from seminal industry reports, peer-reviewed scientific journals, book chapters, and conference papers, Matt has helped transform the workplace and facility management industry.

Matt is a seasoned keynote speaker and thrives on being in front of an audience, speaking at leading international conferences or advising organizations on new ways of working.

Matt’s company, Connective Thought, is a culmination of experiences and expertise he has acquired during his career, enabling organizations’ ideas to converge, so new possibilities can emerge.

Stay up-to-date


The Transdisciplinary Workplace Research (TWR) Network brings together experts in all the workplace environment disciplines, giving academia and practice the perfect occasion to meet and share insights and ideas.

Rooted in Europe, TWR has a global vocation. TWR welcomes public and private organizations to join academics from all over the world, getting involved in evidence-based research to imagine the workplace of the future.

Our Sponsors

There are many different aspects that help create alignment between employees and their workplace which helps to ensure satisfaction, wellbeing and productivity. These aspects fall into categories such as social, physical, technological and managerial. There has been growing awareness of the vital role of workplace in mental and physical wellbeing, which has coincided with a shift in the way that work is done to embrace more hybrid forms of working.

This has led to the need for a transdisciplinary approach to advance workplace research and practice, involving many stakeholders. Practitioners and academics have been working independently, leading to little implementation of research into practical solutions in the workplace. These challenges led to the TWR network forming in 2017, bringing together workplace researchers and professionals from various disciplines to share research, practice and ideas. The network holds a biannual conference, which will be hosted in September 2024 by Edinburgh Napier University.

About Edinburgh


Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is a captivating destination that seamlessly blends its rich history with modern attractions. The iconic Edinburgh Castle, perched atop an ancient volcanic hill, offers panoramic views of the city and is a must-visit historical landmark. The Royal Mile, a charming cobblestone street that stretches between the castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is lined with quaint shops, traditional pubs, and historic sites, providing a delightful stroll through the city’s past. Arthur’s Seat, an ancient dormant volcano in Holyrood Park, provides both locals and tourists with a picturesque hiking spot and breathtaking vistas of the city below. Additionally, the city is renowned for its lively festivals, including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where the streets come alive with performances, making it a cultural hub for art enthusiasts from around the world.


About the venue


TWR 2024 will be hosted by Edinburgh Napier University

Based in the beautiful historic city of Edinburgh, it is the #1 modern university in Scotland (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023), a top 10 UK modern university (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023), and the top Scottish modern university for research power and impact (Research Excellence Framework 2021).

Scholars, students and practitioners involved in a wide range of workplace matters, including real estate managers, facility managers, architects and human resource experts will get together for this interactive conference in the architecturally stunning Craiglockhart campus.


Prepare your trip


The TWR 2024 conference will be held at Edinburgh Napier University Craiglockhart Campus (Address: 219 Colinton Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ).

Edinburgh is renowned for its regular and efficient transport system. No matter where you need to be, taxis, buses and trams will get you around the city quickly and with ease.


Edinburgh boasts an international airport with flights from North America and many European and UK destinations. Taxi, tram and bus links connect the airport to the city centre with a journey time of 30-35 minutes.


Edinburgh Haymarket is the closest train station to the Craiglockhart campus (40 minute walk uphill). You can get also get a taxi or bus number 4 from outside the station.


A black cab from St Andrew’s Square or the Waverley or Haymarket train stations to the Craiglockhart campus will cost approximately £20 and take around 15 minutes. A black cab taxi from the airport will cost on average £40 and take around 35 minutes. Cabs can be hailed on the street, ordered in advance by telephone, or booked via Uber or Gett.

Edinburgh Central Taxis: +44 (0) 131 229 2468


Edinburgh has an amazing public bus service that is safe and clean, operating 24 hours a day.

  • Services 4, 10 and 27 stop on nearby Colinton Road (Craiglockhart Campus stop).
  • Service 36 stops on nearby Glenlockhart Road (Craiglockhart Campus stop).

A standard adult one-trip bus fare is £2, and a day ticket is £5. You’ll need exact change. Alternatively, you can pay by contactless card or the Lothian Buses app.

From the airport, catch the Airlink 100 service or the tram; both will take you into the heart of Edinburgh City Centre. The Skylink 400 bus takes you close to the the Craiglockhart campus (Elliot Place stop). Trips to and from the airport are £5.50 one way or £8 for an open return.  

Things to see in Edinburgh


The Royal Mile – The Royal Mile runs through the heart of the old town linking two historic landmarks with Edinburgh Castle at its head and Holyrood Palace at its foot. Within the Royal Mile you will find Cathedrals, Courts, local attractions, bars, and restaurants.

Edinburgh Castle – Situated at the top of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle. There are tours available throughout the day with a tearoom and café on site for a pit stop when needed.


National Museum of Scotland – The national Museum of Scotland is free of charge to enter, with thousands of amazing objects across multiple galleries, the Museum offers you a world of discovery all under one roof.

Arthur’s Seat – Arthur’s seat is located within Holyrood Park, a previous volcano which is now extinct after erupting 350 million years ago. Arthur’s seat offers some of the best views of the city.

Scotch Whisky Experience – The Scotch Whisky Experience is the perfect opportunity to experience the local tastes of Scottish whisky and food with several tours being made available.

Water of Leith Walkway – The walkway takes you away from the hussle – and – bustle of the city and allows for a lovely stroll along a path away from the city towards Leith. You can listen to commentary of the walk while being connected to an audio trail.

Ghost Tour – There are a wide range of ghost tours available in the city which can take you into underground vaults and haunted graveyards with a tour guide explaining ghost stories on your route.

Royal Yacht Britannia – The Royal Yacht Britannia offers five decks to explore at your own pace with the option of a complimentary self – led audio guided tour.

Edinburgh Gin Tour & Tasting – The Edinburgh Gin Distillery offers two types of experiences for tourists to enjoy. One being a distillery tasting, with the offering of 5 gins and gin liqueurs. The other being a gin making experience which allows you to craft your very own bottle of London dry gin using the head distillers range of botanicals.

Open top bus tour – There are a wide range of open top bus tours that travel round the city every day with a 24-hour pass or 48 – hour pass allows you to hop on and off the bus whenever you please to allow you to explore some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Johnnie Walker Experience – Johnnie Walker Princes Street offers a wide range of tours and experiences available for all different needs. You can finish your tour enjoying a drink of your choice on the 1820 Rooftop bar with view out over Edinburgh Castle.

Register Now!

Edinburgh Napier University is delighted to be hosting the TWR Conference, from 4-7 September 2024 at Craiglockhart Campus in Edinburgh, Scotland. There will be a mix of keynotes, short paper presentations, abstract-only presentations and research posters as well as a conference dinner.

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