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Dr Philip Tucker

Dr Philip Tucker

Associate Professor, Psychology

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295894

Email address

Research Links

Office - 811A
Eighth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


My academic interests centre around health and safety in the work place, with a particular emphasis on work hours. I teach Work Psychology at third year undergraduate level. My research focuses on the effects of ‘non-standard’ work hours (e.g. shiftwork, long work hours and flexible working). 

I addition to my position at Swansea University, I am a regular visitor and guest researcher at the Stress Research Institute, which part of the Psychology Department of Stockholm University.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Circadian rhythms
  • Sleep & fatigue
  • Work stress
  • Occupational accidents

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I lead the Work Psychology module on the BSc Psychology programme.


My research considers the impact work hours have upon the health and safety of the employee. One of my main areas of study is the role of circadian rhythms in relation to the effects of shiftworking. I have published several papers looking at how various aspects of shift system design impact upon sleep, alertness on-shift and well-being. I also research other non-circadian aspects of work scheduling, such as the timing and distribution of rest breaks, long work hours, innovative work schedules (i.e. time banks) and the impact of freetime activities on recovery from work.

My research involves a range of methodological approaches, such large scale questionnaire surveys, epidemiological analysis of accident data, field studies of using both objective and subjective measures of sleep, stress and cognitive performance. Most recently, my research has focused on shiftwork in relation to a number of topics including gender, medication use, aging, diet and the development of metabolic syndrome; doctors’ working time arrangements; work time control.


Much of my research activity involves collaborating with colleagues at the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University, where I have been a guest researcher since 2011. I also regularly collaborate with colleagues at the Psychology Department of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

Other collaborations include working with colleagues at:

  • The Central University of Queensland, on a project examining the impact of prolonged sitting and sleep restriction at work.

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, examining associations between shiftwork and medication use.