Nele de Cuyper
Is Professor at the Research Group Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology, KU Leuven, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Applied Psychology: An International Review.

My research interest lies with employability, with a specific focus upon precarious groups and profiles (e.g., the ageing workforce, youngsters, unemployment and inactivity, temporary and insecure employment,…). I study employability in relation to individual’s attitudes, health and well- being and careers. 

Employability and lifelong development are naturally related: lifelong development is a key condition to become and remain employable throughout one’s career. Yet, the relationship is less straightforward as it may seem: those who are less employable and hence most in need of development do not get/see most opportunities for development, rather to the contrary.

Recent publications:

Delva, J., Forrier, A., & De Cuyper, N. (2021) Integrating agency and structure in employability: 
Bourdieu’s theory of practice. Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Forrier, A., De Cuyper, N., & Akkermans, J. (2018; shared first authorship). The winner takes it all, the 
loser has to fall: Provoking the agency perspective in employability research. Human Resource Management Journal, 28, 511-523. Doi: 10.1111/1748-8583.12206

Fugate, M., Van der Heijden, B., De Vos, A., Forrier, A., & De Cuyper, N. (2021; shared first authorship
among all authors). Is what’s past prologue? A review and agenda for contemporary employability
research. Academy of Management Annals, 15(1), 266-298

Grosemans, I., & De Cuyper, N. (2021). The development of career competencies in the transition to
the labor market: Career shock or sustainable growth? Journal of Vocational Behavior.

Grosemans, I., Smet, K., Houben, E., De Cuyper, N., & Kyndt, E. (2020). Development and Validation
of an Instrument to Measure Work-Related Learning. Scandinavian Journal of Work and
Organizational Psychology, 5(1): 3, 1–16. DOI:

Van Harten, J. De Cuyper, N., Knies, E. & Forrier, A. (in press) Taking the temperature of employability
research: a systematic review of interrelationships across and within conceptual strands. European
Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology.