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Dr Ana Cristina Costa

Dr Ana Cristina Costa


I am Reader Human Resource Management - Organizational Behaviour and have CIPD Academic membership. I obtained my PhD in field of Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands on the topic of Trust in Organizations, and an MSc degree in Social and Organizational Psychology from the ISPA Institute, University of Lisbon in Portugal. Before joining Brunel, I held academic posts at the Technical University Delft and University of Tilburg both in The Netherlands. I am also visiting Associate Professor at the Research Institute of Personnel Psychology at University of Valencia in Spain. 

My research focuses on trust in organisations and its impact on performance, innovation and well-being in organizations. I am co-founder of the Innovation Collaborative Research Network (ICRN) that studies innovation at work and employee well-being across Europe in collaboration with Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and University of Valencia (Spain). I have won funding from various research councils and leading foundation bodies including The Leverhulme Trust Foundation and by NASA - Johnson Space Center in the USA. I am a member of several editorial boards of impactful ABS 3- and 4-star journals and have served as Associate Editor for the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology (2011-2018). I also Associate Director of the Innovation, Diversity, Employment and Law (IDEAL)-  Interdisciplinary College Research Group.

Research Group(s)

  • Human Resource Management/Organizational Behavior
  • Innovation Diversity Employment and Law – IDEAL-CRG 

I have experience of departmental management roles, including in my current role as Division Lead: Organisations and People. Previously, I have been Director of Postgraduate Studies (2010-2013) and Course Director for the MSc programmes: Human Resource Management and Human Resource – Employment Relations (2008-2010). 

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Division Lead: Organisations and People

Newest selected publications

Costa, AC., Fulmer, CA. and Anderson, NR. (2018) 'Trust in Work Teams: An Integrative Review, Multilevel Framework, and Future Directions'. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 39. pp. 169 - 184. ISSN: 0894-3796 Open Access Link

Journal article

Costa, A., Ferrin, DL. and Fulmer, CA. (2018) 'Trust at Work', in Ones, D., Anderson, NR., Kapir Sinangil, H. and Viswesvaran, C. (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Industrial, Work & Organizational Psychology. Sage. , 2. ISBN 10: 1473914965.

Book chapter

Costa, A. and Anderson, NR. (2017) 'Team Trust', in Salas, E., Rico, R. and Passmore, J. (eds.) Wiley Blackwell Handbook Of The Psychology of Team Working and Collaborative Process. pp. 393 - 416. ISBN 10: 1118903269.

Book chapter

Costa, AC. (2017) 'Trust in Organizations'. Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. pp. 1 - 9. ISSN: 1873-7528 Open Access Link

Journal article

McCarthy, JM., Bauer, TN., Truxillo, DM., Anderson, NR., Costa, AC. and Ahmed, SM. (2017) 'Applicant Perspectives During Selection'. Journal of Management. pp. 014920631668184 - 014920631668184. ISSN: 0149-2063 Open Access Link

Journal article
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