Judith Langerak

Assistant Professor
Organisation Science

Judith works as an assistant professor and academic consultant at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG). 

She is interested in change processes and has experienced such change processes in various roles within organizations (e.g. as project manager and policy officer). Within change processes, Judith is particularly interested in future-oriented behavior:

- How can people prioritize long-term goals when faced with short-term demands?

- What makes certain people and organizations more proactive than others? 

In her doctoral research at the University of Amsterdam (department of organizational psychology), Judith focused on the question how workers can achieve change through proactive coping: all future-oriented efforts through which people try to improve the future situation or their position in it. The results showed, among other things, that the type and amount of proactive coping that workers use can help them to minimize their future experience of job insecurity.

Articles from her doctoral research have been acclaimed at national and international conferences. In 2023, her meta-analytic review on proactive coping with job insecurity was nominated for the Best Paper Award at the conference of the Werkgemeenschap Arbeids- & Organisatiepsychologie, where scientists and professionals from the Netherlands and Dutch-speaking Belgium come together anually. In 2022, she won the Youth Award with that same paper at the Dutch Labor Market Day, a biennial conference featuring research for and about labor market policy. In 2021, her longitudinal study, in which working people reported their proactivity and job insecurity weekly for five weeks, was nominated for the Best Student Paper Award at the Academy of Management Careers Division's international conference.

Judith has experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including:

  • Meta-analyses
  • Multi-level path analyses
  • Online intervention studies
  • Interviews
  • Document analysis
  • Participatory observation

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Job insecurity
  • Proactive career behavior
  • Flexible work relations
  • (Proactive) Coping