nexFrontier: Professional Wellbeing and Lifelong Learning – Trends & Resources

Join us for the fifth edition of the nexFrontier series to discover trends and resources in professional wellbeing and lifelong learning from experts from the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES – Overcoming vulnerability: Life course perspectives (NCCR LIVES), China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The rise of automation and ground-breaking technologies, along with globalization and demographic change, has transformed the world of work, leading to a large-scale disruption of the jobs and skills landscape. As outlined in the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2020, half of all employees around the world will need reskilling by 2025. The need to future-proof people’s skills has become even more urgent with the pandemic bringing about significant structural change in many sectors, job transitions and shift to remote working.


Upskilling does not include only acquiring relevant knowledge for new types of jobs but also developing transferable skills such as critical thinking, creativity, self-management, and above all, a learning mindset to continually adapt to and take part in the changing world of work.  On the other hand, a number of personal resources (also referred to as psychological capital), including work-related attitudes and behaviours, promote proactive response to occupational demands, help cope with job insecurity or uncertainty and thus maintain health and well-being.


In the fifth edition of the nexFrontier webinar series, we are glad to feature Swiss National Center of Competence in Research LIVES – Overcoming vulnerability: Life course perspectives (NCCR LIVES) and in particular its research project on Resource Dynamics for Overcoming Career and Work-Related Vulnerabilities. Addressing the dynamic role of personal resources in overcoming occupational disadvantages and facilitating career development, the program applies a multidimensional conceptualization of well-being and investigates the role of diverse resource mechanisms.


To start with, Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund from the University of Zurich will present a new model integrating subjective expectations and motivational functions of exhaustion and recovery in different life domains, as well as a set of studies investigating the role of subjective expectations for exhaustion and recovery of a given activity at work and during leisure. Our second speaker Prof. Dr. Emily M. David from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) will talk about her research on social behaviour in co-working spaces, and in particular, help received while working in the workplace of the future.


Subsequently, Prof. Dr. Koorosh Massoudi will introduce a research project initiated together with Prof. Dr. Jérôme Rossier from the University of Lausanne. His talk will focus on contextual (e.g. working conditions, task characteristics) and personal (e.g. socio-demographics, psychological traits and resources) factors that influence individuals’ work-related trajectories and well-being. To conclude, Prof. Dr. Xianmin Gong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong will share his research findings of factors that contribute to the age-related change in personal goals and discuss the implications for lifelong learning.

Event Rundown

16:00-16:03             Introduction

Libing Gu, Head of Academic Relations, Swissnex in China


16:03-16:15              Work is exhausting and leisure recovering: A self-fulfilling prophecy?

Prof. Dr. Alexandra M. Freund, Professor of Psychology, URPP Dynamics of Healthy Aging, University of Zurich; Project Co-Leader of IP7, NCCR LIVES


16:15-16:27              Navigating Work Environments of the Future: Helping in Coworking Spaces

Prof. Dr. Emily M. David, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)


16:27-16:39             Contemporary career trajectories: New trends, risks and resources

Prof. Dr. Koorosh Massoudi, Associate Professor in Life Long Vocational Psychology, University of Lausanne; Project Co-Leader of IP7, NCCR LIVES


16:39-16:51             Changes in personal goals across adulthood: Implications for lifelong learning

Prof. Dr. Xianmin Gong, Research Assistant Professor of the Big Data Decision Analytics (BDDA) Research Centre and the Department of Psychology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong


16:51-17:10             Q&A


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The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES – Overcoming vulnerability: Life course perspectives (NCCR LIVES) began operations in January 2011. It studies the effects of the post-industrial economy and society on the development of situations of vulnerability using a longitudinal and comparative approach. The NCCR LIVES aims to better understand the phenomenon of vulnerability as well as the means to overcome it so as to contribute to the emergence of innovative social policy measures. It involves close cooperation among researchers in the disciplines of psychology, sociology, social psychology, socioeconomics, economics and demography who are attached to the universities of Lausanne, Geneva, Berne, Fribourg, Zurich, and the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland. The NCCR LIVES is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and hosted jointly by the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva. In order to ensure the sustainability of the NCCR LIVES’ research activities and projects, the LIVES Centre has been launched.



nexFrontier is the latest webinar series at Swissnex in China, which spotlights cutting-edge research in Switzerland and China. With a particular focus on the Swiss National Centers of Competence in Research (NCCRs) and top-class research labs in China, this series hopes to introduce the most pioneering research advancements in Switzerland and China to an enthusiastic audience, as well as promotes potential exchanges and collaborations between the two labs or institutions.