Pre-conference: Workplace sexual harassment: theory, measurements, consequences, and prevention

Wednesday 8 November, 9:00 – 17:00 Dublin time (network lunch included)

Organised by:

EUPHA Social security, work and health section


Sexual harassment encompasses a broad range of behaviors that are related to sex or gender, and that are appraised by the recipient as offensive or threatening to their wellbeing. Workplace sexual harassment has been a topic of intense public awareness in recent years, following the #MeToo movement, which highlighted the magnitude and scope of the problem. Sexual harassment at work is associated with risks of health impairment and absence from work, and may be more prevalent than commonly believed. As such, the topic poses a salient issue for public health researchers and policy makers interested in social security, work and health. At this preconference, presenters from different disciplines and jurisdictions will share recent research and policy developments on workplace sexual harassment and participants are invited to engage in discussions on this multifaceted and complex issue.

We combine talks on recent research and policy developments regarding workplace sexual harassment from multiple disciplinary and perspectives, i.e., public health, psychology, sociology, and policy sciences, and across different jurisdictional contexts with roundtable discussions. During the roundtable discussions, participants interact with each other to reflect on the many important facets to consider in relation to workplace sexual harassment.

Preliminary presenters and moderators

  • Ida E. H. Madsen, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Katrina Julia Blindow, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Maj Britt D. Nielsen, National Institute of Public Health, Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Igor Grabovac, Medical University of Vienna (Austria)
  • Stakeholders from policy and practice

Preliminary programme

09:00 - 09:20 Welcome Ida E. H. Madsen
9.20 - 10.00 Definitions and theoretical perspectives on sexual harassment Ida E. H. Madsen, Maj Britt Dahl Nielsen
10:00 - 10:30 Methods to measure sexual harassment, including empirical examples Ida E. H. Madsen
Coffee/tea break    
11:00 - 11:45 Group discussion I: what is sexual harassment?  
11.45 - 12:30 Consequences of sexual Harassment Katrina Julia Blindow
Lunch break    
13:30 - 14:00 Workplace prevention of sexual harassment TBC
14:00 - 14:30 Prevention from a policy perspective TBC
14:30 - 15:00 Group discussion II: how do we prevent sexual harassment? Maj Britt Dahl Nielsen
Coffee/tea break    
15:30 - 16:30 Promoting Work-based Equality for LGBT+Q+ Youth – the WE Project Igor Grabovac
16:30 - 17:00 Wrap-up and future directions  


The registration fee is € 150 which includes networking lunch and refreshments.