Professor Yannis Georgellis

Yannis Georgellis is Deputy Head of School (Research and Enterprise) at Kent Business School, University of Kent, UK. Professor Georgellis is known for his work on happiness, adaptation, and employee well-being. Spanning across several disciplines, his research explores psychological aspects of decision-making processes within the general context of employee happiness, well-being, and engagement, and their impact on organisational performance.

Professor Georgellis has published numerous articles in the areas of human resource management, organisational behaviour, applied psychology and behavioural economics. His work has appeared in such journals as Human Resource Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Economic Journal, British Journal of Management, Psychological Science, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, among others.

His work has attracted several thousand citations in Google Scholar  and he is a top 5% author in the REPEC worldwide citation rankings. Professor Georgellis is a Distinguished Associate  of the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES).


 Selected Publications 

(For a complete list of publications see my Google Scholar profile.)


"Pay referents and satisfaction with pay: Does occupational proximity matter? (with S. Garcia, A. Gregoriou, and M. Ozbilgin),   British Journal of Management, 2017.

"Regional unemployment and employee loyalty: Evidence from 12 UK regions" (with Apergis, N.), Regional Studies, 2017, 1-11.

"Is becoming self-employed a panacea for job satisfaction? Longitudinal evidence from work to self-employment transitions" (with A. Yusuf). Journal of Small Business Management, 2016, 54 (S1), 53-76.

"Orientation training and job satisfaction: A sector and gender analysis", (with Tabvuma,V., & Lange, T.), Human Resource Management, 2015, 54(2), 303-321. 

"Does happiness converge?", (with Apergis, N.), Journal of Happiness Studies, 2015, 16(1), 67-76.

"Back to baseline in Britain: Adaptation in the British Household Panel Survey", (with Clark, A.), Economica, 2013, 80, 496–512.

"The impact of life events on job satisfaction" (with Lange, T., & Tabvuma, V.), Journal of Vocational Behavior, 2012, 80, 464-473. 

"Traditional vs. secular values and the job-life satisfaction relationship across Europe” (with Lange, T.), British Journal of Management, 2012, 23(4), 437-454.

"Job Satisfaction, wage changes, and quits: Evidence from Germany" (with Clark, A., & Sanfey, P.).  Research in Labor Economics, 2012, 35, 499-525. [35th Anniversary Volume] 

"Crowding out intrinsic motivation in the public sector" (with Iossa, E., & Tabvuma, V.), Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2011, 21, 473–493.

"Lags and leads in life satisfaction: A test of the baseline hypothesis" (with Clark, A., Diener, E., & Lucas, R.), Economic Journal, 2008, 118, F222-F443.

"Adaptation towards reference values: A non-linear perspective" (with Gregoriou, A. & Tsitsianis, N.), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2008, 67, 768-781.

"Participation in continuous, on-the-job training and the impact on job satisfaction: Longitudinal evidence from the German labor market" (with Lange, T.), International Journal of Human Resource Management, 2007, 18(6), 969-985.

"Unemployment alters the set-point for life satisfaction" (with Lucas, R., Clark, A., & Diener, E.), Psychological Science, 2004, 15(1), 8-13.

"Re-examining adaptation and the set point model of happiness: Reactions to changes in marital status" (with Lucas, R., Clark A, & Diener, E.), Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2003, 84(3), 527-539.

"Scarring: The psychological impact of past unemployment" (with Clark, A., & Sanfey, P.), Economica, 2001, 68(2), 221-241.