Professor Yannis Georgellis

Professor of Management


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).

Research Interests

Psychological aspects of decision-making processes within the general context of employee happiness, well-being, and engagement, and their impact on organisational performance.Yannis has been a main contributor to happiness and behavioural science research. He is currently working on two main projects investigating ‘Behavioural aspects of entrepreneurship and self-employment dynamics’ and ‘Personality, leadership, and organisational outcomes’.


Yannis’s portfolio of taught courses includes: Contemporary Employment Studies; Managerial Economics; Labour Economics; Microeconomics, International Human Resources Management; Human Resources Management in Context; Behavioural Science in Management; Managing People, Information, and Knowledge; Personnel Economics for Managers.

At Kent he teaches:

  • CB684: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • CB9050: Reward and Performance Management
  • CB935: Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management


Yannis is interested in supervising PhD theses on subjects related to Human Resource Management, Organisational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship.

Current supervisees
  • Emmanouil Apergis: Attitude toward risk, career success and wellbeing
  • Rufus Howard: Institutional Bureaucracy and Environmental Governance

    Past Supervisees
  • Kathryn Day: Making IT Work: A Study of an NHS Trust's Efforts to Implement A Successful Technochange Project
  • Norhafizah Abu Hasan: The Effect of Talent - and Knowledge Management on the Performance of SMEs: Evidence from Malaysia
  • Donna Knowles: Why do SME Owners use Web-based Technologies?


Professor Georgellis is invited regularly to speak at policy and practitioner events and has organised various conferences to bridge the gap between academia, policy, and practice, including:

  • CRESS-Humanistic Management Center: Happiness and Wellbeing at work, 21 June 2013
  • CRESS-CEDEFOP: Skills Mismatch and Firm Dynamics- Integrating skills with the world of work, 27 April 2012


Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository


  • Apergis, N., & Georgellis, Y. (2017). Regional Unemployment and Employee Loyalty: Evidence from 12 UK Regions. Regional Studies, 52, 1283-1293. doi:10.1080/00343404.2017.1363882
  • Georgellis, Y., Garcia, S., Gregoriou, A., & Ozbilgin, M. (2017). Pay referents and satisfaction with pay: Does occupational proximity matter? British Journal Of Management. doi:10.1111/1467-8551.12272
  • Georgellis, Y., & Yusuf, A. (2016). Is becoming self-employed a panacea for job satisfaction? Longitudinal evidence from work to self-employment transitions. Journal Of Small Business Management, 54, 53-76. doi:10.1111/jsbm.12292
  • Apergis, N., & Georgellis, Y. (2015). Does Happiness Converge? Journal Of Happiness Studies, 16, 67-76. doi:10.1007/s10902-013-9495-y
  • Tabvuma, V., Georgellis, Y., & Lange, T. (2015). Orientation Training and Job Satisfaction: A Sector and Gender Analysis. Human Resource Management, n/a-n/a. doi:doi:10.1002/hrm.21650
  • Clark, A., & Georgellis, Y. (2013). Back to Baseline in Britain: Adaptation in the British Household Panel Survey. Economica, 80, 496-512. doi:10.1111/ecca.12007
  • Georgellis, Y., Lange, T., & Tabvuma, V. (2012). The impact of life events on job satisfaction. Journal Of Vocational Behavior, 80, 464-473. doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2011.12.005
  • Georgellis, Y., & Lange, T. (2012). Traditional versus Secular Values and the Job-Life Satisfaction Relationship Across Europe. British Journal Of Management, 23, 437-454. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8551.2011.00753.x
  • Clark, A., Georgellis, Y., & Sanfey, P. (2012). Job Satisfaction, Wage Changes, and Quits: Evidence from Germany. Research In Labor Economics, 35, 499-525. doi:10.1108/S0147-9121(2012)0000035041
  • Georgellis, Y., Iossa, E., & Tabvuma, V. (2011). Crowding Out Intrinsic Motivation in the Public Sector. Journal Of Public Administration Research And Theory, 21, 473-493. doi:10.1093/jopart/muq073
  • Georgellis, Y., Gregoriou, A., & Tsitsianis, N. (2008). Adaptation towards reference values: A non-linear perspective. Journal Of Economic Behavior And Organization, 67, 768-781. doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2007.08.007
  • Clark, A., Diener, E., Georgellis, Y., & Lucas, R. (2008). Lags And Leads in Life Satisfaction: a Test of the Baseline Hypothesis. The Economic Journal, 118, F222-F243. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0297.2008.02150.x
  • Georgellis, Y., & Lange, T. (2007). Participation in continuous, on-the-job training and the impact on job satisfaction: longitudinal evidence from the German labour market. International Journal Of Human Resource Management, 18, 969-985. doi:10.1080/09585190701321112
  • Lucas, R., Clark, A., Georgellis, Y., & Diener, E. (2004). Unemployment Alters the Set Point for Life Satisfaction. Psychological Science, 15, 8-13. doi:10.1111/j.0963-7214.2004.01501002.x
  • Lucas, R., Clark, A., Georgellis, Y., & Diener, E. (2003). Reexamining adaptation and the set point model of happiness: Reactions to changes in marital status. Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology, 84, 527-539. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.84.3.527
  • Clark, A., Georgellis, Y., & Sanfey, P. (2001). Scarring: The Psychological Impact of Past Unemployment. Economica, 68, 221-241. doi:10.1111/1468-0335.00243
Total publications in KAR: 16 [See all in KAR]