Dr Ying Zhou
Dr Ying Zhou is Reader in Human Resource Management at Surrey Business School. Her research focuses on occupation, job quality and employee well-being. Ying has won multiple research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council, the UK government and the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (with a total of £1.8 million) to examine job quality, employee performance and well-being in UK and Europe. Ying’s research has been presented to the UK Cabinet Office, OECD and the European Commission and cited in UK, French and EU policy documents. She received Surrey Business School’s Research Impact Award in 2018 and Mid-Career Researcher of the Year Award in 2019.
Ying’s research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, the British Journal of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management Journal. Her two recent papers were nominated as the finalists for the 2017 and 2018 Academy of Management Overall Best Paper Awards (Careers Division), winning the Award in 2018. She was invited to serve on the Best Paper Award Committee for Careers Division in the 2019 Academy of Management Conference in Boston. Prior to joining Surrey University, Ying worked as a human resource consultant at Towers Watson where she advised a wide range of clients on employee engagement and organizational performance. Ying received her master and doctoral degrees in economic sociology from the University of Oxford.
Dr Ying Zhou's research focuses on employees' quality of working life. Specifically she is interested in job involvement, skill development, work engagement, career change and subjective well-being. She is a specialist in quantitative research methods.
Employee Relations; Performance, Engagement and Well-being
Member of the Academy of Management (AoM)
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Impact around new research identifying policies and management practices that lead to higher levels of employee involvement in decision-making at work
My research interests focus on job quality, occupation and employee well-being. My latest research projects include:
'Mapping the Quality of Working Life: An Occupational Approach' (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council)
'CIPD Good Work Index 2020: UK Working Lives Survey Report' (funded by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)
'Employee Involvement, Engagement and Skill Development in Europe' (funded by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions)
Gallie D, Zhou Y. (2020). [Forthcoming]. Employee Involvement, Work Engagement and Skill Development in Europe. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.
Parent-Thirion A, Biletta I, Demetriades S, Gallie D, Zhou Y (2020). [Forthcoming in English, French, German and Spanish]. How Employee Involvement Benefits Organisations. Working Conditions and Sustainable Work Policy Brief, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.
Gallie D, Zhou Y. (2020). Employee Involvement, Work Engagement and Skill Development. Dublin: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (presented to the European Council and the Dutch Prime Minister's Scientific Council).
Parent-Thirion A, Biletta I, Demetriades S, Gallie D, Zhou Y (2020) [Published in English, French, German and Spanish]. How Employee Involvement Benefits Organisations. European Working Conditions Survey 2015 series, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.
Zhou Y, Zou M, Woods SA, Wu CH (2019). The Restorative Effect of Work after Unemployment: An Intra-individual Analysis of Subjective Well-being Recovery through Reemployment. Journal of Applied Psychology, 104(9), 1195–1206 (Winner of "Best Overall Paper Award" at the 78th Academy of Management Conference in Chicago, Careers Division).
Zhou Y, Wu CH, Zou M, Williams M (2017). A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of Occupational Mobility on Job Satisfaction Trajectory: Individual Differences in Neuroticism. Best Paper Proceedings of the 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, Georgia (Finalist for "Best Overall Paper Award" at the 77th Academy of Management Conference in Atlanta, Careers Division).
Gallie D and Zhou Y (2013) Work Organisation and Employee Involvement in Europe. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union (cited in the European Commission policy document Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2014 and featured in French newspaper Le Monde in 2018 and 2019).
Gallie D and Zhou Y (2013). ‘Job Control, Work Intensity and Work Stress. In Gallie D (ed.) Economic Crisis and the Quality of Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press (presented to the UK Cabinet Office at No.10 Downing Street and cited in the UK policy document Wellbeing and Policy Report).
Paugam S and Zhou Y (2007). 'Job Insecurity'. In Gallie D (ed.) Employment Regimes and the Quality of Work. Oxford University Press (cited in the French government policy Mesurer les facteurs psychosociaux de risque au travail pour les maitriser. Rapport du Collège d’expertise sur le suivi des risques psychosociaux au travail, faisant suite à la demande du Ministre du travail, de l’emploi et de la santé).