Professor Ying Zhou
Professor Ying Zhou's research focuses on occupation, job quality and employee well-being. She 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. Her research has been presented to the UK Cabinet Office, House of Commons, OECD, the European Commission, the European Council and cited in UK, French, Welsh 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 Organizational Behaviour, Journal of Vocational Behaviour and the British Journal of Industrial Relations. Her papers on occupational mobility, unemployment and well-being were nominated as 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 the 2019 Academy of Management Conference (Careers Division) and the 2021 Academy of Management Conference (HR Division). Prior to joining Surrey University, she 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 MPhil and DPhil in Economic Sociology from the University of Oxford.
Professor Ying Zhou's research focuses on job quality and employee well-being. Specifically, she is interested in employee involvement, skill development, work engagement, career change and subjective well-being. She is a specialist in quantitative research methods.
Performance, Engagement and Well-being (MSc); Research Methods for Applied Psychology (MSc)
Member of the Academy of Management (AoM)
04 SEP 2020
Surrey Business School joins forces with local business and national networks to support Covid-19 'bounce-back'
07 APR 2020
Dr Ying Zhou’s research into job quality presented to the UK Cabinet Office and cited in numerous policies
29 NOV 2018
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 for 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). 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). How Employee Involvement Benefits Organisations. Working Conditions and Sustainable Work Policy Brief, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.
Zhou Y, Felstead A, Henseke G (2020) A Response to the Department for Work and Pensions' Call for Evidence in Preparation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (invited for oral presentation to the DWP Committee in the House of Commons on 4th November 2020). Available on the UK Parliament website: https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/7601/pdf/
Zhou Y, Wu CH, Zou M and Williams M (2020) When is the Grass Greener on the Other Side? A Longitudinal Study of the Joint Effect of Occupational Mobility and Personality on the Honeymoon-Hangover Experience during Job Change. Journal of Organizational Behaviour (Finalist for "Best Overall Paper Award" at the 77th Academy of Management Conference in Atlanta, Careers Division).
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 Eurofound, European Council and 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).
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).