Sanjay Popat

Sanjay Popat


I undertook my undergraduate degree in Management at the University of Leeds between 2014-2017, followed by a masters degree in Business Psychology the following year. I then spent 2 years working in Management before returning to the University to pursue my PhD within the Management Division of Leeds University Business School. 

Awards & Scholarships

  • Univeristy of Leeds Management Division Scholarship (2020)
  • The Society for the Advancement of Management Studies Prize/Journal of Management Studies Prize (2017)
  • Deans Performace Prize for Academic Excellence (2015)
  • Oxford University Press Prize in Organisational Behaviour (2015)
  • Marks & Spencer’s Student Research Prize for Corporate Social Responsibility (2015)

Professional Accreditations

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Student Education

  • 2020-2021 – LUBS 1850 Organisational Behaviour: Exam Developer
  • 2020-2021 – LLLC0002 Introduction to Undergraduate Studies: Assessor 
  • 2021-2022  – LUBS 1850 Organisational Behaviour: Seminar Leader
  • 2021-2022 – LUBS 2910 Management Research & Analysis: Seminar Leader



Research interests

My research is concerned with the temporality of Occupational Stress. In particular, it is focussed on junior doctors who suffer from elevated levels of stress in comparison to the general population which can lead to both physiological and psychological impacts for employees, in addition to negative organisational outcomes such as increased staff turnover and a concomitant reduction in job satisfaction and committment behaviours. My research adopts a mixed-method longitudinal design via the use of audio-diaries to capture the temporal dimensions of stress, both in changes in the phenomena overtime and the temporal characteristics of the stress experience itself. My PhD research is currently being supported by Health Education England and UKFPO. Overall, 58 junior doctors from around the UK were tracked over several months using multiple methods.

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Research Outputs



ZDF, national German Broadcaster:

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Personnel Today:




  • MSc Business Psychology, University of Leeds (Distinction)
  • BA Management, University of Leeds (First Class)

Research groups and institutes

  • Workplace Behaviour Research Centre