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)

Research interests

My research is concerned with occupational stress and well-being and the role that heuristics and biases can play in limiting our understanding of such concepts. 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 aims to use audio-diaries to capture the temporal dimensions of stress. It is also concerned with extending theory on positive stress and aims to establish under what conditions the lines between positive and negative well-being are blurred. 


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

Research groups and institutes

  • Workplace Behaviour Research Centre