Emeritus Professor Peter Warr

Emeritus Professor

Room: E010
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3231
Email: P.Warr@sheffield.ac.uk
Peter Warr photograph  

Peter Warr is an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Work Psychology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Factors influencing happiness and unhappiness
  • Motivation, personality and behaviour
  • Age differences in employment


  • Worker happiness and unhappiness
  • Motivation and engagement
  • Self-employed workers’ motives and happiness
  • Person-job fit


  • BA, University of Cambridge
  • PhD, University of Sheffield
  • Spearman Medal of the British Psychological Society for distinguished research
  • Presidents’ Award of the British Psychological Society for outstanding contributions to psychological knowledge
  • Chartered Psychologist

Professional Affiliations

  • Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Fellow of the International Association of Applied Psychology
  • Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Foreign Affiliate of the American Psychological Association

Some Recent Publications

More than 230 articles and 30 books. Some of the titles are at Google Scholar, and additional details are here. Earlier themes are described in an interview here.

Recent illustrations and clickable links to their content are:

Warr, P. B. (2019). The Psychology of Happiness. Oxford: Routledge.

Warr, P. B. & Nielsen, K. (2018). Wellbeing and work performance. In E. Diener, S. Oishi, & L. Tay (Eds.), Handbook of well-being. Salt Lake City, UT: DEF Publishers. DOI: nobascholar.com (an Open-Access volume).

Warr, P. B. (2018). Self-employment, personal values, and varieties of happiness-unhappiness. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 23, 388-401.

Warr, P. B. and Inceoglu, I. (2018). Work orientations, well-being and job content of self-employed and employed professionals. Work, Employment and Society, 32, 292-311.

Warr, P. B. (2017). Happiness and mental health: A framework of vitamins in the environment and mental processes in the person. In J. C. Quick and C. L. Cooper (Eds.), Handbook of stress and health: A guide to research and practice (pp. 57-74). London and New York: Wiley.

Warr, P. B. (2016). The IWP Multi-Affect Indicator. Research Report, Institute of Work Psychology.

Warr, P. B. (2016). Person factors in low, moderate and high wellbeing: A positioning paper. Outline of presentation to IWP International Conference, Sheffield, June 2016.

Warr, P. B. (2015). Are age and happiness related? The Conversation, https://theconversation.com/hard-evidence-are-age-and-unhappiness-related-49182

Warr, P. B. & Inceoglu, I. (2015). Job features, job values and affective strength. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 24, 101-112

Warr, P. B., Bindl, U. K., Parker, S. K., & Inceoglu, I. (2015). Four-quadrant investigation of job-related affects and behaviours. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 23 342-363.

Warr, P. B. (2013) Jobs and job-holders: Two sources of happiness and unhappiness. In S. A. David, I.Boniwell, and A. C. Ayers (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Happiness (pp.733-750). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Warr, P. B., & Inceoglu, I. (2012). Job engagement, job satisfaction, and contrasting associations with person-job fit. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 17, 129-138.

Inceoglu, I., & Warr, P. B. (2011). Personality and job engagement. Journal of Personnel Psychology, 10, 177-181.

Warr, P. B. (2013). How to think about and measure psychological well-being. In R. R. Sinclair, M. Wang, and L. E. Tetrick (eds.), Research Methods in Occupational Health Psychology (pp. 76-90). New York and London: Routledge.

Warr, P. B. (2010). What about the workers? Occupational Health Psychology News, 8, 8-9

Warr, P. and Clapperton, G. (2009). The Joy of Work? Jobs, Happiness, and You. London: Routledge.

Warr, P. (2009). Environmental “vitamins”, personal judgments, work values, and happiness. Pages 57-85 in S. Cartwright and C. Cooper (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Well-being (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

Warr, P. B. (2008). Work values: Some demographc and cultural correlates. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 81, 751-775.

Warr, P. B. (2007). Work, Happiness, and Unhappiness. New York: Routledge.

Warr, P. B. (2006). Differential activation of judgments in employee well-being. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 79, 225-244.

Birdi, K.S., Warr, P.B. & Oswald, A.J. (1995). Age differences in three components of employee well-being. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 44(4), 345-373.