Dr Sally Russell
Associate Prof: Business, Organisations & Sustainability
+44(0) 113 34
Email address: S.Russell@leeds.ac.uk
Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute
Sally Russell has a background in organisational behaviour and organisational change, with a focus on business, sustainability, and the natural environment. Her research focuses on behaviour change for sustainability and examines factors that affect individual, group, and organisational responses to environmental issues. In all areas of her research, Sally works closely with industrial partners to ensure that her research contributes scientifically and practically to the development of more sustainable ways of doing business.
Sally is the research group leader of the Businesses and Organisations for Sustainable Societies (BOSS) research group and the Programme Leader of the BA Environment and Business.
PhD, UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia
Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management, The University of Queensland, Australia
Bachelor of Business Management (Hons 1A), The University of Queensland, Australia
Editorial Board Member:
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Business, Strategy and the Environment
Frontiers in Psychology
Journal of Management and Organization
Academy of Management (USA)
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
British Psychological Society
Group for Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment
Climate Change and Sustainability in Organisations
In this research stream I examine how employees respond to climate change within an organisational context. Drawing on environmental psychology and organisational psychology research I examine factors affecting decision-making and behaviour in response to climate change. As part of this research I also examine how emotional reactions to climate change subsequently affect decision-making and adaptive behaviour. My work in this area is funded by a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant (current), and previously by the Australian Government, Department of Education, Science and Training and additional funding from the Queensland Government Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation.
Proenvironmental Behaviour in Organisations.
This research follows on from my doctoral research where I investigated the role of emotions as drivers of pro-environmental behaviours in the workplace. Working with industrial research partners I have been extensively involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of behaviour chnage programs for sustainability. My work in this theme has previosuly been funded by: the National Climate Change Adaptation Reseach Facility, Australia; and the Griffith University Industry Collaboration Scheme, Australia.
Water and Energy Demand Management
In this research I aim to investigate the psychosocial drivers of water and energy demand in households. Working with industry partners and academic collaborators, the aim is to identify effective mechanisms to encourage long-term sustainable water use. Work in this theme has been funded by: the British Academy; the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK; and the Urban Water Security Research Alliance, Australia.
Sally's teaching interests lie at the intersection of organisations and the natural environment. She has experience teaching at undergraduate, post graduate, MBA, and executive education in Australia, Hong Kong, and the UK.
She is the current module leader of:
SOEE2310: Tools and Techniques for Business, Environment and Corporate Responsibility
SOEE3310: Environmental Enterprise Project
and contributes to teaching in:
SOEE1390: Introduction to Business, Environment, and Corporate Responsibility
SOEE2570: Research in the Environmental Social Sciences
SOEE2610: Economics and Sustainability
SOEE5010: Business, Environment, and Sustainability
Sally's has taught in Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, and the UK. Her teaching experience has included modules and courses on:
Research Methods for Sustainability
Globalization and Corporate Social Responsibility
- von Wehrden H; Luederitz C; Leventon J; Russell S (2017) Methodological Challenges in Sustainability Science: A Call for Method Plurality, Procedural Rigor and Longitudinal Research, Challenges in Sustainability, 5, pp.35-42. doi: 10.12924/cis2017.05010035
- Young W; Russell SV; Robinson CA; Barkemeyer R (2017) Can social media be a tool for reducing consumers" food waste? A behaviour change experiment by a UK retailer, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 117, pp.195-203. doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2016.10.016
- Young CW; Russell SV; Barkemeyer R (2017) Social media is not the 'silver bullet' to reducing household food waste, a response to Grainger and Stewart (2017), Resources, Conservation and Recycling, . doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2017.04.002
- Unsworth KL; Russell SV; Davis MC (2016) Is dealing with climate change a corporation's responsibility? A social contract perspective, Frontiers in Psychology, 7, . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01212
- Russell SV; Evans A; Fielding KS; Hill C (2016) Turn it off: An action research study of top management influence on energy conservation in the workplace, Frontiers in Psychology, 7, . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00389
- Fielding KS; Van Kasteren Y; Louis W; McKenna B; Russell S; Spinks A (2016) Using individual householder survey responses to predict household environmental outcomes: The cases of recycling and water conservation, Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 106, pp.90-97. doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2015.11.009
- Young CW; Davis M; McNeill IM; Malhotra B; Russell S; Unsworth K; Clegg CW (2015) Changing behaviour: successful environmental programmes in the workplace, Business Strategy and the Environment, 24, pp.689-703. doi: 10.1002/bse.1836
- Russell S; Friedrich E (2015) The Relationship between Emotions and Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors, In: Robertson JL; Barling J (Ed) The Psychology of Green Organizations, Oxford University Press, USA. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199997480.003.0007
- Barter N; Russell S (2014) Two snapshots reinforcing systemic thinking and responsibility, Journal of Global Responsibility, 5, pp.45-54. doi: 10.1108/JGR-03-2014-0010
- Andersson L; Jackson SE; Russell SV (2013) Greening organizational behavior: An introduction to the special issue, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 34, pp.151-155. doi: 10.1002/job.1854
- Barter N; Russell S (2013) Organisational metaphors and sustainable development: enabling or inhibiting?, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 4, pp.145-162.
- Fielding KS; Spinks A; Russell S; McCrea R; Stewart R; Gardner J (2013) An experimental test of voluntary strategies to promote urban water demand management, Journal of Environmental Management, 114, pp.343-351. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2012.10.027
- Cherrier H; Russell SV; Fielding K (2012) Corporate environmentalism and top management identity negotiation, Journal of Organizational Change Management, 25, pp.518-534. doi: 10.1108/09534811211239209
- Fielding KS; Russell S; Spinks A; Mankad A (2012) Determinants of household water conservation: The role of demographic, infrastructure, behavior, and psychosocial variables, Water Resources Research, 48, pp.1-12. doi: 10.1029/2012WR012398
- Russell SV; McIntosh M (2011) Changing organizational culture for sustainability, In: Ashkanasy NM; Wilderom CPM; Peterson MF (Ed) Handbook of Organizational Culture & Climate, Sage, pp.393-412.
- Russell S; Fielding K (2010) Water demand management research: A psychological perspective, Water Resources Research, 46, . doi: 10.1029/2009WR008408
- Russell SV (2010) Reflections on the role of management in achieving a sustainable future: An interview with Tim Flannery and Dexter Dunphy, Journal of Management & Organization, 16, pp.2-15.
- Linnenluecke MK; Russell SV; Griffiths A (2009) Subcultures and Sustainability Practices: the Impact on Understanding Corporate Sustainability, Business Strategy and the Environment, 18, pp.432-452.
- Russell S; Griffiths A (2008) The role of emotions in driving workplace pro-environmental behaviors, In: Zerbe W; Ashkanasy NM; Härtel CEJ (Ed) Managing Emotions in the Workplace, M.E. Sharpe, pp.83-107.
- Russell SV; Lafferty G; Loudoun R (2008) Environmental Regulation of the Tourism Industry: Identifying the Importance of Management Perceptions and Relationships, Current Issues in Tourism, 11, pp.1-18.
- Russell SV; Haigh N; Griffiths A (2007) Understanding corporate sustainability: Recognizing the impact of different governance systems, In: Benn S; Dunphy D (Ed) Corporate governance and sustainability, Routledge, pp.36-56.
- Young CW; Russell SV; Robinson CA; Chintakayala PK (Accepted) Sustainable retailing - influencing consumer behaviour on food waste, Business Strategy and the Environment, .