School of Earth and Environment

Sally Russell Dr Sally Russell

Associate Prof: Business, Organisations & Sustainability

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 35279
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Room: 9.102

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

Professional Memberships:
Academy of Management (USA)
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
British Psychological Society
Group for Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment

Research Interests

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.

Teaching Interests

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
Organisational Behaviour
Organisational Change
Environmental Management
Globalization and Corporate Social Responsibility