Dr Sally Russell

Dr Sally Russell


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.


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 has been funded by a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, the Australian Government, Department of Education, Science and Training and 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.

Material Demand Reduction

In this research I aim to investigate the psychosocial drivers of material use across the whole of the supply chain, from producers and manufacturers through to demand at the household level. Working with industry partners and academic collaborators, the aim is to identify effective mechanisms to encourage long-term sustainable use of resources. In this reserach I have worked in the contexts of food waste, energy demand, and water demand. Work in this theme has been funded by: Econmic and Social Research Council; Innovate UK; British Academy; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK; and the Urban Water Security Research Alliance, Australia.

Research projects

Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all research projects allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.


  • PhD, UQ Business School, University of Queensland
  • Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management, University of Queensland
  • BA, Business Management, University of Queensland

Professional memberships

  • Academy of Management (USA)
  • Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
  • British Academy of Management
  • Group for Research on Organizations and the Natural Environment

Student education

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.

Sally's has teaching expereince in teh UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and Germany. Her teaching experience has included modules and courses on:
Research Methods
Organisational Behaviour
Organisational Change
Environmental Management
Globalization and Corporate Social Responsibility

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Business Organisations for Sustainable Societies
  • Energy and Climate Change Mitigation
  • water@leeds

Current postgraduate research students

Postgraduate research opportunities

We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="//environment.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.