Sally Russell

Associate Professor in Business, Organisations and Sustainability, University of Leeds

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.

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 Sally examines how employees respond to climate change within an organisational context. Drawing on environmental psychology and organisational psychology research, she examines factors affecting decision-making and behaviour in response to climate change. As part of this research Sally also examines how emotional reactions to climate change subsequently affect decision-making and adaptive behaviour. Her 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.