Co-Lead - Digit Data Observatory and Mid and Early Career Researcher Stream
University of Sussex Business School
+44 (0)1273 872831

I am a Chartered and Registered Occupational Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex.


My research focuses on how people manage their e-communications (specifically email) and how this impacts and is impacted by well-being, goal achievement and personality. I have a BSc in Psychology (Warwick: first), MSc in Occupational Psychology (Cardiff: Distinction) and a PhD in Psychology (Surrey). I joined the University of Sussex in May 2019. I have published my work in high ranking journals including Human Relations, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and Computers in Human Behaviour, and my research has been funded by the ESRC, Acas, Richard Benjamin Trust, NHS and other private bodies.

Research interests
  • The relationship between email actions, resource deployment and goal achievement
  • Well-being and new communication technology
  • Individual differences (specifically personality) in relation to email use and connectivity
  • Email interruptions
Research articles

Russell, Emma and Daniels, Kevin (2018) Measuring affective well-being at work using short-form scales : implications for affective structures and participant instructions. Human Relations, 71. pp. 1478-1507. ISSN 0018-7267

Russell, Emma, Lloyd-Houdley, Amy, Memon, Ally and Yarker, Joanna (2018) Factors influencing uptake and use of a new health information app for young people. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 36 (4). pp. 222-240. ISSN 1522-8835

Russell, Emma (2017) Five myths about email at work and how to cope with communications overload. The Conversation [weblog article, 9 November 2017].

Russell, Emma, Woods, Stephen A and Banks, Adrian P (2017) Examining conscientiousness as a key resource in resisting email interruptions : implications for volatile resources and goal achievement. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 90 (3). pp. 407-435. ISSN 0963-1798


Grant, C, Russell, E (2021) Agile Working and Well-Being in the Digital Age Palgrave Macmillan, Cham

Russell, Emma (2017) Dealing with work email: what are we doing and why are we doing it? In: Niven, Karen, Lewis, Suzanand Kagan, Carolyn (eds.) Making a difference with psychology. Richard Benjamin Trust, London, U.K., pp. 202-209. ISBN 9781788085670

Working papers

Russell, Emma, Lloyd-Houldey, Amy, Memon, Ally and Yarker, Joanna (2017) An independent evaluation of the NHSGo health app for children and young people in London. Project Report. Wellbeing at Work Research Group, Kingston upon Thames, U.K..

Russell, Emma (2017) Strategies for effectively managing email at work. Project Report. Acas, London, U.K..