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 Reader 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

Recent publications

Journal articles

How rural coworking hubs can facilitate well-being through the satisfaction of key psychological needs

Merrell, I., Füzi, A., Russell, E., Bosworth, G. (2022) Local Economy

Other publications

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..

New article on the 4-day work week in Harvard Business Review

27 May 2022

Researchers address what leaders need to know about the 4-day work week

Digit co-lead quoted in the New Statesman

14 February 2022

Digit co-lead Dr. Emma Russell was quoted in an article in the New Statesman on: The development dip: Has remote working stopped us learning?

Agile working and working from home – Digit researcher Dr Emma Russell co-edits new book

9 February 2021

Dr Emma Russell has co-edited a groundbreaking new book on agile working and working from home, Agile Working and Well-Being in the Digital Age.

Agile Working and Wellbeing in the Digital Age

10 September 2020

Emma Russell's new book is soon to be published.

Remote Work Can Actually Flip the Power Dynamic With Your Boss

28 July 2020

Dr. Emma Russell contributes to this article about how video can break down hierarchies by bringing people into each other’s worlds more fully.

From Emergency to Empowerment – special Soldo report featuring Digit researchers

14 July 2020

A new Special Report from Soldo discussing the future of hybrid-remote working

Harnessing the power of home working

21 May 2020

Emma Russell and Chidi Ogbonnaya discuss the power of home working.

How managers can keep remote teams together in the Coronavirus crisis

26 March 2020

Five pointers for how managers can use digital communications to keep their team together when they're spread apart in the Coronavirus lockdown. From Marc Fullman (PhD Student researching digital incivility) and Dr Emma Russell (Senior Lecturer in Occupational and Organizational Psychology) University of Sussex.

Out-of-office emails and work-life-balance

18 February 2020

Emma Russell features on the Nature podcast

Switching off – In an increasingly connected world, some are pushing back against being always on call.

18 February 2020

Emma Russell discusses an increasingly connected world on the BBC World Service.