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Responsible Business Seminar: The importance of emotions in effective engagement and action on climate change

Northumbria University

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The importance of emotions in effective engagement and action on climate change

Dr Sally Russell, University of Leeds

Although people drive change, emotions drive people. In this seminar Dr Sally Russell will present the results of a Marie Curie funded research project that explored the ‘Emotional Attributions of Climate Change’. Based on the results of this project and using her background in organisational behaviour and change, she offers practical guidance on the crucial importance of values and emotions in how we engage people on sustainability and climate change. She will argue that unless we understand how we react (both rationally and emotionally) to the issues associated with climate change, and unless we appreciate and work with the links between values and emotions on one hand; and personal and organisational and behaviour change on the other, we will not be using the full evidence base of how good change happens.

Sally Russell is an Associate Professor in the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds, UK where she leads the Businesses and Organisations for Sustainable Societies Research Group. Her research focuses broadly on behaviour change for sustainability across domains including water, energy, food waste, and workplace proenvironmental behaviour. Her research has also examined how emotional reactions to environmental issues affect subsequent behaviour and decision-making – both within and outside organisations. Her work has been published in journals including: Water Resources Research, the Journal of Environmental Management, Business Strategy and the Environment, Frontiers in Psychology, and the Journal of Organisational Change Management.

As a signatory of the UN Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME), the Faculty of Business and Law is committed to promoting responsibility in our teaching, consulting and research. The Risk, Responsibility, Ethics and Governance research cluster brings together over ninety scholars and research students who aim to develop insightful, novel, and useful research.

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Event Details

Northumbria University
City Campus East
Business and Law Building, Room 403
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 2SU


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