Dr Emma Gritt


Emma is a Lecturer in Information Management and Programme Director for the BA Business Management with Marketing. Previous to this, Emma served as Programme Director for the MSc Information Systems and Information Management (2017-2019). Emma completed her PhD at Leeds University Business School in 2018, exploring information behaviour and police use of social media. Her research is of an interdisciplinary nature working across Information Systems and Management. Emma has expertise in qualitative research methods exploring organisational adoption and use of digital technology and how this influences work practices. Through her academic research and time spent within the Crime and Policing Analysis Unit at the Home Office, she has experience in providing policy guidance to national policy makers. 

Emma is currently co-leading a research project “Policing beyond the Pandemic” exploring the how police work practices are changing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has recently worked within the AIMTech Research Centre in Leeds University Business School on large national projects exploring policing, information and technology in the UK. She is also working with colleagues across the Business School to explore digital transformation within the boradcasting and media industry. Prior to joining the university, Emma has previously worked as a research assistant at St Chads College, Durham University and Teesside University on a variety of private and public sector funded projects, including an evaluation of O2/Telefonica’s corporate social responsibility programme, Think Big. 




  • Programme Director for BA Business Management with Marketing

Research interests

Emma’s research interests focus on the role of digital technologies in organisations. She is specifically interested in:

- How new technologies influence work practices, including their adoption, use and resistance

- The role of social media for information sharing and communication

- Applying critical approaches to the study of social media and digital platforms

- The tensions and contradictions that arise through digital technologies 



  • PhD in Management, University of Leeds
  • MA in Criminology, University of Hull
  • BA in Psychology and Applied Criminology, Leeds Metropolitan University

Professional memberships

  • Association for Information Systems

Student education

As well as her Programme Dirctor role, Emma leads and teaches on a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate. Her teaching primarily focuses on topics such as the digital workplace, the management of information, social media and knowledge management, co-creation and collaboration, critical perspectives to technology, and digital skills for the workplace. Her pedagological approach blends theory and practice and is therefore both research informed and developed with industry leaders. Emma enjoys creating interactive learning environments which draw on industry talks, group projects and case studies. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Adaptation Information Management and Technology

Current postgraduate researchers