Sarah Holland Doctoral Researcher


I gained a first class Honours degree from the University of Hull in The Theory and Practice of Counselling (June 2017).

From this I then gained a MSc Distinction from the University of Leeds Business School in Business Psychology.

I came into academia as a mature student having decided that I wanted to re-train from the job I was in at the time.  I didn’t feel that I was a natural scholar, (particularly at first), having not achieved very high grades at school and quite frankly being disinterested at school most of the time.  Luckily this time around I am interested if not fascinated by the learning opportunities which are available.  I continue to learn and am humbled and grateful at the opportunity to now be a Doctoral Researcher.

Before comencing the PhD I worked as a Research Assistant at the University of Leeds Business School with Prof. Kerrie Unsworth.  This role allowed me to develop my writing and reserch skills as I worked on numerous and diverse studies and with researchers from outside of the UK.  Being within the university allowed me and continues to allow me to gain a network and knowledge of subject areas which I previously had little to no knowledge of and as such develop a broader range of thinking.  

Research interests

My main areas of interest are in the realms of workplace design and how this can potentially affect (positively and negatively) workforce well-being.  am currently looking at workplace outside space both in conjunction with how the workforce use these and also with a further interest into how outdoor workspace can potentially support organisations and the workforce as the world emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.  This area of study is multi-disciplinary impacting other areas such as town planning, architecture, CSR and environmental studies.

Other areas which I have an interest in include, leadership, knowledge sharing and well-being in the workplace.  


  • BA (Hons) First Class The Theory and Practice of Counselling
  • MSc (Distinction) Business Psychology

Research groups and institutes

  • Workplace Behaviour Research Centre