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About Emma
I'm a freelance writer based in Hong Kong specialising in heavily reported features and profiles. I have contributed images and stories to digital and print publications, including VICE, BBC, The New Republic, SCMP, HKFP, and more. 

I have worked as a development researcher at Rise Films in London, was a features writer and production coordinator at Vogue HK helping to drive all English online content, edit the travel and lifestyle pages of the print magazine, commission photographers and produce photoshoots. Previously, digital assistant at Conde Nast Traveller in London.
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What Employers Should Know Before Trying a 4-Day Workweek

07 May 2024  |  www.shrm.org
The article discusses the complexities of implementing a four-day workweek, highlighting that while it may increase flexibility, it does not necessarily reduce workloads or prevent burnout. It emphasizes the need for a holistic approach to employee well-being, considering both productivity and time trade-offs. The New Zealand four-day workweek trial is cited, showing mixed results with increased work intensity for some employees. The authors, Emma Russell, Caroline Murphy, and Esme Terry, suggest that success in workplace flexibility lies in the details and requires a long-term focus on workforce well-being.

3 ways the Victorian government’s bail reforms fall short – and why it must embrace 'Poccum's Law'

21 Aug 2023  |  Daily Bulletin
The Victorian government's proposed bail reform bill is criticized for not adequately addressing the discriminatory effects of the current bail regime or fixing the state's remand crisis. The bill falls short in three key areas: delayed implementation, insufficient changes to the unacceptable risk test, and not removing the presumption against bail for all offences. The reforms come in response to the death of Veronica Nelson, an Indigenous woman who died in custody due to strict bail laws. Advocates, including Nelson's family, call for the adoption of 'Poccum's Law', a model for bail reform that would prevent such deaths and align with human rights standards.

Supermarket that was previously 'taking the mick' out of customers is now the second least expensive

02 Apr 2023  |  kentlive.news
Morrisons, once criticized for high prices, has become the UK's second cheapest supermarket, only behind Lidl. This change is attributed to Morrisons reducing chicken breast prices and maintaining competitive pricing on other essentials. Aldi, previously second, now trails Morrisons, with Tesco, Sainsbury's, and Asda following in the ranking. The comparison is based on a basket of eight essential items, including milk, bread, and meat, with Morrisons' total bill at £11.93, just 5p more than Lidl's.

Supermarket previously 'taking the mick' out of customers is now the second least expensive

02 Apr 2023  |  www.essexlive.news
Morrisons, previously criticized for high prices, has become the second cheapest supermarket in the UK, trailing only Lidl. After reducing the price of chicken breasts, Morrisons' total bill for eight essential items is now £11.93, just 5p more than Lidl. Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury's, and Asda follow in the price comparison. The Manchester Evening News has been tracking these prices for a year, noting the recent changes.

Supermarket that was previously 'taking the mick' out of customers is now the second least expensive

01 Apr 2023  |  Hull Live
Morrisons, previously criticized for frequent price hikes, has now become the second cheapest supermarket, trailing only Lidl. The shift is attributed to a reduction in the cost of chicken breasts, despite a slight increase in the price of mince. The total cost of eight essential items at Morrisons is now £11.93, just 5p more than Lidl. Other supermarkets like Aldi, Tesco, Sainsbury's, and Asda follow in the ranking, with varying total costs for the same items.

Comparison of Tesco grocery costs at the start of the cost of living crisis and now

05 Mar 2023  |  www.devonlive.com
Emma Gill, a reporter for Manchester Evening News, revisited a Tesco big shop she did in December 2021 to compare prices amidst the cost of living crisis. She found a 23.2% increase in her grocery bill, with significant price hikes in dairy products, fruits, vegetables, and meat. Despite some items being cheaper with Tesco's Clubcard, the overall increase has added an estimated £811 to annual household shopping bills. Kantar Worldpanel's data shows grocery inflation reached a record high of 17.1% in February, with grocery price inflation being a major concern for the public. Tesco responded by emphasizing their efforts to provide value through price matching and Clubcard deals.

I compared my Tesco big shop at the start of the cost of living crisis with what I'm paying now

01 Mar 2023  |  essexlive.news
Emma Gill from Manchester Evening News revisited a Tesco big shop she did in December 2021 to compare prices amidst the cost-of-living crisis. She found a 23.2% increase in her bill, with some items also reduced in size. Of the 58 products, 53 have risen in price, with 24 increasing by 30% or more. Grocery inflation has added an estimated £811 to annual household shopping bills. Kantar Worldpanel's data shows grocery price inflation reached a record high of 17.1% in February. Tesco responded by highlighting their efforts to provide value through their Clubcard scheme and Aldi Price Match.

Comparison of Tesco grocery costs at the start of the cost of living crisis and now

01 Mar 2023  |  Hull Live
Emma Gill of Manchester Evening News revisited a Tesco big shop she did in December 2021 to compare prices amidst the cost of living crisis. She found a 23.2% increase in her grocery bill, with 53 out of 58 products rising in price, some by over 40%. Grocery inflation has added an estimated £811 to annual household shopping bills. Kantar Worldpanel's Fraser McKevitt noted that grocery price inflation is a major concern for the public, second only to energy costs. Tesco responded by emphasizing their efforts to provide value through Clubcard deals and price matching.

I compared my Tesco big shop at the start of the cost of living crisis with what I'm paying now

01 Mar 2023  |  Hull Live
The article examines the significant increase in grocery prices since the start of the cost-of-living crisis in November 2021. Emma Gill from the Manchester Evening News compares her Tesco shopping bill from December 2021 to March 2023, revealing a 23.2% overall increase. Many items have not only risen in price but also decreased in size, exacerbating the financial strain on consumers. The article highlights specific price hikes in various products and includes insights from Fraser McKevitt of Kantar Worldpanel, who notes that grocery price inflation is a major financial concern for the public. Tesco responds by emphasizing their commitment to providing value through price matching and Clubcard offers.

I compared my Tesco big shop at the start of the cost of living crisis with what I'm paying now

01 Mar 2023  |  Hull Live
The article examines the significant increase in grocery prices since the onset of the cost-of-living crisis in November 2021. Emma Gill from Manchester Evening News compares her Tesco shopping bills from December 2021 and March 2023, revealing a 23.2% overall increase. Key items like milk, bread, and various groceries have seen price hikes of over 40%, with some products also reducing in size. The article highlights the financial strain on households, with grocery inflation reaching a record high of 17.1% in February 2023. Tesco responds by emphasizing their efforts to offer value through price matching and Clubcard deals.

British football fans boycotting World Cup

23 Nov 2022  |  theguardian.com
British football fans, including Alex Murphy, Jonathan Tomlinson, and Jessica Irving, are boycotting the World Cup in Qatar due to human rights concerns, particularly the death of over 6,500 migrant workers and the country's track record with women and LGBTQ+ rights. The boycott reflects a broader sentiment in the UK and Europe against Qatar's anti-gay laws and FIFA's corruption. Despite FIFA's call to focus on football, activists and fans are using platforms like TikTok to encourage a boycott, hoping to impact viewing ratings and future hosting decisions.

What Leaders Need to Know Before Trying a 4-Day Work Week

01 May 2022  |  Harvard Business Review
Research indicates that focusing on the long-term well-being of the workforce is essential for achieving happiness and prosperity. Considering a four-day workweek requires an honest appraisal of productivity and time trade-offs on worker well-being. Employers must recognize that reducing work hours should also involve revising or reducing workloads, and be aware that work intensity and stress could increase even with potential productivity benefits.

How Hong Kong’s waste problem is becoming a crisis after decades of government foot-dragging

13 Jan 2022  |  South China Morning Post
Hong Kong's waste management crisis has escalated due to government inaction over decades. As the population grew, landfills and incinerators were unable to keep pace with the increasing waste from a convenience-oriented society. Recycling efforts are minimal and largely voluntary, with a significant portion of recyclables ending up in landfills. The city lacks adequate recycling infrastructure, and private recyclers struggle to make recycling profitable. New initiatives, such as the New Life Plastics recycling plant, offer some hope, but the city still lags behind in sustainable waste management practices. International policies like China's National Sword and the Basel Convention have impacted the global recycling trade, further complicating Hong Kong's waste problem. The government's 2035 Waste Blueprint includes a waste charge and a new incinerator, but these measures face criticism and challenges. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue with increased single-use plastics and PPE waste, highlighting the need for a more effective and sustainable approach to waste management.

Research shows exactly how to break bad email habits at work

22 Dec 2021  |  www.fastcompany.com
Research conducted by academics from the University of Sussex, University of East Anglia, and Loughborough University, and published by The Conversation, indicates that work email habits can be addictive and contribute to stress. The study involved an intervention with 127 employees from a UK-based charity, providing tips to improve email habits and self-efficacy training. Results showed that workers who committed to the tips experienced improved well-being and work goal achievement. The research emphasizes the importance of individualized approaches and self-efficacy in changing work habits.

Ping, read, reply, repeat: how to break bad email habits at work

07 Dec 2021  |  uk.news.yahoo.com
Work email remains the dominant communication tool despite alternatives like Slack, Yammer, and MS Teams. Research indicates a habitual and addictive component to email use, contributing to stress and an always-on work culture. A UK-based charity concerned about email-induced stress among employees initiated a study to change work-email habits. The intervention involved providing email tips to employees, who then chose whether to implement them. Results showed that workers who committed to the tips changed their behavior, improving wellbeing and work goal achievement. Success was linked to high self-efficacy levels. The study highlights the importance of accommodating individual preferences and providing self-efficacy training to change habits effectively.

Bad email habits and how to break them

07 Dec 2021  |  The Independent
Work email remains the dominant communication tool in the digital working world, despite the availability of alternatives like Slack, Yammer, and MS Teams. Research indicates that email usage has an addictive, habitual component, contributing to stress among employees. An international UK-based charity sought to address this issue by implementing a long-term intervention to change email habits and improve wellbeing and productivity. The study involved 127 employees, with an intervention group receiving regular email tips and a control group receiving none. Results showed that those who adopted the tips experienced improved wellbeing and perceived ability to achieve work goals. The study highlights the importance of accommodating individual preferences and providing self-efficacy training to successfully change email habits.

Milestones in Hong Kong history: its first 7-Eleven, first shopping mall, first fusion restaurant, first Lan Kwai Fong club and more – do you know them?

19 Sep 2021  |  South China Morning Post
The article explores significant milestones in Hong Kong's history, including the establishment of its first 7-Eleven store, the first shopping mall (Ocean Terminal), the first fusion restaurant (Tai Ping Koon), and the first club in Lan Kwai Fong (Disco Disco). It highlights the cultural and social impacts of these developments, such as the role of Tai Ping Koon in pioneering fusion cuisine, the influence of Disco Disco on LGBT rights, and the transformation of public housing with the Shek Kip Mei Estate. The article also touches on the historical significance of Tsing Shan Monastery and the evolution of 7-Eleven in Hong Kong.

Number of women on remand in Victoria soars due to outdated bail laws

28 Jul 2021  |  The Conversation
Victoria's outdated bail laws have led to a significant increase in the number of women on remand, with many being held without conviction due to stringent bail conditions. These laws disproportionately affect women experiencing social disadvantages, such as homelessness and family violence. The article highlights the broader trend of rising remand populations across Australia and criticizes the politicization of bail laws aimed at appearing tough on crime. It calls for a reconsideration of bail practices to prevent further harm to vulnerable women.

emma russell

31 May 2021  |  emma russell
The author of the article is a journalist with a diverse background in lifestyle, environment, tech, and science journalism, currently working at the Guardian. They have experience in various roles, including sub-editing, writing, and production coordination, with previous positions at Vogue HK and Conde Nast Traveller. The journalist is also known for writing about art, music, and photography, and has been commissioned by i-D, among other publications. They have a strong focus on culture and regularly feature new artistic talent in their work.

Just checking in: how managers can keep remote teams together in a lockdown

09 Apr 2020  |  www.techradar.com
The global pandemic has necessitated a shift to remote work for many employees. Managers can maintain team cohesion by checking in with staff without overwhelming them, respecting work-home boundaries, ensuring clear digital communication, managing the volume of messages, and showing kindness and tolerance. Dr Emma Russell and Marc Fullman from the University of Sussex provide insights on effective remote team management.

This vibrant art book is saying 'fuck you' to Asian stereotypes

25 Feb 2020  |  www.vice.com
Lucia Yao Gioiello, a New York-based model and creative director, has created FAR—NEAR, a cross-cultural art book series that aims to broaden perspectives about Asia and move away from stereotypes. The series includes fashion editorials, critical essays, and photography, featuring work from acclaimed writers and international artists, as well as emerging Asian creatives. The book explores themes such as movement, taste, and identity, and includes contributions that challenge the exoticization and fetishization of Asian culture and people. Gioiello's goal is to celebrate Asian talent in a space that is open, broad, and varied, without being confined by ethnicity.

The Women of the 1980s HIV Crisis Aren't Ready to Be Forgotten

06 Dec 2018  |  www.vice.com
The article discusses the often overlooked impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on women, particularly women of color, in the United States. Despite the initial perception of HIV/AIDS as a 'gay plague,' women now account for over one-fourth of HIV cases in America, with heterosexual contact being the primary mode of transmission. The disease disproportionately affects women of color, with black women having a significantly higher risk of becoming HIV-positive. The article highlights the stories of several women who contracted HIV from their partners and the challenges they faced, including stigma, lack of support, and barriers to accessing care. It also addresses the advancements in HIV treatment and prevention, such as antiviral therapy and PrEP, while noting the persistent gaps in services and education for women of color. The piece underscores the need for increased awareness, funding, and research to support this vulnerable population.
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