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I am a Senior Lecturer in Education and Community Studies at the University of Huddersfield and the REF Coordinator for The School of Education and Professional Development. I have worked at The University of Huddersfield since 2008. My teaching and research interests focus mainly on issues of social justice and education policy. At Aston University in Birmingham, I gained my ESRC funded PhD ‘Pupil Resistance to Their Schooling Experience’ before engaging in my post as a Research Fellow at The University of Nottingham within the School of Education. I have been Principal Investigator for a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project that investigated young people’s experiences of working in the private sector.  I have also managed a longitudinal study concerning the experiences of NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) young people funded by The Leverhulme Trust. I have worked as a Senior Research Fellow exploring work-related learning for young people on E2E programs, a Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project that mapped alternative education provision across two Midland Local Authority's and an ESRC project aimed at exploring themes of social and educational inclusion through the creative arts with primary age school children. More recently I have managed The Education and Training Consortium funded projects that aimed to explore the experiences of BME trainee teachers and the experiences of volunteer trainees in unpaid teaching employment. I have also worked on an internally funded project aimed at developing understandings regarding student retention. Recently I have worked alongside Professor Helen Lomax on a RCUK funded project led by the Centre for Agri Environmental Research at the University of Reading with partners at the Universities of Northampton and Lund modelling landscapes for resillient pollination services in the UK. Together we explored people's feelings of well-being in agricultural landscapes. Currently I am PI on a project evaluating critical assessment of ESF funded Welsh regional NEET intervention strategies, contributing to over ten years worth of expertise regarding working with NEET young people. 

Since 2007 I have been a leading member of the Oxford Ethnography and Education Conference organising team. I am a member of the Editorial board of the Ethnography and Education Journal and Deputy Editor for the Teaching in Lifelong Learning Journal. I have also acted as Guest Editor for the international peer reviewed Special Issue of Improving Schools on pupil voice. I have refereed a range of research funding applications for the ESRC and the Associative Research Program – CONICYT (The Ministry of Education, Chile).

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Education policy
  • Poverty
  • Marginalised people
  • Issues of social justice
  • Key transition points
  • Ethnography
  • Participatory visual research methods
  • Social inclusion through the arts
  • Concepts of childhood and outdoor play 
  • Issues related to improving undergraduate student retention

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Research Output 2005 2019

Ethnography, ethics and ownership of data

Russell, L. & Barley, R., 17 Jul 2019, In : Ethnography.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
moral philosophy
everyday life
2 Citations (Scopus)

Participatory visual methods: exploring young people's identities, hopes and feelings

Barley, R. & Russell, L., 3 Apr 2019, In : Ethnography and Education. 14, 2, p. 223-241

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
everyday experience
everyday life

Competing power differentials in ethnographic writing: considerations when working with children and young people

Russell, L., Sep 2018, Ethnographic Writing. Jeffrey, B. & Russell, L. (eds.). E&E Publishing, p. 153-169 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ethnographic Writing

Jeffrey, B. (ed.) & Russell, L. (ed.), Sep 2018, E&E Publishing. 205 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Ethnography: Doing research with young people outside of education and employment

Russell, L., 2018, SAGE Research Methods Cases. SAGE Publications, (SAGE Research Methods Cases).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contribution


Activities 2016 2019

Digital Migrating with Women We Love: A Feminist Ethnography (Plenary Discussion)

Lisa Russell (Speaker)
11 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Research for Educational Administration and Leadership (Journal)

Lisa Russell (Reviewer)
25 Jul 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

Missing the target? Predicting NEET status and the risks of early intervention

Ron Thomson (Speaker), Lisa Russell (Speaker)
27 Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Student withdrawal and retention in Higher Education: their experiences in their words

Lisa Russell (Speaker)
7 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Doing ethnography with NEET young people

Lisa Russell (Speaker)
7 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media