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I am a Senior Lecturer in Education and Community Studies at the University of Huddersfield. I have worked at Huddersfield University 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 in a Huddersfield University funded project that explored work-related learning for young people on E2E programs, a Joseph Rowntree Foundation 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.  Currently I am developing understandings regarding student retention and the reasons why undergraduate students withdraw from university.

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 2018

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


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

Barley, R. & Russell, L. 19 Feb 2018 In : Ethnography and Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

everyday experience
everyday life

Pedagogical Implications for Using a Wiki in Peer-to-Peer Learning Environments

Russell, L. 14 Jan 2018 In : LEARNing Landscapes. 11, 1, p. 233-242 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
learning environment
internet community
earning a doctorate
social media


Russell, L. 15 Nov 2017 Perspectives on and from Institutional Ethnography. Reid, J. & Russell, L. (eds.). Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, Vol. 15, p. xiii-xix 7 p. (Studies in Qualitative Methodology)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Perspectives on and from Institutional Ethnography

Reid, J. (ed.) & Russell, L. (ed.) 15 Nov 2017 Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.192 p. (Studies in Qualitative Methodology; vol. 15)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

everyday experience
sociological theory
social research

Activities 2016 2017

  • 2 Oral presentation

Ethnography, Ethics and Ownership of Data

Russell, L. (Speaker), Ruth Barley (Speaker)
13 Sep 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Ethnography: More Than the Written Field Note

Russell, L. (Speaker)
19 Sep 2016

Activity: Oral presentation