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Dr Stewart Russell, 6th August 1955 - 17th September 2011

With great sadness we mourn the untimely death of our friend and colleague Dr Stewart Russell.

Stewart Russell

Stewart joined the University of Edinburgh in 2006 as Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Social Sciences. He helped build the interdisciplinary research programmes of the Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation. His sustained efforts, particularly in developing our joint postgraduate programmes with the Science Studies Unit, paved the way for the establishment of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies subject group.

Stewart made an important contribution to the development of the field of Science and Technology Studies over many years. After short spells at Aston University and Edinburgh he spent 20 years at the University of Wollongong, inspiring a generation of students at their Science, Technology & Society program, before returning to Edinburgh.

His personal research revolved around the transition to environmental sustainability, including water management and cleaner energy technologies. His work highlighted institutional and structural factors patterning technological innovation, often impeding and sometimes affording rapid change, and yielded critical insights into the implications for policy.

He was tireless in his support for colleagues in their work and in building links with other scholars and with wider audiences.

He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his partner Lorraine and other members of his family.

We have created a space where friends, former students and colleagues can record appreciations and recollections: 

Stewart's funeral will be at 2pm Wednesday 28th September near Kettlebridge (Fife). Contact Geraldine Debard for further information.

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