School of Social and Political Science

Ian Russell

Job Title

PhD title: The Role of Public Universities in Post-War Processes of Conflict, Peace, and Social Change


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My research seeks to analyze the role that universities play in post-war environments. In particular, it examines how the dynamics of university communities, alongside the shifting landscapes of higher education, influence the ability of universities to engage with issues of conflict, peace, and social change. Fieldwork for the project has been carried out in Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka.

The research is funded by a Perfect Storm Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship.


2017 - present: PhD International Development, University of Edinburgh

2015 - 2017: MSc International Development, University of Edinburgh

2006 - 2010: BA (Hons.), MSci Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge

Research Affiliations

June 2019: Visiting Research Student, The Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

January - April 2019: Visiting Research Student, The Open University of Sri Lanka


Professor Jonathan Spencer

Dr. Hazel Gray

Research interests

Research interests

Knowledge production, Education, Peace and conflict, Post-conflict societies, Post-conflict reconstruction, Higher education, Pedagogy and politics, Knowledge and development