School of Social and Political Science

Dr Ian Russell

Job Title

Lecturer in African Studies and International Development

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Building (Address)

Chrystal Macmillan Building

Street (Address)

15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

I am particularly interested in questions relating to education, knowledge-producing institutions, conflict, and development. My current research aims relate to the role of national statistics organisations in Africa in a changing data landscape. My doctoral research was a study of the challenges facing universities in Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka and their interactions with processes of peacebuilding and development. More recently, I worked with the METRO project ( to explore questions related to production of metrics and standards by international organisations. With the Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh, I co-conducted an investigation of the practice of ceasefires for vaccination campaigns. With colleagues, I have also carried out research examining trends in knowledge production in African Studies.


I am an experienced educator with a background in teaching that spans across different levels and educational settings. I believe in taking a critical approach to pedagogy and in taking an active approach to seeking out opportunities to support student development.

Staff Hours and Guidance

I offer staff hours Tuesdays 9.30-10.30am and Wednesdays 3-4pm. You can book a slot through If there are no suitable times available, please feel free to email me at to arrange a meeting.

Publications by user content

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Russell I. The limits on critical voice in conflict-affected universities: Evidence from Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. International Journal of Educational Development. 2023 Jan;96. 102685.
Russell I. Giving back and the moral logics of economic relations. Qualitative Research. 2022 Sep 28;1-18.
Russell I. Degrees of peace: Universities and embodied experiences of conflict in post-war Sri Lanka. Third World Quarterly. 2022 Apr 3;43(4):898-915.
Russell I, Wise L, Badanjak S. Shots for peace? Vaccination ceasefires and the fight against Covid-19. 2021.
Russell I, Wise L, Badanjak S. Breathing Space: Vaccination Ceasefires in Armed Conflict. Political Settlements Research Programme, 2021. 68 p.