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 (https://www.metro-project.eu/) 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.
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2022.102685