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Portrait of Dr Lisa Russell Dr Lisa Russell

l.russell@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478272



Biography

Qualifications: PhD, BSc, FHEA

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.

I have a long standing interest in ethnographic studies of marginalised young people and much of my work has been influenced by Paul Willis’ seminal ethnography ‘Learning to Labour’ published in 1977. I am the author of the book, Understanding Pupil Resistance, Integrating Gender, Ethnicity and Class published by E&E in 2011. Through exploring the lives of 22 individuals in two comprehensive schools in Birmingham, England and one state-governed school in Sydney, Australia I identify and analyse a new range of resistances. Resistance is viewed as a legitimate response to tensions faced by pupils inside and outside of school. International, national and local community structures, events, ideologies and practices are viewed as being reproduced within school and shaping a young person’s experience. Structuration theory is used to explore how young people are adept at challenging macro structures, inject agency and gain some form of power in their own educational experience. With Professor Robin Simmons and Dr Ron Thompson I have co-authored a second ethnography that illuminates the experiences of marginalised youth in post-industrial Britain.  In the book, Education, Work and Social Change: young people and marginalization in post-industrial Britain published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014, we take a critical materialistic approach to go beyond the duality of inclusion and exclusion and challenge current understandings about people Not in Employment Education and Training.

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 I have been Deputy Editor for the Teaching in Lifelong Learning Journal since 2012. 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 & Scholarship

Current Research Interests

  • Social Justice
  • Education Policy
  • Ethnography
  • Marginalised young people

Research Grants

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Young people’s experiences of working in the private sector: a case-study approach (2012-13) (Principal Investigator)

University of Huddersfield External Representation Fund: Developing a website for the Oxford Ethnography and Education Conference (2012-2013) (Principal Investigator)

The Leverhulme Trust: A longitudinal study of NEET young people (2010-13) (Named Senior Research Fellow with Robin Simmons and Ron Thompson)

The Aspire Trust: Young people on the margins: using creative methods in visual ethnography (2010-2013) (Named Senior Research Fellow with Robin Simmons and Ron Thompson)

Arts Council UK/Creative Partnerships: The impact of Creative Partnerships on whole school change (2006-2008) (Led by Pat Thomson, Chris Hall, Ken Jones and Nafisika Alexiadou)

Barclays Community Sports Sponsorship: Researching the spaces for sports programme (2005-2007) (Led by John Schostack)

University of Nottingham Staff Development Fund: Developing NVIVO staff training programme (2007) (Principal Investigator)

Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Managing the provision of alternatives to permanent exclusion (2005-2006) (Co-Principal Investigator with Pat Thomson)

ESRC: Promoting social and educational inclusion through the creative arts (2004-2006) (Led by Pat Thomson and Chris Hall)

ESRC Research Seminar Series: Engaging critically with pupil voice: children and young people as partners in school and community change (Led by Pat Thomson)

ESRC: Pupil resistance to their schooling experience (2001-2005) (PhD student: Principal Investigator)

Professional Activities and Consultancies

Kirklees NEET Strategy Group (2010-2013) – aim to reduce Kirklees NEET population and advise the group on the Leverhulme Trust NEET research project findings

Aspire Trust (2009-present) – external research appointment analyzing creativity and creative teaching in secondary schools, plus contribution to journal publication and ongoing external research fund raising opportunities

3D Educational Consultancy (2003-2007) – placing hard to reach KS4 students into alternative education, training and employment placements. Advise School Senior Management Team members to help improve GCSE grades and manage pastoral care

Presentation of papers at:

  • European Educational Research Conference (ECER)
  • British Educational Research Association Conference (BERA)
  • Oxford Ethnography and Education conference (OEC)
  • Discourse, Power, Resistance Conference (DPR)
  • Journal of Vocational Education and Training (JVET)

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Russell, L (2014) ‘Formerly NEET young people’s pathways to work; a case-study approachPower and Education , 6 (1), pp. 182-196. ISSN 1757-7438

Simmons, R., Thompson, R. and Russell, L. (2014) Education, Work and Social Change: Young People and Marginalisation in Post-Industrial Britain . : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137335920

Russell, L., Thompson, R. and Simmons, R. (2014) Helping unemployed young people to find private sector work York, UK: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2014) ‘Space, place and social exclusion: an ethnographic study of young people outside education and employmentJournal of Youth Studies , 17 (1), pp. 63-78. ISSN 13676261

Russell, L (2014) ‘Book review: What is Qualitative Research?, Martyn Hammersley, London: Bloomsbury,9781780933351, 2013 Qualitative Research , 14. ISSN 1468-7941

Russell, L (2014) ‘Book review: What are Qualitative Research Ethics?, Rose Wiles, London: Bloomsbury, 9781780938509 2013 Qualitative Research , 14. ISSN 1468-7941

2013

Simmons, R., Russell, L. and Thompson, R. (2013) ‘Young people and labour market marginality: findings from a longitudinal ethnographic studyJournal of Youth Studies , pp. 1-15. ISSN 1367-6261

Russell, L (2013) ‘Young mums outside employment, education and training’. In: Ethnography and Education Conference , 16th - 18th September 2013, Oxford, UK

Simmons, R., Thompson, R. and Russell, L. (2013) ‘Self-Esteem and Social Justice? Engaging Young People on the Margins of Education and Employment’. In: Journal of Vocational Education and Training 10th International Conference, 5th-7th July 2013, Worcester College, Oxford

Simmons, R., Russell, L. and Thompson, R. (2013) ‘NEET young people and the Labour Market: voices from the margins’. In: Discourse Power and Resistance Conference 2013 - Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion, 9th - 11th April 2013, London, UK

Simmons, R., Russell, L. and Thompson, R. (2013) ‘NEET young people and the labour market: working on the margins’. In: Youth Studies Conference, 8-12th April 2013, Glasgow, UK

Russell, L., Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2013) ‘Young people’s experiences of working in the private sector: a case study approach’. In: Discourse Power and Resistance Conference 2013 - Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion, 9th - 11th April 2013, London, UK

Russell, L (2013) ‘Researching marginalised young peopleEthnography and Education , 8 (1), pp. 46-60. ISSN 1745-7823

2012

Russell, L. and Owen, N. (2012) ‘The Creative Research Process: Delights and DifficultiesLEARNing Landscapes , 6 (1), pp. 355-371. ISSN 1913-5688

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘Spatial dialectics and social exclusion: young people not in education, employment or training’. In: European conference on educational research, 18 - 21 September 2012, University of Cadiz, Spain

Simmons, R., Russell, L. and Thompson, R. (2012) ‘Social exclusion, space and place: young people not in education, employment or training’. In: British Educational Research Association Conference, 4-6 September 2012, University of Manchester

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘Space, place and exclusion: young people outside education and employment’. In: Space Place and Social Justice in Education, 13 July 2012, Manchester Metropolitan University

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘Exploring the lives of NEET young people: using structuration theory to conceptualise the experience of ‘disengagement’ ’. In: Youth in Crisis and Community Interventions: Past, Present and Future Priorities, 21-22 February 2012, University of the West of Scotland

Thompson, R., Russell, L. and Simmons, R. (2012) ‘Exploring the lives of NEET young people – using structuration theory to conceptualise the experience of ‘disengagement'’. In: Youth in Crisis and Community Interventions: Past, Present and Future Interventions, 21-22 February 2012, Ayr, Scotland

2011

Russell, L., Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2011) ‘Conceptualising the lives of NEET young people: structuration theory and ‘disengagement’Education, Knowledge and Economy , 5 (3), pp. 89-106. ISSN 1749-6896

Russell, L. and Thomson, P. (2011) ‘Girls and gender in alternative education provision Ethnography and Education , 6 (3), pp. 293-308. ISSN 1745-7823

Russell, L., Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2011) ‘Ordinary lives: an ethnographic study of young people attending Entry to Employment programmesJournal of Education and Work , 24 (5), pp. 477-499. ISSN 1363-9080

Russell, L (2011) Understanding Pupil Resistance - Integrating Gender, Ethnicity and Class: an Educational Ethnography . : E & E Publishing. ISBN 9780956900708

2010

Russell, L., Simmons, R. and Thompson, R. (2010) ‘Playing the numbers game: Connexions Personal Advisers working with young people on Entry to Employment programmesJournal of vocational education and training , 62 (1), pp. 1-12. ISSN 1363-6820

Thomson, P., Byrom, T., Robinson, C. and Russell, L. (2010) ‘Learning about journal publication : the pedagogies of editing a 'special issue'’. In: Publishing pedagogies for the doctorate and beyond. London: Routledge. pp. 137-155. ISBN 9780415480192

2009

Thomson, P. and Russell, L. (2009) ‘Data, data everywhere - but not all the numbers that count? Mapping alternative provisions for students excluded from schoolInternational Journal of Inclusive Education , 13 (4), pp. 423-438. ISSN 1360-3116

2007

Hall, C., Thomson, P. and Russell, L. (2007) ‘Teaching like an artist: the pedagogic identities and practices of artists in schoolsBritish Journal of Sociology of Education , 28 (5), pp. 605-619. ISSN 0142-5692

Thomson, P., Hall, C. and Russell, L. (2007) ‘If these walls could speak: reading displays of primary children's workEthnography and Education , 2 (3), pp. 381-400. ISSN 1745-7823

Russell, L., Byrom, T. and Robinson, C. (2007) ‘Engaging critically with pupil voiceImproving Schools , 10 (1), pp. 3-4. ISSN 1365-4802

Russell, L (2007) ‘Visual methods in researching the arts and inclusion: possibilities and dilemmasEthnography and Education , 2 (1), pp. 39-55. ISSN 1745-7823

Russell, L (2007) ‘Mentoring is not for you!: mentee voices on managing their mentoring experienceImproving Schools , 10 (1), pp. 41-52. ISSN 1365-4802

Thomson, P. and Russell, L. (2007) Mapping the alternatives to permanent exclusion York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

2006

Thomson, P., Hall, C. and Russell, L. (2006) ‘An arts project failed, censored or … ? A critical incident approach to artist–school partnershipsChanging English , 13 (1), pp. 29-44. ISSN 1358-684X

2005

Russell, L (2005) ‘It's a question of trust: balancing the relationship between students and teachers in ethnographic fieldworkQualitative Research , 5 (2), pp. 181-199. ISSN 1468-7941

Miller, H. and Russell, L. (2005) ‘The personal, professional and political in comparative ethnographic educational research’. In: Methodological issues and practices in ethnography. : Elsevier JAI. . ISBN 9780762312528

Esteem

  • Member of Editorial Boards/Editorial Advisory Boards – Journal of Ethnography and Education and Teaching in Lifelong Learning
  • Guest editor – Special Issue of Improving Schools: Pupil Voice
  • Recent external PhD/EdD examinations: University of Sheffield Hallem (2013)
  • Recent referee for research funding applications – ESRC and CONICYT
  • External examiner, The Open University: Issues in Research with Children and Young People
  • Referee for a number of Journals, some of which include, Educational Research, Social Policy and Administration, Qualitative Research, International Journal of Lifelong Learning and Educational Action Research Journal, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Oxford Review of Education and Research in Post-Compulsory Education
  • Reviewed books for Routledge, Bloomsbury and Tufnell Press
  • Membership of Professional Societies

    • Fellow of Higher Education Academy Member
    • British Educational Research Association Member
    • The Ethnography and Education Association Member
    • The Discourse Power and Resistance Association Membe
    • Beta Gamma Sigma

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