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Jill Russell, BSc Econ MSc FHEA


Senior lecturer in Health Policy and Evaluation




Jill has a first degree in Social Policy from Cardiff and an MSc in Information Technology from Queen Mary. She has a broad background in health policy research and evaluation from a variety of research and evaluation posts in academic, local government and voluntary sector organisations, including the Institute of Education, Cardiff University, the London Research Centre, and Charities Evaluation Services. In 2000 Jill was appointed to the UCL Open Learning Unit, working with Trisha Greenhalgh to develop an online MSc in International Primary Health Care. She has developed a particular interest in e-learning and from 2005-9 was a Distance Education Fellow at the University of London Centre for Distance Education. She moved from UCL to join the Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit at Queen Mary in 2011.


  • Member of the London International Development Centre Distance Learning for Health (DL4H) project advisory group
  • Member of the Quality Assurance and Student Lifecycle Sub-Committee of the University of London International Academy


Jill’s work focuses on developing and applying qualitative approaches to studying health policy. She has a particular interest in the methodologies of linguistic ethnography, discourse analysis, action research, and interpretive policy analysis. She is currently engaged in an NIHR Research for Patient Benefit funded project exploring deliberations about the funding of NHS treatments (the so called ‘postcode lottery’ in health care). She is undertaking a PhD on rationality, judgement and rationing, supervised by Clive Seale and Trisha Greenhalgh.

Recent research projects include:

  • SCRIE (Summary Care Record Independent Evaluation): Evaluation of Summary Care Record and HealthSpace as part of the Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme (funding: Department of Health)
  • HERO (Healthcare Electronic Records in Organisations): Ethnographic study of impact of electronic records on work routines and interpersonal interaction in general practice (funding: Medical Research Council)
  • Rhetoric, evidence and policymaking: a case study of priority setting in primary care (funding: Leverhulme Trust/ESRC)
  • Evaluation of the University of London Centre for Distance Education (funding: University of London External System)


Course team member International MSc Programme in Primary Health Care, Global Health and Public Health


Research Interests:

Primary health care, e-learning, qualitative evaluation methodology, linguistic ethnography


Greenhalgh T, Russell J, Ashcroft R, Parsons W. Why national eHealth programs need dead philosophers: Wittgensteinian reflections on the reluctance of policymakers to learn from history. Milbank Quarterly, in press for Fall 2011 issue

Russell J, Greenhalgh T, Burnett A, Montgomery J. (2011) "No decisions about us without us"? Individual healthcare rationing in a fiscal ice age. BMJ; 342:d3279

Greenhalgh T and Russell J (2010) Why do evaluations of eHealth programs fail? An alternative set of guiding principles. PLoS Med; 7:e1000360.

Greenhalgh T and Russell J (2009) Evidence-based policymaking: a critique. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 52, 2: 304-18.

Swinglehurst D, Russell, J and Greenhalgh T (2008) Peer observation of teaching in the online environment: an action research approach. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. 24, 5: 383-393.

Greenhalgh T, Stramer K, Bratan T, Byrne E, Mohammad Y, and Russell J (2008) Introduction of shared electronic records: multi-site case study using diffusion of innovation theory British Medical Journal 337: 1040-1044

Russell J, Greenhalgh T, Byrne E, McDonnell J (2008) Recognising rhetoric in healthcare policy analysis. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 13, 1: 40-46

Chapters in books:

Russell J, Elton L, Swinglehurst D, Greenhalgh T (2011) Using the online environment in assessment for learning: a case-study of a web-based course in primary care. In Thomas M (ed) Online Learning. London, Sage.

Russell J and Greenhalgh T (in press 2011) Rhetoric, evidence and policymaking: a case study of priority setting in primary care. In Dawid P, Twining W, Vasilaki M (eds) Evidence, Inference and Enquiry. British Academy, London (distributed by Oxford University Press).

Russell J and Greenhalgh T (2011) Policymaking through a rhetorical lens. In Glasby J (ed) Evidence, policy and practice: critical perspectives in health and social care. Policy Press, London.


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