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Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS)

Dr Jill Russell, BSc Econ MSc FHEA


Senior Research Fellow



Jill has a first degree in Social Policy from Cardiff, an MSc in Information Technology from QMUL, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford.  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 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 joined the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at QMUL in 2011.  She has been an advisor for the Research Design Service London since 2013 and is currently the RDS London qualitative methods lead.


Research Interests:

Jill's research interests include qualitative research and evaluation methodologies, and a particular interest in linguistic ethnography and discourse analysis.  Recent projects include a rhetorical policy analysis of deliberations about resource allocation in the NHS, and a mixed methods evaluation of an e-learning intervention to improve employee well-being.


Research Groups:


Russell J, Berney L, Stansfeld SA, Lanz D, Kerry S, Chandola T and Bhui K. (2016) The role of qualitative research in adding value to a randomised controlled trial: lessons from a pilot study of a guided e-learning intervention for managers to improve employee wellbeing and reduce sickness absence. Trials DOI 10.1186/s13063-016-1497-8. 17:396.


Russell J, Swinglehurst D, Greenhalgh T (2014) ‘Cosmetic boob jobs’ or evidence-based breast surgery. An interpretive policy analysis of the rationing of ‘low value’ treatments in the English National Health Service.  BMC Health Services Research.  14: 413.


Dhedhi SA, Swinglehurst D, Russell J.  (2014) ‘Timely’ diagnosis of dementia: what does it mean?  A narrative analysis of GPs’ accounts.  BMJ Open. 4:e004439. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004439


Russell J and Greenhalgh  T. (2013) Being ‘rational’ and being ‘human’: How NHS rationing decisions are constructed as rational by resource allocation panels.   Health: an interdisciplinary journal for the social study of health, illness and medicine, DOI: 10.1177/1363459313507586.


Russell J and Greenhalgh T (2012) Affordability as a discursive accomplishment in a changing National Health Service.  Social Science and Medicine 75: 2463-2471.


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