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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Jill Russell, BSc Econ MSc FHEA


Senior Research Fellow




I have a first degree in Social Policy from Cardiff University, an MSc in Information Technology from QMUL, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. I have a broad background in health and social 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, UCL, the London Research Centre, and Charities Evaluation Services. I joined QMUL in 2011 and am a member of the Centre for Evaluation and Methods. From 2013 - 2023 I was an advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service and the qualitative methods lead for the London team. I am the co-institutional lead at QMUL for the NIHR Research Support Service Imperial and Partners Hub, and co-lead the qualitative experts team for the Hub. I have helped develop and deliver a module on qualitative research methods for the MRes in Health Data in Practice, part of a Wellcome funded doctoral training programme, in WIPH.




Research Interests:

My 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. 

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Outstanding publications:

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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