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PhD Student Chris Russell

PhD Student

Institute of Health & Society

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Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2013), University of Worcester.
MSc Applied Social Studies (1997), University of Oxford.
BA Honours Sociology & Politics (1992), University of Hull.

Chris Russell is a full-time PhD student in the Association for Dementia Studies, Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester. Chris is studying for a PhD exploring dementia, sport and identity, focusing upon enabling people with dementia to remain engaged with sporting activity and researching outcomes of continued involvement, and potential benefits. Priorities for investigation include: exploration of social aspects of continued engagement for individuals, and impact upon feelings of self-confidence, and self-esteem. The context of the research is community leisure centres.

Previously, Chris developed and then led the Foundation Degree in Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester. Chris is a qualified social worker, and has worked in community settings for over twenty years, in locations as diverse as London and Lancashire. Using this experience Chris led teaching modules on Masters and Undergraduate level professional social work courses at the Universities of Worcester and Gloucestershire.
Sport plays a big part in Chris’ life. He is the coach of an Under 15 boys football team, a member of the Football Association of England Licenced Coaches' Club, and is completing the Football Association Level 2 in Coaching Football Award.

Chris is supervised by Professor Dawn Brooker, Dr Geoff Kohe, and Dr Shirley Evans.


Peer reviewed journal articles
Russell, C. (2016) People with dementia, contributing to learning and teaching in higher education: Innovative practice Dementia: The international journal of social research and practice 0(0) 1–6 DOI: 10.1177/1471301216685460

Practice Publications
Russell, C. & Xu, Q. (2015) Lived Experience at the Centre of Learning. The Australian Journal of Dementia Care 4 (5), 18-19

Russell, C. & Xu, Q. (2015) Lived Experience at the Centre of Learning. The Journal of Dementia Care 23 (4), 18-19

Mackian, S. Russell. C, & McCalla, L. (2013) “Preparing to Lead” In Mackian, S. & Simons, J. Leading, Managing, Caring: Understanding leadership and management in health and social care. Open University, 1-27.

Invited Conference Presentations
Russell, C. (November, 2016) Sport, Identity and Dementia. Mental Health Issues, Cradle to Grave. Worcestershire Health & Care Trust and the University of Worcester, University of Worcester.
Russell, C. (July, 2012) What the Care Act Will Mean for Social Work? The Future of Social Work Conference. University of Gloucestershire.

Refereed Conference Presentations
Russell, C. (November, 2016) “Experts by Experience Tutors” – people with dementia contributing as tutors on a University course in the UK. Excellence in Dementia Research and Care. 26th Alzheimer Europe Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Link Group. (November, 2015) People with Dementia and Carers Contributing to Teaching. Learning from Each Other. 10th United Kingdom Dementia Congress. Telford, United Kingdom.

Russell, C. (October, 2014) People with Dementia Contributing to Teaching and Learning at Higher Education level. Dignity and Autonomy in Dementia. 24th Alzheimer Europe Conference, Glasgow.

Russell, C. (October, 2013) Improving Practice in Dementia - involving the people who matter most. People, Policy and Practice. Research in Focus Conference, the University of Worcester