Dr Stephanie Russell

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Human Resources Management

Research Supervision:Yes

Stephanie lectures in the field of HRM and Organisational Behaviour and her research interests are work-based in nature. She has also published about management gurus, employer branding, remote working and has worked with the Chartered Management Institute to publish work on female leaders.



Dr Stephanie Russell started full-time teaching in Higher Education in 2011. She has experience of teaching campus-based undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of Business, Management and Human Resource Management. She is also experienced in undertaking the role of academic mentor, providing personal tutoring, academic and career guidance to placement students. More recently she has moved into the field of apprenticeships working with the Level 6 CMDA students and leads on the Level 7 Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship within the Corporate Programmes Education Team. In August 2015, Stephanie completed a two-year, full-time secondment as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Institute for International Management Practice (IIMP). She worked on an ESRC funded research project (CURA-B) which was based on the role of assistive technology in improving elderly people’s health care and also published a co-authored paper in Organization Studies (16/04/15). She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and have also been a lead supervisor for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KEEP) (December 2014-April 2015). Stephanie is also an Academic Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and member of the Chartered Management Institute. 

Research interests

  • Stephanie's research interests are on the impact of regulation for firms in the Passive Fire Protection Industry. She is interested in the role of norms and values in understanding differential levels of compliance to State regulation and her theoretical contribution is in the fields of institutional and critical theory.
  • She is currently working on an ESRC project bid (£250,000) about Business Information Modelling (BIM) alongside Reading University and Prof Chris Ivory (IIMP).
  • The research methods she specialises in are qualitative in nature, including interviews, non-participation observation and documentary analysis.

Areas of research supervision

First Supervisor for a PhD thesis exploring the effect of generational differences on training and development - due to complete 2021

Second Supervisor for a PhD thesis on human resource management practices in Nigeria - current 2021

Third Supervisor for a PhD thesis completed in the area of Regulatory Enforcement and New Olympic Regulations during the London 2012 Olympics - completed 2017


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University (June 2012)
  • PhD in Management, Keele University (September 2011)
  • MRes (Master of Social Science Research Methods - Management), Keele University (June 2008)
  • BA (Hons) in Human Resource Management and Business Administration, Keele University (June 2007)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Reviewer for the Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning Journal
  • CMI Member (since 2011): membership number P04566101
  • CIPD Academic Member: membership number 44779182.
  • HEA Senior Fellow, reviewer of Senior Fellow applications and now a Faculty teaching reviewer

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Awaiting the result of a grant submitted to the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB) in December 2014, worth £3,000. The project will be funded by the CIOB and will explore the role of Local Authority Building Control (LABC) agencies and their response to regulatory requirements.
  • Currently working with Professor Chris Ivory on a Business Information Modelling (BIM) grant in conjunction with academics at Reading University.
  • Lead academic supervising a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with a company called Floorspan in Wisbech (duration: January 2014 - July 2014).

Selected recent publications

Publications - Peer Reviewed:

McCade, D. Ciuk, S. and Russel, S., 2019. Understanding and Analysing Resistance to Management Ideas. Book chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Management Ideas. Edited by Andrew Sturdy, Stefan Heusinkveld, Trish Reay and David Strang.

McCabe, D. And Russell, S., 2017. The Costumes Don’t Do it for Me: Obstacles to the Translation of 'New' Management Ideas, Management Learning, Vol 48 (5):566-581

Russel, S. and Brannan, M.J., 2016. Deregulation is so nineteen eighties, we're into better regulation now: Exploring the unintended consequences of self-regulation in the Passive Fire Protection Industry. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 5 (3). pp 287-303

Russell, S. and Brannan, M.J., 2016. Getting the Right People on the Bus: Recruitment, Selection and Integration for the Branded Organization. European Management Journal, 34 :114-124

Russell, S. and McCabe, D., 2015. Regulators, Conformers and Cowboys: The Enterprise Discourse and Discourses of Resistance in the Passive Fire Protection Industry. Organisation Studies Vol 36 (12) 1693-1713

Publications - Media:

Russell, S., October 2019. How remote working can increase stress and reduce well-being. Published in The Conversation

Russell, S. and Simpkin, T., current work in progress. Girl in boots: Gender as a conflicting legitimising factor of competence in the construction industry (provisional title for submission in Gender, Work and Organisation Special Issue - was submitted in October 2019, editorial feedback given in April 2020 - rewriting in progress

Russell, S. and Simpkin, T., August 2017. How to succeed as a modern female leaders: behave like a man. CMI Insights Magazine

Russell, S., March 2017. Thing-ification: why the human face of the workplace needs to be brought back in. Published in The Conversation

Russell, S., 2011. Internalizing the brand? Identity Regulation and Resistance at Aqua-Tilt in Brannan, M.J., Parsons, E. and Priola, V. (eds), Branded Lives: The Production and Consumption of Meaning at Work, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Invited to deliver a talk on regional innovation systems in healthcare to Keele University’s business school (3 December 2014)