Staff Profiles: Dr. Wendy Russell

Dr. Wendy Russell

Staff Profile: Dr. Wendy Russell
Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork

Dr. Wendy Russell

Dr. Wendy Russell

Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork

Performing Arts and Play

Wendy is Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork at University of Gloucestershire. She has worked on adventure playgrounds and in development, research, training and education with local, national and international organisations.

Biography

Wendy is Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork at University of Gloucestershire. She has worked on adventure playgrounds and in development, research, training and education with local, national and international organisations. Her research focuses on supporting children’s right to play, particularly in terms of the politics of space, policy and ethics. She is a co-founder of the biennial international Philosophy at Play conference.

Qualifications

Award Title Institution Date
BA (Hons) French Lancaster University 1977
MEd. Human Relations University of Nottingham 1995
PGCert PGCHE University of Gloucestershire 2004
PhD The Dialectics of Playwork: An Ethnographic Study of Playwork using Cultural Historical Activity Theory University of Gloucestershire 2014

Membership of professional bodies

FHEA

Teaching and research

Teaching

Wendy teaches undergraduate & postgraduate online courses on Perspectives on Play, Perspectives on Playwork, Social Policy, Ethics. Her transdisciplinary approach draws on geography, philosophy & sociology as well as psychology & biology.

Level

Undergraduate, Postgraduate

Research

Commission by IPA to write paper (with Stuart Lester) to support campaign for a General Comment on article 31 of the UNCRCWelsh Government’s Play Sufficiency Duty (with Stuart Lester)Co-creating an Adventure Playground (with Stuart Lester & Hackney Play Association)Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds  

Publications

More publications from Dr. Wendy Russell can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Children's play

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Professional positions

Member of editorial board of International Journal of Play; invited guest reviewer for Children, Children's Geographies, Leisure Studies.