Dr Alan Russell

Job Title and Responsibilities

Head of School - Journalism, Humanities and Social Sciences

About me

I graduated with a First Class degree in Modern Studies (International Relations and Economics) from North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1978. My Ph.D. research was undertaken at the University of Kent at Canterbury and successfully completed in 1985. My current full-time post at Staffordshire commenced in 1984. My teaching experience at Staffs is extensive and focused mainly in the area of International Relations and Politics.

Over the years I have also delivered courses at Nottingham University, Keele University and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Toulouse. I have also had many administrative roles before taking on the role of Awards Manager.  I have written one book, co-edited another, contributed to others and published in various academic journals with a general focus on technology and international political economy.



  • BA (Hons) Modern Studies (International Relations and Economics), First Class, North Staffordshire Polytechnic, 1978.
  • Ph.D. University of Kent at Canterbury: ‘The international politics and operational control of potentially dangerous technology’.


Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of British International Studies Association



My main areas of expertise fall within the international political economy of technological development.  I am also interested in International Relations theory and international political economy theory.


Enterprise and Commercial Activities

I have been involved in the development and delivery of short courses for the armed services. These are courses designed for the tri-services to provide opportunity to undertake contextual academic study.


Research Interests

My Ph.D. examined the emerging international safety concerns regarding genetic manipulation and work since then has extended the focus to biotechnology in general, including safety issues as well as commercialisation and development of the associated technologies. This has led to a single authored book and a co-edited volume. More recently I have widened my interest to consider the place of technology in globalisation and the operation of the international political economy.


Selected Publications


Russell, A. The Biotechnology Revolution: An International Perspective, Wheatsheaf and St. Martin's Press, Brighton and New York, January 1988, 266pp.
Russell, A. and J. Vogler (eds) The International Politics of Biotechnology: Investigating Global Futures, Manchester U.P, 2000.

Book chapters

'Technology as Knowledge: Generic Technology and Change in the Global Political Economy', in M. Talalay, C. Farrands and R. Tooze (eds), Technology, Culture and Competitiveness: Change and the World Political Economy, Routledge, 1997, pp.41-57.
 ‘Technology’, in D.MacIver (ed) Political Issues in the World Today, Manchester UP, 2004.
'Trade, Money and Markets', in B. White, R. Little and M. Smith (eds), Issues in World Politics, 3rd edition, Palgrave, 2005.

Articles in refereed journals

'Actor-Networks, International Political Economy and Risk in Genetic Manipulation', New Genetics and Society, vol.18, no.2/3, 1999, pp.157-179.
'Biotechnology and International Political Economy: Actor-Networks in the Knowledge Structure', in Russell and Vogler (eds) 2000, pp.85-99.


Current teaching

Broadcast Journalism and Government
Concepts in International Relations
Conflict and Journalism
Development of the Global System
Government, Politics and Journalism
Issues in World Politics
Public Affairs for Journalists
US Power in the Global Economy

Contemporary International Relations Theory
Diplomacy in a Global World
Global Policy Analysis
International Relations in the Twentieth Century
Money, Trade and Development



Dr Alan Russell
t: +44 (0)1782 294536
e: a.m.russell@staffs.ac.uk