Dr Zoe Russell

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Research Associate


  • PhD, University of Stirling 
  • MRes Applied Social Research, University of Stirling
  • MSc Global Environment, Politics & Society, University of Edinburgh
  • BA Hons Criminology and Politics, University of Stirling


Technical/Research interests

  • Cultural heritage
  • Sustainable development & nature-culture relations
  • Communities and political governance

Employment history

  • Joined the Centre for Mountain Studies in February 2022 as a Research Associate
  • Previously spent time teaching in social theory and international politics at the University of Stirling
  • Completing a PhD and working as a volunteer with Wester Ross UNESCO biosphere
  • Experience completing short research and policy projects including on biocultural heritage for the Inherit Institute, on Wellbeing and Sustainable Development for Scotland’s International Development Alliance


  • CULTIVATE 2021-2024: Co-creating cultural narratives for sustainable rural development, JPI Cultural Heritage

Published papers

  • Russell, Z., (2022) ‘The Isle of Man Biosphere Reserve: An Entire Nation Approach to Sustainable Development’, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1523908X.2022.2099366

  • Russell, Z., Beattie, L. and Heaney, D. (2021) ‘Spaces of well-being: Social crofting in rural Scotland’, Journal of Rural Studies, 86, pp. 145–154. doi:1016/j.jrurstud.2021.05.007.

  • Russell, Z. (2021) ‘Common Sense Discourses of Nature: A Gramscian Analysis of Conservation Designations in the Scottish Highlands’, in Heritage and Environment, 5th Central European Heritage Forum, Krakow, ICC, pp. 47–66.


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