Russell is the co-founder of the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Sport and Politics. This unique international group which has been in existence since 2005 focuses on the interface between sport and politics, drawing in specialists from the disciplines of sociology, philosophy, popular culture and geography. The group is very active and has staged four annual conferences hosted by Leeds Metropolitan University, Birkbeck University, Liverpool Hope University and the University of Wales.The 5th Annual Conference is scheduled for March 18th, and will be hosted by the University of Birmingham.
Russell's PhD thesis was published as a full-length academic volume, The Making of New Labour's European Policy (Macmillan, 2002), described as 'an important, innovative and, above all, timely book which fills a significant gap in the existing literature' (Professor Colin Hay). In addition, Russell's articles and reviews have appeared in both academic and popular publications including:
Russell has also been a regular contributor to Parliamentary Affairs, Political Quarterly, Politics and the Journal of Common Market Studies.
In recent years Russell has presented academic papers at conferences run by the Political Studies Association (in Manchester, London, Nottingham and Aberdeen). The Contemporary European Studies Association (Lincoln and London), the European Consortium for Political Research (Nicosia, Cyprus), Sport and Social Change (Toronto), Canadian European Studies Association (Toronto),The Irish Political Studies Association (Liverpool) and the International Studies Association (Vienna).