Centre for European and International Studies Research


Ms Catharine Russell

  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Journalism
  • Address: Milldam, Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, Hants PO1 3AS
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2193
  • Email: catharine.russell@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Catharine Russell is a former journalist and PR practitioner. She spent several years as Features Editor at the Press Association, Britain’s national news agency, responsible for generating a broad range of daily feature material for syndication to national and regional newspapers, broadcasters and consumer magazines.

She went on to become an assistant editor at Teletext, the former ITV and Channel 4 text service, managing a large team of writers and directing the round-the-clock features content across the company’s television services and web and mobile platforms.

She began her career as a reporter, feature writer and sub-editor on regional newspapers and more recently has worked in marketing and PR at a number of UK universities.

Catharine delivers a range of journalism and public relations units.

Teaching Responsibilities

Single and combined honours journalism:

  • Unit coordinator for Web Research
  • Lecturer on:
    • Theories and Techniques of Journalism
    • Press and Public Relations


I am currently working on two research projects. The first examines the role of African women as security actors and in July 2013 I was awarded a grant by the British Academy/Leverhulme to undertake a research project investigating gender dynamics in UN peacekeeping missions on the African continent.

The second explores the use of Web 2.0 technologies by non state armed groups operating in the east of Congo. The study considers how the discursive practices of these armed groups are evolving in a changing media environment and the approaches taken to secure political self-determination.  

Research clusters

  • International Development Studies and Security Issues
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Research profile

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