BA (London, 1966); MSc (London, 1967); PhD (London, 1970); MLitt (Dublin, 1990)

Russell came to Sussex in 1993; previously he had been Professor of Geography at Trinity College Dublin (1986-93) and Lecturer in Geography at the University of Leicester (since 1970). He has held visiting appointments at the University of Malta (1977 and again in 2014), Ben Gurion University of the Negev (1981), the University of Trieste (1990) and Cornell (2005). During 2013 he was Willy Brandt Guest Professor in Migration Studies at Malmo University and he continues there as part-time visiting professor. In 1986 he was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Edward Heath medal for his work on the geography of Europe and the Mediterranean, and he is Honorary Fellow of the Società Geografica Italiana. At Sussex he was Dean of the School of European Studies (1998-2001), Head of the Geography Department (2004-07) and Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Research (1998-2011). He was editor of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies from 2000 till 2013.