Dr Bertie Russell

Research Associate

About Bertie

Bertie is a Research Associate in the Urban Institute, and works on ESRC Jam & Justice project and as part of the international MISTRA Urban Futures. He has a PhD from the University on Leeds focused on the politicization of scientific knowledge in the radical climate and climate justice movements. He has previously worked at the University of Leeds, Liverpool and Salford.

Research interests

His research interests are in participatory and deliberative democracy; utopianism and directional demands; the dismantling of post-politics; the organisation of the commons and post-capitalist transition; and the rise of new forms of urban internationalism. He is also a member of the UK organization Plan C.


Russell, B. (Accepted 2019) ‘Beyond the Local Trap: New Municipalism and the Rise of the Fearless Cities”, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography

Roth, L. (2019) ‘Which municipalism? Let’s be choosy’, Translated by B. Russell, Opendemocracy.net

Russell, B. & Milburn, K. (2018) ‘What can an institution do? Towards Public-Common partnerships and a new common-sense’Renewal 26(4): 45-55.

Russell, B. & Roth, L. (2018) ‘Scaling up, or scaling out? Trans-local solidarity and the new municipalist movements’. ROAR Magazine, Issue #8.

Russell, B. (2018) ‘Municipal What?: Reflections on #municipalsocialism in the 21st Century

Russell, B. (2018)  ‘The Urban Alternatives Project: Mapping Urban Transformation’ Red Pepper. #220. Jun/Jul 2018

Russell, B. & Reyes, O. (2017) ‘Fearless Cities: The New Urban Movements’ in Red Pepper

Plan C & Russell, B. (2017) ‘Radical Municipalism: Demanding the Future’ OpenDemocracy.net

Russell, B. & Reyes, O. (2017) ‘Eight Lessons from Barcelona en Comú on How to Take Back Control’ OpenDemocracy.net

Russell, B. (2016) ‘Is another urbanization possible?’ Regions 303(3): 11-13

Russell, B. (2016) ‘The EU referendum: damned if you leave, damned if you remain’, Red Pepper.

Russell, B; Schlembach, R. & Lear, B. (2016) ‘Carry on Camping? The Camp for Climate Action as Political Refrain’ in Feigenbaum, A; Frenzel, F. & McCurdy P. (2016) Protest Camps: Past tents, present tents. Routledge: London

Russell, B. (2015) ‘What can a demand do?’, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. 

Russell, B. (2014) ‘Beyond Activism/Academia: Militant Research in the Radical Climate and Climate Justice Movement(s)’. Area Journal Special Issue: Practising Participatory Geographies: potentials, problems and politics.

Russell, B. (2012), ‘Towards psychological revolt against the machines of subjectification’, Asylum: A Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry. 19(3)

Russell, B; Pusey, A; Sealey-Huggins, L. (2012) ‘Movements and Moments for Climate Justice: From Copenhagen to Cancun via Cochabamba’, ACME, 11(1): 15-32

Russell, B. & Pusey, A. (2012) ‘Do the entrepreneuriat dream of electric sheep? Why contemporary activists talk about power’, in A. Lunghi & S. Wheeler (eds.) (2012) Occupy Everything: Reflections on why it’s kicking off everywhere. Wivenhoe/New York/Port Watson: Minor Compositions/Autonomedia

Russell, B; Pusey, A. & Chatterton, P. (2011) ‘What can an assemblage do? Seven propositions for a more strategic and politicized assemblage thinking’, City, 15(5)