Russell is currently based in Vancouver, working at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in the Economic Analysis and Statistics team where he supports socio-economic assessments and produces economic advice for proposed and existing policies and programs that impact fishers and fishing dependent communities.
He recently finished a Masters in Food and Resource Economics, with a focus on policy analysis, at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, he graduated from Concordia University with a degree in urban planning, where he concentrated on equity challenges in food systems.
Most of Russell’s research interests revolve around the social implications of economic and environmental questions. He is currently working on equity questions related to small versus large scale fisheries as well as exploring the distributional impacts of various marine resource conservation strategies, and is looking forward to having the opportunity to learn from the world-renowned researchers at the IOF.