Lani Russell came to sociology from history and to the UK from Australia in 2000. Her interdisciplinary PhD, awarded in 1999, explored the relationship between the labour movement and radical student movement in Australia in the 1960s. She took up a teaching post at GCU in 2007 having held postgraduate research fellowships at GCU and at the University of Sussex. Lani’s published work has been in the fields of women’s history, oral history and race equality. Her textbook Sociology for Health Professionals, based on her GCU teaching experience, was published by Sage in 2013. The main focus of her current research is race, migration and empire, including a study of the implications of concepts of ‘cultural competence’ and competence in the NHS.