I joined Aston University’s Sociology and Public Policy group as a Lecturer in Public Policy in September 2010.
Previously I was based at King’s College London, where I was a Lecturer in Public Policy and Acting Director of the King’s NIHR Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre. I also directed the Risk Programme within the PSSQ Research Centre.
Before working at King’s, my first academic post was an Economic and Social Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the London School of Economics.
- BA with First Class Honours in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of Oxford, 2001
- MRes (distinction) in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, 2002
- PhD in Government, London School of Economics, 2006
2010 – date: Lecturer in Public Policy, Sociology and Public Policy Group, Aston University.
2007 – 2010: Lecturer in Public Policy, King’s Institute for the Study of Public Policy, King’s College London.
2006: Economic and Social Research Council postdoctoral fellow, Department of Government, London School of Economics.
I convene or teach on eight modules at Aston, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level: Public Policy-Making and Analysis (with Karen West), Comparing Public Policies, Global Social Policy, Modern British Governance, Social Policy: Contemporary Themes and Challenges (with Karen West and Crispian Fuller), Public Policy, Public Management and Governance (with Karen West), Business and Government (with Josie Kelly and Crispian Fuller), and Health Care Policies and Organisation (with Karen West, Crispian Fuller and Pam Lowe).
I have previously supervised students working on topics connected with comparative public policy, and risk and regulation.
I welcome applications from prospective PhD students interested in working in the fields of comparative public policy, risk and regulation, or economic liberalisation.
Comparative Public Policy, 2012, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Can incident reporting improve safety? Healthcare practitioners' views of the effectiveness of incident reporting, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, with Janet Anderson, Naonori Kodate and Rhiannon Walters, Advance published on journal website
Understanding institutional conversion: the case of the National Reporting and Learning System, Journal of Public Policy, forthcoming, with Naonori Kodate
The Future of Public Administration, Special edition of the journal Public Policy and Administration, and Introduction to Public Administration in an Age of Austerity: The Future of the Discipline within the special edition, forthcoming July 2012, both with Josie Kelly
Logics, Thresholds, Strategic Power, and the Promotion of Liberalisation by Governments: A Case Study from British Higher Education, Public Policy and Administration, advance e-published 2011, full print forthcoming
Accountability, organisational learning and risks to patient safety in England: conflict or compromise?, Health, Risk and Society, 13(4), 327-346, with Naonori Kodate
The British higher education funding debate: the perils of ‘talking economics’, London Review of Education, 2011, 9(3), 317-331
Top-down or bottom up: the real choice for public services?, The Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, forthcoming, with Dan Paskins (ECVS)
The challenge of improving patient safety in primary care, British Journal of General Practice, 2009, 59: 805-806, with Naomi Fulop (King’s NIHR Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre)
Liberalization and the public sector: the pre-eminent role of governments in the ‘sale’ of higher education abroad, Public Administration, 2009, 87(2): 397-411
Families “at risk” and the Family Nurse Partnership: the intrusion of risk into social exclusion policy, Journal of Social Policy, 2009, 38(3): 499-514
How does globalization interact with higher education?- The continuing lack of consensus, Comparative Education, 2008, 44(4)
The Core Executive's Approach to Regulation: From `Better Regulation' to `Risk-Tolerant Deregulation', Social Policy and Administration, 2006, 40(5)
The spread of evaluation in international higher education- a uniform phenomenon?, European Journal of Education, Spring 2005.
Le développement des agences en Grande-Bretagne et en France- L’exemple d’EduFrance, transfert d’outre-Manche ou création indigène? (The growth of agencies in Britain and France: EduFrance- transferred from Britain, or an indigeneous creation?), Revue Française d'Administration Publique, 2004, 111
The Politicisation Of Trade In Health And Education Services: Black And White Divisions Over A 'Grey Area', Scottish Affairs, Issue No.46, Winter 2004.