Dr Catherine Durose

Dr Catherine Durose

Institute of Local Government Studies
Reader in Policy Sciences

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Dr Catherine Durose undertakes research, teaching and impact work on urban governance and public services, with particular interests in participation, intermediation and co-production.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Manchester, 2007
  • MA (Research), Governance and Public Policy, University of Manchester, 2004
  • BA (Hons), Politics, University of Sheffield, 2001

Biography

Dr Catherine Durose undertakes research, teaching and impact work on urban governance and public services, with particular interests in participation, intermediation and co-production.

Catherine was previously a Research Councils UK (RCUK) Fellow at De Montfort University, UK. In addition, she has held International Visiting Research Fellowships at the Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Institute for Governance and Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), and Tilburg University’s School of Politics and Public Administration.

Catherine's research has been supported by Horizon 2020, the Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and other public bodies. The research projects that Catherine has led and been involved with have attracted over £3 million of external funding.

Catherine is a passionate advocate for public engagement and is committed to working beyond academia for social and policy change. Catherine has held numerous external advisory roles, including within UK central government. Catherine also works with Citizens UK, a diverse civil society alliance organising for social change, sitting on both the Citizen UK leadership group and the Citizens UK National Council. Catherine's research practice reflects her wider interests with methodological specialisms in participative and co-productive methods.

Catherine also initiates and convenes 'Win: Win', a university-wide network supporting women in academia. In 2017, Catherine was named a 'Woman of Action' as part of the 'Making Space' initiative celebrating women at the University of Birmingham.

Teaching

  • MSc Public Management and Leadership
  • MPA (distance learning)

Postgraduate supervision

Supervised to completion:

  • Maureen O’Connor – sensemaking in organisational change
  • Steve White – public service ethos in partnership working

Catherine is currently supervising:

  • Brenda Ogembo (Commonwealth Scholar) – public participation in Kenya’s sub-national legislatures (submission expected September 2019)
  • Adriana Castillo (Colombian Institute for Science) – social accountability in Colombia (submission expected September 2020)

Catherine is interested in and happy to discuss supervising post-graduate students working on issues connected to her main research interests. Catherine also welcomes proposals from qualified and motivated scholars to undertake PhD or post-doctoral research.

Research

Research interests

Catherine's research is interdisciplinary, drawing on and contributing to knowledge in political science, public administration, urban studies and community work.

Catherine's interests span:

  • governance and public policy
  • policy design, analysis and implementation
  • democracy, representation and participation
  • decentralisation and localism
  • neighbourhood working and regeneration
  • public service delivery and reform

Research projects:

Catherine's current research portfolio includes two major projects,

  • ESRC Urban Transformations programme-funded 'Jam and Justice' (with the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester) involving the formation of an 'action research co-operative' to conduct experiments in participatory urban governance and social innovation in the context of city-regional devolution in Greater Manchester.
  • The Horizon 2020 European Research Area network (ERA-net)-funded project, 'Smart Urban Intermediaries' (with the Universities of Tilburg, Edinburgh and Roskilde), which will research the contribution of those individuals forging connections between and within communities and formal institutions of urban governance to social innovation.

Previous projects include:

  • ‘Who is accountable in localism?’ follow-on (ESRC Impact Accelerator Pilot, February to July 2014; Co-Investigator)
  • Translation across borders: exploring the use, relevance and impact of academic research in the policy process (Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities programme, from February 2014; Co-Investigator)
  • Making a difference in urban neighbourhoods: a cross-national comparative Q-methodology survey (European Research Initiative, from May 2013; Co-Investigator)
  • Interrogating Urban Crisis: Governance, Contestation and Critique (Urban Studies, from September 2013; Co-Investigator)
  • Ways of Knowing: exploring the different registers, values and subjectivities of collaborative research (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, February 2013 to January 2014; Co-Investigator)
  • Community Governance in a Context of Decentralisation (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, November 2012 to April 2013; Principal Investigator)
  • Re-defining Service Delivery (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, November 2012 to April 2013; Principal Investigator)
  • Evaluation of Community Organisers and Community First (Office of Civil Society, Cabinet Office, November 2012 to February 2015; Independent Advisor)
  • Reframing Citizen-State Relationships in a Time of Austerity: Community Empowerment in England and Scotland(Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, January 2012 to December 2012; Co-Investigator)
  • Beyond the State? Third Party Government in Comparative Perspective (Economic and Social Research Council; January 2011 to January 2013, Co-Investigator)
  • Addressing the Challenges of Reduced Public Spending in Local Government (ESRC Knowledge Transfer Partnership, January 2011 to December 2012; Academic Supervisor)
  • Towards Co-production in Research with Communities (Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities programme, January 2011 to November 2011; Principal Investigator)
  • Illuminating the Evolution of Community Participation (Arts and Humanities Research Council, January 2011 to November 2011; Principal Investigator)
  • Pathways to Politics (Equality and Human Rights Commission, September 2009 to June 2010; Principal Investigator)
  • Policy Implications for Delivering Local Community Empowerment Initiatives to empower communities(Department for Communities and Local Government/ Local Authority Research Council Initiative, September 2008 to January 2009, Project Co-ordinator)
  • Empowering Communities to Influence Local Decision Making – a Systematic Review of the Evidence(Department for Communities and Local Government, March 2008 to March 2009; Project Co-ordinator)

Other activities

Recent academic citizenship

  • 2016 ongoing, Critical Policy Studies Editorial Board
  • 2016 ongoing, Local Government Studies Editorial Board
  • 2015 ongoing, School of Government and Society (G&S) Athena Swan Gender Equality Mark Committee
  • 2015 ongoing, Principal Partnership Convenor, College of Social Sciences and Citizens UK: Birmingham
  • 2015-2016, ESRC representative, Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge Six Expert Working Group
  • 2014-2015, Scientific Committee, International Research Society for Public Management
  • 2014 ongoing External Examiner, Masters in Public Administration, University of Brighton
  • 2013-2016 Editor-in-Chief, Local Government Studies
  • 2013-2016, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer for the School of Government and Society
  • 2013 ongoing, Convenor, Win: Win network - supporting academic women at the University of Birmingham
  • 2012-2016, Director of Research for the Institute of Local Government Studies

Recent external non-academic appointments

  • 2015 ongoing, Representative of Citizens UK: Birmingham, Citizens UK National Council
  • 2014 ongoing, Principal Partner Representative, Citizens UK: Birmingham Leadership Group
  • 2014-2015, Board of Trustees, Langworthy Cornerstone Association Trust
  • 2014 ongoing, Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), 2014 ongoing
  • 2014 ongoing: Analytical Advisory Board, Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods, Department for Communities and Local Government
  • 2014-2015: Advisory Board, Future Shift
  • 2012-2015: Independent Academic Advisor, Office of Civil Society evaluation of Evaluation of Community Organisers/ Community First Neighbourhood Match Fund
  • 2012-2014: Analytical Advisory Board, Neighbourhood Community Budget pilots, Department for Communities and Local Government
  • 2012: Advisory Board, ‘Using place-based activity to address poverty and create resilience’, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)
  • 2010-2011: Steering Group for National Evaluation of Participatory Budgeting, Department for Communities and Local Government

Publications

Books

Durose, C. and Richardson, L. (2015) Designing public policy for co-production: theory, practice and change Bristol, Policy Press/ Chicago, University of Chicago Press

Durose, C., Greasley, S. and Richardson, L. (eds. 2009) Changing local governance, changing citizens Bristol, Policy Press.

Journal articles

Durose, C, van Hulst, M., Jeffares, S., Escobar, O., de Graaf, L. (2016) ‘Five Ways to Make a Difference: Perceptions of Practitioners Working in Urban Neighborhoods’, Public Administration Review, 76(4), 576–586

Durose, C., Mangan, C., Needham, C. and Rees, J. (2016) ‘Generating “good enough” evidence for co-production, Evidence and Policy, 13(1), 135-151

Durose, C., Justice, J. and Skelcher, C. (2015) ‘Governing at arm's length: eroding or enhancing democracy?’ Policy & Politics. 43(1), 137-153.

Beebeejaun, Y., Durose, C., Rees, J. Richardson, J. and Richardson, L. (2015) ‘Public value or public harm? Towards co-production in research with communities’, Environment and Planning C. 33(3), 552-565.

Durose, C., Justice, J. and Skelcher, C. (2015) ‘Governing at arm's length: eroding or enhancing democracy?’, Policy & Politics. 43(1), 137-153

Beebeejaun, Y., Durose, C., Rees, J., Richardson, J. and Richardson, L. (2014) ‘Beyond Text: exploring ethos and method in co-producing research with communities’, Community Development Journal, 49(1), 37-53.

Durose, C., Richardson, L., Combs, R., Eason, C. and Gains, F. (2013) ‘“Acceptable difference”: diversity, representation and careerism in UK politics’, Parliamentary Affairs, 66(2), 246-267.

Durose, C., Richardson, L., Dickinson, H. and Williams, I. (2013) ‘Dos and don’ts for involving citizens in the design and delivery of health and social care’, Journal of Integrated Care, 21(6), 326-335.

Durose, C. and Rees, J. (2012) ‘The rise and fall of neighbourhood in the New Labour era’, Policy & Politics, 40(1), 39-55.

Durose, C. (2011) ‘Re-visiting Lipsky: front line work in UK local governance’, Political Studies, 59(4) 978-995.

Durose, C. and Lowndes, V. (2010) ‘Neighbourhood governance: contested rationales within a multi-level setting – a study of Manchester’, Local Government Studies, 36(3) 341-359.

Durose, C. (2009) ‘Front line workers and “local knowledge”: neighbourhood stories in contemporary UK local governance’, Public Administration, 87(1) 35-49.

Brannan, T., Durose, C., John, P. and Wolman, H. (2008) ‘Assessing Best Practice as a means of innovation’, Local Government Studies, 34(1) 23-38.

Durose, C. (2007) ‘Beyond “street level bureaucrats”? Re-interpreting the role of front line public sector workers’, Critical Policy Analysis, 1(2), 196-213.

Durose, C. and Rummery, K. (2006) ‘Governance and Collaboration’, Social Policy and Society, 5(2) 1-7.

Selected book chapters

Durose, C. and Richardson, L. (2009) ‘Neighbourhood: a site for policy action, governance… and empowerment?’ in Durose, C., Greasley, S. and Richardson, L. (eds.) Changing local governance, changing citizens. Bristol, Policy Press.

Durose, C. and Gains, F. (2007) ‘Engendering the Machinery of Governance’ in C. Annesley, F. Gains, K. Rummery (eds.) Women and New Labour: Engendering Politics and Policy. Bristol, Policy Press.

Selected knowledge transfer reports

Richardson, L. and Durose, C. (2013) Who is accountable in localism? Birmingham, AHRC Connected Communities/ Department for Communities and Local Government/ University of Birmingham.

Durose, C., Mangan, C., Needham, C., Rees, J. (2013) Transforming local public services through co-production. Birmingham, AHRC Connected Communities/ Department for Communities and Local Government/ University of Birmingham.

Durose, C., Justice, J. and Skelcher C. (eds. 2013) Beyond the State: Mobilising and Co-Producing with Communities. Birmingham, University of Birmingham.

Bramah, M., Durose, C., Griggs, S. and Reynolds, A. (2012) The Ensuring Council: an alternative vision for the future of local government Manchester, Association for Public Service Excellence

Durose, C., Beebeejaun, Y., Rees, J., Richardson, J. and Richardson, L. (2011) Towards Co-production in Research with Communities. Swindon, AHRC Connected Communities.

Durose, C,. France, J., Lupton, R. and Richardson, L. (2011) Neighbourhood governance: Reflecting on UK and European Experiences. London, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion.

Durose, C. Gains, F., Richardson, L., Combs, R., Broome, K. and Eason, C. (2011) Pathways to Politics. London, Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Durose, C., Lowndes, V., Pratchett, L. Smith, G., Stoker, G. and Wales, C. (2009) Empowering communities to influence local decision-making: a systematic review of the evidence London, Department for Communities and Local Government

Expertise

Changing relationships between the state, communities and citizens; local decision-making, service delivery, neighbourhood working and community participation and empowerment.

Expertise

Changing relationships between the state, communities and citizens; local decision-making, service delivery, neighbourhood working and community participation and empowerment.