Dr Catherine Durose

Dr Catherine Durose

Institute of Local Government Studies
Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, School of Government and Society
Senior Lecturer, Institute of Local Government Studies

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Catherine Durose is Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer for the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham and Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Local Government Studies.

Qualifications

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

Biography

Catherine Durose is Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer for the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham and Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Local Government Studies.

Catherine has previously held an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship at the University of Manchester and a Research Councils UK (RCUK) Fellowship and a Senior Research Fellowship at De Montfort University. Catherine has also held International Visiting Research Fellowships at the Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Institute for Governance and Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), with forthcoming Fellowships at Tilburg University’s School of Politics and Public Administration, and the University of Melbourne’s School of Government. Catherine is Editor-in-Chief of Local Government Studies, the leading ISI-ranked journal in its inter-disciplinary field and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Policy & Politics.

Catherine’s research focuses on the politics, policies and practices of community, participation and co-production, fields in which she is recognised as a leading international scholar. Catherine has led and been involved in over 20 research projects in these areas, attracting a research income in excess of £2.35 million and supported by the ESRC, Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Connected Communities programme, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and other public bodies. Catherine is involved in a major new research project funded by the ESRC’s Urban Transformations programme, ‘Jam and Justice: co-producing urban governance for social innovation’, which aims to create a unique space for social innovation to co-produce, test and learn from new ways of governing cities.
Building on her co-edited collection, ‘Changing Local Government, Changing Citizens’ (Policy Press 2009), Catherine’s co-authored book, ‘Designing Public Policy for Co-Production’ (Policy Press/ University of Chicago Press 2015) will be published later this year. This innovative book challenges the inadequacies and limits of conventional policy design in addressing many of the complex challenges we face as a society, opening up a conversation about how to imagine, experiment and realise a radically democratic alternative form of policy design: co-production. Catherine’s further work has been published in journals such as Public Administration, Political Studies, Community Development Journal, Parliamentary Affairs and Environment and Planning C. Her work is forthcoming in Policy & Politics, Evidence & Policy and Public Administration Review. Catherine also researches and has published on other issues including, local governance, regeneration, neighbourhood working, localism, devolution, public service reform, institutional design and participatory research practice.

Catherine’s research generates impact beyond academia and she continues to advise local and national government, public bodies and community organisations on participation and community action. Catherine has held advisory roles for the Department for Communities and Local Government on participatory budgeting, neighbourhood community budgets and neighbourhood working. Catherine was also Independent Advisor to the Office of Civil Society’s evaluation of the Community Organisers and Community First Neighbourhood Match Fund initiatives.
Catherine also initiated and now convenes the Birmingham Citizens Academic Group at the University of Birmingham. Birmingham Citizens - a chapter of Citizens UK – are an alliance of education, community, trade union and faith-based organisations in the city, committed to using community organising to generate collective power for social change. The involvement of the College of Social Sciences with Birmingham Citizens as a Principal Member, allows colleagues to: connect with the city and its different communities, delivering on the civic purpose of the university; generate opportunities for students to engage in local projects, placements, research and political life; and use research on civil society, health and social care, education and enterprise and other subjects to contribute to campaigns for social justice in the city. Catherine was invited to join Birmingham Citizens Leadership group in March 2015 and the Citizens UK National Council in June 2015. Catherine is now also a Trustee of Langworthy Cornerstone Association in Salford.

Catherine initiated and now co-convenes the Win: Win network at the University of Birmingham, providing a space, primarily for academic and academic-related women, to develop reciprocal support and facilitate action on issues of gender, career development and leadership. Since its inception, the network has widened its reach and is now launching an ambitious project, the Win: Win 2018 Manifesto to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act by contributing and calling for change on issues of gender equality in higher education.

Teaching

Catherine teaches on post-graduate modules in Participation and Democracy, Public Management and International Public Management (which is co-convened with the University of Melbourne’s School of Government). She is now developing a module on Participation and Democracy as part of the recently launched distance learning Masters in Public Administration.

Postgraduate supervision

Catherine supervises an annual cohort of post-graduate dissertation students. In addition, Catherine is currently supervising the doctoral work of:

  • Maureen O’Connor (submission expected December 2015): cognitive agency in organisational change
  • Sirinbhattra Sathabhornwong (submission expected September 2018): collaboration in public services

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

Catherine’s research is situated at an inter-disciplinary nexus between political science, public administration, urban studies and community studies, spanning issues of:

  • Governance and public policy
  • Democracy, accountability, representation and participation
  • Decentralisation and localism
  • Community building, participation and mobilisation

Main research interests:

  • Intermediation of relationships between the local state, the market, other social institutions, communities and citizens
  • Situated agency, practice and politics of community work, participation and co-production
  • Policy design
  • Translation between research and policy
  • Research practice for engagement, impact and social change

Current and recent research projects:

From January 2016, Catherine will be involved in a major new research project funded by the ESRC’s Urban Transformations programme. The project recognises cities as sites of crisis and opportunity. Acknowledging that in a context of rapid social change and austerity, the effectiveness of traditional systems of urban governance is in doubt. Jam and Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation aims to create a unique space for social innovation to co-produce, test and learn from new ways of governing cities. ‘Jam’ is about trying to bring together different partners in the city to experiment and innovate to address shared problems. ‘Justice’ is about re-connecting with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from the search for solutions.

Through the development of an Action Research Cooperative (ARC) in Greater Manchester, the project aims to bring together academics, practitioners, citizens and political leaders to exchange knowledge and develop creative responses to emerging urban governance challenges. In addition to a series of ‘learn and do’ activities to generate primary data, the project will also promote live debates, online communities and learning exchange visits within the UK and internationally. This will enable critical reflection on how to organise knowledge better to make positive urban transformations happen that are inclusive and equitable.

January 2016 to January 2019; Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Beth Perry, University of Salford with Liz Richardson, University of Manchester and Alex Whinnom, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation).

  • ‘Who is accountable in localism?’ follow-on (ESRC Impact Accelerator Pilot, February to July 2014; Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Liz Richardson, University of Manchester with Jess Steele, Locality/ Jericho Road, Ben Lee, National Association for Neighbourhood Management)
  • 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, Principal Investigator, Stephen Connelly, University of Sheffield with Dave Vanderhoven, University of Sheffield, Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, Peter Matthews, Herriot Watt University, Robert Rutherfoord/ Tom Tolfree, Department for Communities and Local Government)
  • Making a difference in urban neighbourhoods: a cross-national comparative Q-methodology survey (European Research Initiative, from May 2013; with Stephen Jeffares, University of Birmingham, Merlijn van Hulst/ Laurens de Graaf, Tilburg University, Annika Agger, Roskilde University, Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh)
  • Interrogating Urban Crisis: Governance, Contestation and Critique (Urban Studies, from September 2013; Co-Investigator, Principal Investigator, Jonathan Davies, De Montfort University with Steven Griggs, De Montfort University, Ismael Blanco, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Jill Gross, CUNY and Helen Sullivan, University of Melbourne)
  • 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, Principal Investigator, Helen Graham, University of Leeds)
  • Community Governance in a Context of Decentralisation (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, November 2012 to April 2013; Principal Investigator with Liz Richardson University of Manchester, Matthew Hilton, University of Birmingham)
  • Re-defining Service Delivery (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, November 2012 to April 2013; Principal Investigator with Catherine Needham, Catherine Mangan, James Rees, Matthew Hilton, University of Birmingham)
  • Evaluation of Community Organisers and Community First (Office of Civil Society, Cabinet Office, November 2012 to February 2015; Independent Advisor, with IPSOS MORI and nef consulting)
  • 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, Principal Investigator, Joe Painter, University of Durham with Tony Bovaird, University of Birmingham, Annette Hastings, University of Glasgow, Peter Matthews Herriot Watt University and Katie Schmuecker, IPPR North)
  • Beyond the State? Third Party Government in Comparative Perspective (Economic and Social Research Council; January 2011 to January 2013, Co-Investigator, Principal Investigator Chris Skelcher, University of Birmingham with Jonathan Justice, University of Delaware)
  • Addressing the Challenges of Reduced Public Spending in Local Government (ESRC Knowledge Transfer Partnership, January 2011 to December 2012; Academic Supervisor, Academic Lead, Steven Griggs with the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE)
  • Towards Co-production in Research with Communities (Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities programme, January 2011 to November 2011; Principal Investigator with Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, James Rees, University of Birmingham, Yasminah Beebeejaun, University of Manchester and Jo Richardson, De Montfort University)
  • Illuminating the Evolution of Community Participation (Arts and Humanities Research Council, January 2011 to November 2011; Principal Investigator with Co-Investigators, Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, James Rees, University of Birmingham and Yasminah Beebeejaun, University of Manchester)
  • Pathways to Politics (Equality and Human Rights Commission, September 2009 to June 2010; Principal Investigator with Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, Francesca Gains, University of Manchester, Ryan Combs, University of Manchester and Christina Eason, University of Sheffield)
  • 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 Manager/ Co-ordinator (with Lawrence Pratchett, then De Montfort University, Vivien Lowndes, then De Montfort University, Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton, Graham Smith, University of Southampton)
  • 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 Manager/ Co-ordinator (with Lawrence Pratchett, then De Montfort University, Vivien Lowndes, then De Montfort University, Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton, Graham Smith, University of Southampton)
  • Regenerating Urban Neighbourhoods: a cross-national comparison of city interventions in urban deprived neighbourhoods (convened by Professor Clarence Stone, George Washington University)
  • ‘Who is accountable in localism?’ follow-on (ESRC Impact Accelerator Pilot, February to July 2014; Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Liz Richardson, University of Manchester with Jess Steele, Locality/ Jericho Road, Ben Lee, National Association for Neighbourhood Management)
  • 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, Principal Investigator, Stephen Connelly, University of Sheffield with Dave Vanderhoven, University of Sheffield, Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, Peter Matthews, Herriot Watt University, Robert Rutherfoord/ Tom Tolfree, Department for Communities and Local Government)
  • Making a difference in urban neighbourhoods: a cross-national comparative Q-methodology survey (European Research Initiative, from May 2013; with Stephen Jeffares, University of Birmingham, Merlijn van Hulst/ Laurens de Graaf, Tilburg University, Annika Agger, Roskilde University, Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh)
  • Interrogating Urban Crisis: Governance, Contestation and Critique (Urban Studies, from September 2013; Co-Investigator, Principal Investigator, Jonathan Davies, De Montfort University with Steven Griggs, De Montfort University, Ismael Blanco, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Jill Gross, CUNY and Helen Sullivan, University of Melbourne)
  • 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, Principal Investigator, Helen Graham, University of Leeds)
  • Community Governance in a Context of Decentralisation (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, November 2012 to April 2013; Principal Investigator with Liz Richardson University of Manchester, Matthew Hilton, University of Birmingham)
  • Re-defining Service Delivery (Arts and Humanities Research Council: Connected Communities programme, November 2012 to April 2013; Principal Investigator with Catherine Needham, Catherine Mangan, James Rees, Matthew Hilton, University of Birmingham)
  • Evaluation of Community Organisers and Community First (Office of Civil Society, Cabinet Office, November 2012 to February 2015; Independent Advisor, with IPSOS MORI and nef consulting)
  • 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, Principal Investigator, Joe Painter, University of Durham with Tony Bovaird, University of Birmingham, Annette Hastings, University of Glasgow, Peter Matthews Herriot Watt University and Katie Schmuecker, IPPR North)
  • Beyond the State? Third Party Government in Comparative Perspective (Economic and Social Research Council; January 2011 to January 2013, Co-Investigator, Principal Investigator Chris Skelcher, University of Birmingham with Jonathan Justice, University of Delaware)
  • Addressing the Challenges of Reduced Public Spending in Local Government (ESRC Knowledge Transfer Partnership, January 2011 to December 2012; Academic Supervisor, Academic Lead, Steven Griggs with the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE)
  • Towards Co-production in Research with Communities (Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities programme, January 2011 to November 2011; Principal Investigator with Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, James Rees, University of Birmingham, Yasminah Beebeejaun, University of Manchester and Jo Richardson, De Montfort University)
  • Illuminating the Evolution of Community Participation (Arts and Humanities Research Council, January 2011 to November 2011; Principal Investigator with Co-Investigators, Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, James Rees, University of Birmingham and Yasminah Beebeejaun, University of Manchester)
  • Pathways to Politics (Equality and Human Rights Commission, September 2009 to June 2010; Principal Investigator with Liz Richardson, University of Manchester, Francesca Gains, University of Manchester, Ryan Combs, University of Manchester and Christina Eason, University of Sheffield)
  • 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 Manager/ Co-ordinator (with Lawrence Pratchett, then De Montfort University, Vivien Lowndes, then De Montfort University, Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton, Graham Smith, University of Southampton)
  • 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 Manager/ Co-ordinator (with Lawrence Pratchett, then De Montfort University, Vivien Lowndes, then De Montfort University, Gerry Stoker, University of Southampton, Graham Smith, University of Southampton)
  • Regenerating Urban Neighbourhoods: a cross-national comparison of city interventions in urban deprived neighbourhoods (convened by Professor Clarence Stone, George Washington University)

Publications

Books

Durose, C. and Richardson, L. (forthcoming 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. Google scholar citations: 41

Refereed journal articles

Durose, C, van Hulst, M., Jeffares, S., Escobar, O., de Graaf, L. (forthcoming) ‘Five Ways to Make a Difference: Perceptions of Practitioners Working in Urban Neighborhoods’, Public Administration Review. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 1.546.

Durose, C., Mangan, C., Needham, C. and Rees, J. (forthcoming) ‘Generating “good enough” evidence for co-production, Evidence and Policy. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 1.122

Beebeejaun, Y., Durose, C., Rees, J. and Richardson, L. (published online early view) ‘Public value or public harm? Towards co-production in research with communities’, Environment and Planning C. Early view. DOI: 10.1068/c12116. Google scholar citations: 1. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 1.386.

Durose, C., Justice, J. and Skelcher, C. (2015) ‘Governing at arm's length: eroding or enhancing democracy?’, Policy & Politics. 43(1), 137-153 Google scholar citations: 2. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 1.080.

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. DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bst008. Google scholar citations: 10. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 0.602.

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. DOI:10.1093/pa/gss085. Google scholar citations: 12. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 0.935.

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. DOI: 10.1108/JICA-10-2013-0039. Google scholar citations: 2. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 1.299.

Durose, C. and Rees, J. (2012) ‘The rise and fall of neighbourhood in the New Labour era’, Policy & Politics, 40(1), 39-55. DOI: 10.1332/030557310X550079. Google scholar citations: 12. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 0.910.

Durose, C. (2011) ‘Re-visiting Lipsky: front line work in UK local governance’, Political Studies, 59(4) 978-995. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9248.2011.00886.x. Google scholar citations: 36. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 0.917.

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. DOI:10.1080/03003931003730477. Google scholar citations: 31. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 0.912.

Durose, C. (2009) ‘Front line workers and “local knowledge”: neighbourhood stories in contemporary UK local governance’, Public Administration, 87(1) 35-49. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.01737.x. Google scholar citations: 55. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 1.062.

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. DOI:10.1080/03003930701770405. Google scholar citations: 33. ISI Web of Knowledge 5 year impact factor: 0.912.

Durose, C. (2007) ‘Beyond “street level bureaucrats”? Re-interpreting the role of front line public sector workers’, Critical Policy Analysis, 1(2), 196-213. DOI:10.1080/19460171.2007.9518520. Google scholar citations: 10.

Durose, C. and Rummery, K. (2006) ‘Governance and Collaboration’, Social Policy and Society, 5(2) 1-7. DOI: 10.1017/S147474640500299X. Google scholar citations: 26.

Refereed 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. Google scholar citations: 14.

Selected 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. Google scholar citations: 3

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. Google scholar citations: 17

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. Google scholar citations: 3.

Durose, C. Gains, F., Richardson, L., Combs, R., Broome, K. and Eason, C. (2011) Pathways to Politics. London, Equality and Human Rights Commission. Google scholar citations: 17.

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. Google scholar citations: 45.

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.