Dr Catherine Durose

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

Institute of Local Government Studies

Catherine-Durose

Contact details

University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Catherine is Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer for the School of Government and Society and Senior Lecturer in the Institute of 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

Dr Catherine Durose is Director of Research for the School of Government and Society and a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Local Government Studies in the School of Government and Society. Catherine was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University, Leicester where she also held an RCUK Fellowship. In 2011, Catherine was International Visiting Research Fellow at the Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago and the Institute for Governance and Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Catherine is currently working on two books: the first is a single-authored research monograph drawing on cross-national research to explore the work of community practitioners in managing communities but also the possibilities of mobilising communities for change; the second is an innovative co-authored book, 'Re-thinking Public Policy, Why Co-Production Matters' for Policy Press involving researchers, policy-makers and practitioners who are interested, and actively engaged in bringing citizens into policy analysis. Catherine's recent academic work can be found in Community Development Journal, Public Administration, Political Studies, Policy & Politics, Local Government Studies, Parliamentary Affairs and Environment and Planning C. She has previously co-edited and contributed to a book, ‘Changing Local Government, Changing Citizens’ for Policy Press in 2009. Catherine is also Editor of Local Government Studies and is on the Editorial Board of Policy & Politics.

Catherine has led and been involved in research supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, Arts and Humanities Research Council Connected Communities programme, the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG), the Equality and Human Rights Commission and other public bodies. Catherine has previously been appointed to CLG’s Analytical Advisory Group for the Neighbourhood Community Budget pilot initiative and the Advisory Steering Group for the National Evaluation of Participatory Budgeting. Catherine is also currently acting as Independent Advisor to the Office of Civil Society’s evaluation of the Community Organisers and Community First initiatives.

Catherine is involved in a wide-range of knowledge exchange activities. Catherine has recently shared her research through CLG’s Enquiry Week, the Guardian Local Government Network, Guardian Society, the Municipal Journal and Public Finance. Catherine has blogged for New Start, Democratic Audit, DMU Policy Exchanges, LSE’s British Politics and Policy and Impact of the Social Sciences and INLOGOV.

Teaching

From academic year, 2013/2014, Catherine will be co-convening a post-graduate module, 'Democracy and Participation'.

Postgraduate supervision

Catherine is interested in supervising doctoral researchers working on issues connected to her main research interests, set out below. If you are a prospective doctoral researcher, PhD projects are advertised on www.bham.findaphd.com. Catherine also welcomes proposals from qualified and motivated scholars to undertake PhD or post-doctoral research.

Research

Research interests

Catherine's research is situated in public administration and governance and concentrates on the changing relationships between the local state, communities and citizens. Catherine's research interests span local policy implementation, service delivery and neighbourhood working, practice and local knowledge and participation, co-production and community organising.

Catherine is particularly interested in methodological innovation using interpretive, co-productive and participatory research approaches as a way of challenging traditional research practices and contributing to progressive social change. 

Current and Recent Research Projects

  • 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

  • Refereed articles

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 

Durose, C., Beebeejaun, Y., Rees, J. and Richardson, L. (2013) ‘Public value or public harm? towards co-production in research with communities’ Environment and Planning C, early view. DOI: 10.1068/c12116

Durose, C., Beebeejaun, Y., Rees, J., Richardson, J. and Richardson, L. (2013) ‘Beyond Text: exploring ethos and method in co-producing research with communities’ Community Development Journal  DOI: 10.1093/cdj/bst008 

Durose, C., Richardson, L., Combs, R., Eason, C. and Gains, F. (2013) ‘“Acceptable difference”: diversity, representation and careerism in UK politics’ Parliamentary Affairs  DOI:10.1093/pa/gss085

Durose, C. and Rees, J. (2012) ‘The rise and fall of neighbourhood in the New Labour era’ Policy & Politics 40(1) 39-55 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557310X550079

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

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

Durose, C. (2009) ‘Front line workers and “local knowledge”: neighbourhood stories in contemporary UK local governance’ Public Administration 87(1) 35-49 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9299.2008.01737.x

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

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

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

  • Edited books

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

  • 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

  • Discussion papers

Durose, C., Beebeejaun, Y., Rees, J., Richardson, J. and Richardson, L. (2012) ‘Towards Co-production in Research with Communities’ Swindon, AHRC Connected Communities http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Documents/CC%20scoping%20studies/DuroseTowards.pdf

Durose, C., Beebeejaun, Y., Rees, J. and Richardson, L. (2012) ‘Illuminating the Evolution of Community Participation in Policy’ Swindon, AHRC Connected Communities http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Documents/CC%20scoping%20studies/DuroseIlluminating.pdf

  • Reports

Durose, C. and Richardson, L. (2013) Who is accountable in localism? Birmingham, AHRC Connected Communities/ Department for Communities and Local Government/ University of Birmingham http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/government-society/inlogov/briefing-papers/who-is-accountable-localism.pdf

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 http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/government-society/inlogov/briefing-papers/transforming-local-public-services-co-production.pdf

Durose, C., Griggs, S. and Reynolds, A. (2013) Tackling youth unemployment: local authorities leading the response Manchester, Association for Public Service Excellence

Durose, C., Justice, J. and Skelcher C. (eds. 2013) Beyond the State: Mobilising and Co-Producing with Communities Birmingham, University of Birmingham http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/government-society/inlogov/briefing-papers/beyond-the-state.pdf

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 ISBN: 978-1-907388-13-2

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 http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/case/_new/publications/series.asp?prog=CASE 

Durose, C., Griggs, S. and Reynolds, A. (2011) Proof of Delivery? A review of the role of co-operatives and mutuals in local public service provision Manchester, Association for Public Service Excellence http://www.apse.org.uk/research.html 

Durose, C. Gains, F., Richardson, L., Combs, R., Broome, K. and Eason, C. (2011) Pathways to Politics (with Karl Broome, Ryan Combs, Christina Eason, Francesca Gains, Liz Richardson) London, Equality and Human Rights Commission http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/publications/our-research/research-reports/research-reports-61/

Durose, C., Richardson, L. and S. Greasley (2010) ‘Meeting the governance challenge’ Public Sector Executive Jan/Feb

Durose, C., Leach, S. and Roberts, M. (2009) An evaluation of neighbourhood working in Derby Derby. Derby Community Safety Partnership

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 http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/localecisionreview

Durose, C., Lowndes, V., Pratchett, L., Smith, G., Stoker, G. and Wales, C. (2009) (2009) Empowering communities to influence local decision-making: evidence based lessons for policy makers and practitioners London, Department for Communities and Local Government http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/localgovernment/localdecisionlessons

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.

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