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governance, public administration, health security, crisis management, multi-level governance, evaluation, public sector reform, policy analysis

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20072021

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Area of academic expertise - outline

As Professor of Public Policy I undertake research in the areas of public sector reform, policy analysis, multi-level governance, crisis management and health security governance. I joined UWS in September 2013 having previously worked as a Policy and Evaluation Adviser for NHS Health Scotland.  My PhD research concerned the politics of animal health security governance and I currently undertake research into the policy relationships between public health and animal heallth security governance.  My consultancy activities tend to be grouped around evaluation design and capacity building in the public sector. My other major research area relates to public sector reform and multi-level governance. I have recently undertaken consultancy projects with Education Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and NHS Health Scotland that all relate to service redesign, planning and evaluation. I'm currently writing a book for Palgrave Macmillan with Dr Arno van der Zwet (also based at UWS) entitled Public Value Management, Reform and Governance in Britain. I'm also a co-investigator on a prestigious ESRC research project that concerns the impact of Brext on UK fisheries policy. In addition, I'm working with Dr Andrew Judge (University of Glasgow) on a Carnegie-funded project that examines the impact of Brexit on UK security governance for health and energy policy. I'm also writing a number of articles and book chapters  - examples include the The Handbook of Scottish Politics (Oxford University Press) and writing for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics.

 

I am an Associate Editor of the 'Contemporary Social Science' journal (the flagship journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, published by Taylor and Francis) and co-convenor of the Publuic Policy and Administration specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association. In 2018 I also served as interim Assistant Dean for Research & Enterprise in the School of Media, Culture and Society at UWS.

Current research activities

My current research activities include:

* The impact of Brexit on UK Fisheries Policy (ESRC-funded project with colleagues at the University of Aberdeen)

* The impact of Brexit on UK crisis management processes and practices (Carnegie Scotland project)

* Public sector reform in Britain (I am co-editing a book with Dr Arno van der Zwet for Palgrave Macmillan on 'Public Value Management, Governance and Reform in Britain' (due for publication in 2019).

* The perspectives of service managers/planners regarding how co-creation is understood, implemented and sustained as part of improvement programme delivery within the health and social care context in Scotland.

* The impact of outcome frameworks in Scotland in terms of sustaining change (in collaboration with NHS Health Scotland).

* The role of public administration education as a mechanism for civil society development.

* Examining 'One Health' as a model of health security governance and the role of global institutions in taking this forward.

Desired research direction

To work further on health security governance in the context of globalisation and modern crisis management.

To continue to understand the ways to evaluate the impact of public sector reform in light of the 'outcomes era'.

To work with international partners on research focused on how public administration education can aid civil society and administrative reform.

Target collaborative companies

My key interests are to continue to work with public and third sector bodies (please see above)

Target collaborative organisations

Overview

Scottish Government

NHS Boards

Local authorities

Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Evaluation design, 'train the trainer' expertise in programme planning and evaluation, public policy analysis, research management, and facilitation.

External positions

Co-Editor in Chief 'Contemporary Social Science' academic journal, Academy of Social Sciences

1 Nov 2017 → …

Co-Convenor of the Public Policy and Administration specialist group, UK Political Studies Association

Keywords

  • JA Political science (General)
  • Public policy
  • Evaluation
  • Crisis management
  • Health security governance
  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • Organisational change
  • Public sector reform
  • JN101 Great Britain
  • UK government and politics
  • Civil service
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • Social and health inequalities
  • Public health

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Research Output

A return to the Common Fisheries Policy?

Connolly, J. & Van Der Zwet, A., 17 Mar 2020, An Independent Scotland in the EU: Issues for Accession. Hughes, K. (ed.). Edinburgh: Scottish Centre on European Relations, p. 37-39 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
  • British crisis management in a European and regional context

    Connolly, J. & Elliott, D., 30 Sep 2020, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Crisis Analysis. Stern, E. (ed.). Oxford University Press, (Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Chapter 1: Introduction

    Connolly, J. & Van Der Zwet, A., 17 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) Public Value Management, Governance and Reform in Britain. Connolly, J. & van der Zwet, A. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Developing capacity within the British civil service: the case of the stabilisation unit

    Connolly, J. & Pyper, R., 28 Apr 2020, In : Public Money & Management. 40, 8, p. 597-606 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

  • Sir Walter Bagehot Prize: UK Political Studies Association

    Connolly, John (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    European Commission

    John Connolly (Invited speaker)

    31 Jan 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Academy of Social Sciences (External organisation)

    John Connolly (Chair)

    2017

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum

    Chik Collins (Organiser), Hartwig Pautz (Organiser), Ewan Gibbs (Organiser), Michael Pugh (Organiser), Francis Stuart (Chair), John Foster (Invited speaker), Ann Henderson (Invited speaker), Patricia Findlay (Invited speaker), Bryan Simpson (Invited speaker), John Connolly (Participant) & Claire Harkins (Participant)

    22 Mar 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Westminster Policy Forum on Brexit and UK Fisheries Policy

    John Connolly (Invited speaker)

    20 Jun 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Press / Media

    Struck by the story of ex-miner, John

    John Connolly

    4/04/16

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

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