Margaret Arnott

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Margaret Arnott is Professor of Public Policy. Margaret joined UWS as Professor of Public Policy in 2013. Previously she was Professor of Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University. Over the past twenty five years she has also held posts at University of Edinburgh and the University of Birmingham.

Margaret’s research interests and expertise include politics of public policy, constitutional politics, territorial politics and governance. She also has a particular interest in the politics of education policy and has extensively researched education policy making.  Margaret also has extensive research experience of Scottish/UK politics. She has undertaken externally funded research in her areas of research expertise including the ESRC funded project exploring Education and Nationalism under the SNP Devolved Government since 2007. She is an Associate Director of the Centre for Families and Relationships a consortium  of Universities on applied policy focused research on families and relationships. She is also currently a collaborator and participant on international research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council lead by Stein Rokkan Centre University of Bergen on ‘Governance , management and organization of policy programs to improve completion of upper secondary education" Margaret also has extensive experience of research and knowledge transfer for policy makers, practitioners and the wider public.

Current research activities

Margaret's current research activities are in Public Policy and Governance; devolution and constitutional reform; British politics and governance; education policy; Scottish politics; social justice and public policy. She is currently researching with colleagues in UK and European Higher Education Institions the implications of terroriral and constiutional politics on the governance of public policy. Margaret's current research activities also include research and knowledge transfer for policy makers and practictioners.

Desired research direction

Margaret's research will continue to develop her interest in complexity of governing and public policy and also multi level party politics. 

Target collaborative organisations

The policy focus of Margaret's research draws on her interest in working with practitioners, third sector institions and policy actors.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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