The MPA team
The MPA is led by the Department of Politics with expertise from the University of Exeter Business School and input from leading figures from the public and private sectors.
Department of Politics
The University of Exeter has one of the best all round Politics departments in the UK. We excel in research and teaching across all the main areas of political science including public policy analysis, comparative politics, public opinion and electoral behaviour, international relations, political theory, and the politics of European integration. We were ranked 6th in the UK for our world-leading research in the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008). Our research active staff, including the University’s Vice-Chancellor Steve Smith, contribute to several research centres including the Centre for European Governance, Centre for Elections, Media and Parties, and the Centre for Rural Policy Research. Our work is published in international journals and by presses around the world.
Dr Greasley has conducted research on various aspects of local government for public sector funders and the ESRC. His current research interests relate to the outsourcing of government services, the management of arm’s length bodies and aspects of urban governance.
Professor Massey has written widely on government and civil service modernisation, public sector management and EU reform. Elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of his contribution to social sciences in the UK and overseas, he has acted as a consultant for several international organisations and spoken at the United Nations. He has a long standing interest in energy policy, professionalism, ethics and accountability.
With research interests in public policy, administration and regulation, Dr Dunlop has been funded by the British Academy for research into the relationship between scientific knowledge and political decision making in relation to bovine TB. Previously she has led research for the Scottish Consumer Council into the development of risk governance, worked on evidence-based policy making in the Scottish Executive and led a high profile project on the regulation of teachers’ wellbeing services.
Professor Doern has been a consultant to many government departments and agencies in Canada and internationally with agencies such as the OECD. Director of the Carleton Research Unit on Innovation, Science and Environment, he is the author of numerous books on comparative and Canadian public policy and key areas of global governance such as intellectual property, trade, competition policy and environment.
Professor James regularly works with public sector organisations in the UK and elsewhere, and has acted as a consultant to bodies including the World Bank, OECD, UK Treasury, UK National Audit Office and UK Audit Commission. His research interests include public sector organisation and reform, public service provision, executive politics and regulation of the public sector. Recent projects involve exploring the relationship between performance, public expectations and satisfaction
Professor Radaelli holds the Anniversary Chair in Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in Public Policy. As the Director of the Centre for European Governance, he has contributed innovative theories to the fields of Europeanisation, policy transfer, the role of knowledge in the policy process, and the use of economics in government. His ground-breaking research is funded by organisations including the European Research Council.
Professor Michael Winter OBE,
Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research
Professor Winter has held a number of senior appointments in a wide variety of organisations influencing rural policy and affairs. He chairs the Science Advisory Board for North Wyke Research, a BBSRC research institute; is a Commissioner for the Commission for Rural Communities and a member of DEFRA’s Panel of Agricultural and Environmental Economists. He has written many books on rural policy and sustainable agriculture.