Chair in Public Policy

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 – School of Government – 38090  (2100018B)











Position Details

School of Government

College of Social Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Competitive salary for an outstanding candidate

Professorial Grade

Full Time


Closing date: 17th January 2022

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The School of Government is seeking to appoint a Chair in Public Policy to lead teaching, research, engagement and impact in the field of Public Policy across the School and the University.

Public Policy is a key research and teaching priority for the School, which has a strong core of Public Policy researchers in the Institute for Local Government Studies and clusters of researchers in both the Department of Political Science and International Studies and the International Development Department, whose research has explicit public policy connections. A core tasks for the new Chair will be to draw together these various groups of Public Policy researchers to build a UK and internationally leading Public Policy cluster at the University that is known for internationally leading research and educating the next generation of public policy researchers and practitioners.

Public Policy is a particularly important area for the University, as it directly speaks to the University’s agenda as a civic university, adds to its strength in impact and external engagement and provides an important link to other key priority areas, such as Health and Data Science.

Role summary

The School of Government is seeking to appoint a Chair in Public Policy to provide strategic leadership in Public Policy research, teaching, engagement and impact in the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) and the School of Government. The Chair in Public Policy will contribute to the existing cluster in public policy and management in INLOGOV and also serve an important role in linking public policy research across the three constituent departments in the School of Government. The postholder will also be expected to work across the University and take a leading role in forging interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching, research and engagement in the area of Public Policy.

The Chair will nominally be based in INLOGOV. We welcome applications from a broad range of disciplines, including Public Management, Political Science, International Relations, Development and other cognate disciplines, as long as there is a clear emphasis, in teaching and research, on Public Policy. The post holder will be expected to have an outstanding international reputation, based on an extensive track record of innovative research and influence on their discipline.

Role description

Main Duties

  • Develop, plan and lead research activities and programmes of outstanding quality and international repute in public policy, which support the School and department’s research strategy.
  • Develop and lead collaborative working arrangements with academics in cognate areas in the School and wider University to deliver outstanding research and teaching.
  • Lead major funding bids which develop and sustain support for public policy research and advance the reputation of the School and the University.
  • Publish high-quality internationally recognised outputs.
  • Develop sustained and strong relationships with relevant external organisations.
  • Participate actively in the development of the School’s research agenda, identifying and building collaborations inside and outside the University.
  • Champion and provide academic leadership in public policy, internally and externally.
  • Seek opportunities to promote the University and raise its profile externally.
  • Develop an atmosphere and culture among staff where research/teaching innovation can flourish, actively promoting and supporting staff in applying for research grants, writing and presenting papers and in the continuous search for excellence.
  • Research/teach as appropriate and ensure/promote the positive interrelationship between research and teaching.
  • Actively seek and promote interdisciplinary research/partnerships within the School, across the University or with external bodies.
  • As appropriate participate in and act as a role model for teaching, course development, supervision and coaching.

Person Specification


  • Evidence of an outstanding and sustained international research and/or education profile, evidenced by a substantial record of international quality outputs and achievements
  • Proven ability to plan and lead the delivery of research and/or teaching programmes.
  • Evidence of successful and sustained collaborations with other teams/institutions and significant and sustained success in obtaining external grants.
  • Track record in interdisciplinary working in research and/or teaching and bringing multi-disciplinary teams together.
  • A track record of attracting and successfully supervising high quality postgraduate research students
  • Evidence, over a significant period, of delivering excellence in the design and delivery of teaching, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Evidence of activities which advance the student learning experience (for example in enhancing the curriculum, learning activities/teaching materials, assessment, evaluating the impact on the student learning experience) or which enhance the teaching and learning performance of colleagues.
  • Track record in translating research into impact on other scholars and on the wider community through publication, consultancy and advisory work.
  • Track record of engaging with policy, public service leaders and practice
  • A PhD in a relevant discipline


The School of Government

The School of Government represents one of the UK’s largest concentrations of academics, researchers and students focused on government and governance from the local to the global.  Our work spans from the study of local government in the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015; to work with international organisations including the EU, NATO, OSCE and numerous aid agencies in the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) and the International Development Department (IDD).  The School is home to a number of research-focused units, including the Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security (ICCS) and the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC).

Each department delivers a distinctive range of academic programmes.  POLSIS is home to a significant portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes offered on campus; IDD has an established reputation in specialist Masters courses, many also offered through distance learning, and has recently launched two new undergraduate programmes; and INLOGOV has developed a range of blended learning programmes and an ambitious degree apprenticeship initiative.  Our MPA programmes span IDD and INLOGOV and recruit high quality students worldwide.

Research across the School reflects this diversity and breadth with significant grant income having been obtained from research councils, charities, EU funders, and UK and overseas government agencies.  Recently funded projects include European populism (ESRC), attitudes toward aid (the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), democracy promotion (in partnership with the Westminster Foundation and supported by FCDO) and the political implications of infrastructural investments (Carnegie Corporation).   Thematic research priorities include security and conflict studies, where we have particular strengths around the UK-US relationship, the European neighbourhood and former Soviet space, the Middle East and North Africa and China, Japan and the Asia-Pacific; and governance and democracy, where we work both on global governance and on comparative national, regional and local politics and administration.

The School has strong support, with specialist staff dedicated to student welfare and educational enhancement.   The College’s wider professional services team provides specialist support in developing research grant applications, impact activities, widening participation and equality, diversity and inclusion.  We were recently awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award in recognition of our efforts to address gender inequalities, and provide leadership for College and university initiatives around decolonising the curriculum, addressing ethnic attainment gaps and LGBTQ+ rights.

Based on recent growth in staff and student numbers, the School is well-placed to confront the many political challenges of the next decade, and we are particularly keen to broaden our expertise in accountability, representation and legitimacy.  These themes have been elevated by the Covid-19 pandemic as governments across the world face multiple challenges of socio-economic repair, political stabilisation and international collaboration.

The School of Government is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and is particularly seeking applications from underrepresented groups. Applications will be assessed against the stated criteria and on merit.

Informal Enquiries – Professor René Lindstädt, Head of the School of Government, email

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.




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Job Posting

 25.11.2021, 1:03:37 PM

Grade (for job description) Professor Unclassified (Spot)

Advert Close Date

 17.01.2022, 11:59:00 PM

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