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Professor of Public Policy, University of the West of Scotland

I am a Professor of Public Policy at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS).

I have a PhD in Politics (University of Strathclyde), MSc Public Policy (University of Strathclyde) and a first class BA (Hons) in Public Management (Glasgow Caledonian University). I joined UWS in September 2013 having previously worked as a Policy and Evaluation Adviser for NHS Health Scotland. Major aspects of my research include public health, governance reform, and crisis management.

I undertake collaborative research and consultancy work with a range of public bodies including NHS Education of Scotland, Public Health Scotland, Education Scotland, and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. I work at the research-policy interface and engage with policy-makers on a regular basis.

My health research includes examining the policy implications of the Covid-19 pandemic and what lessons can be learned from the pandemic in order to plan for new threats, such as antimicrobial resistance. I am part of a international NERC-funded study with colleagues at UWS and IIT Bombay to examine the prevalence and regulatory implications of antimicrobials within waste water surrounding pharmaceutical sites.

In terms of governance reform, I research institutional changes and the ways in which the public sector is managed. Most recently, I have been working with colleagues at the University of Dundee to investigate the leadership of co-production within health and social care in Scotland. My interests in governance reform issues has taken me into the public value space and this has resulted in the publication of my most recent book is 'Public Value Management, Reform and Governance in Britain' (2021, Palgrave), which I published with Dr Arno van der Zwet.

I am the Editor of the 'Contemporary Social Science' journal (the flagship journal of the Academy of Social Sciences, published by Taylor and Francis) and Chief Editorial Adviser for Routledge Open Research.

Some of my recent publications (since 2020) include:

Connolly, J; Munro, A., Mulherin, T., MacGillivray, S., Tomas, M., Gray, N,. Anderson, J. (2022, forthcoming), The Leadership of Co-Production in Health and Social Care Integration in Scotland: A Qualitative Study, Journal of Social Policy.

Cameron, A, Esiovwa, R., Connolly, A., Hursthouse, A, Henriquez, F. (2022, forthcoming) Antimicrobial resistance as a global health threat: The need to learn lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Policy.

Connolly, J. and van der Zwet, A (eds) (2021) Public Value Management, Governance and Reform in Britain (as part of the International Series on Public Policy (series editors: Guy Peters and Philippe Zittoun), Palgrave Macmillan.

Connolly, J. (2015) The Politics and Crisis Management of Animal Health Security, Routledge publishers.

Connolly, J and Moseley, A. (2021, forthcoming), ‘Inquiry-Based Learning and the Crisis Competences for Addressing the Climate Emergency’ in Dunning, P et al (eds), International Handbook on Teaching Public Administration, Edward Elgar.

Van Der Zwet, A; Connolly, J; Huggins, C; McAngus, C. (2021, forthcoming), ‘Brexit and the Common Fisheries Policy: opportunities for multi-level differentiated (dis)integration?’, in Leruth, B; Ganzle, S., Trondal, J. (eds). Routledge Handbook of Differentiation in the European Union, Routledge.

Connolly, J. and Pyper, R. (2020), ‘The Leadership and Management of Public Services Reform in Scotland, in Keating, M. (ed). The Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics, Oxford University Press.

Connolly, J. and Elliot, D. (2020), ‘British Crisis Management in a European and Regional Context’, in Stern, E. Oxford Encyclopaedia of Crisis Analysis, Oxford University Press

Connolly, J. and Pyper, R. (2020), ‘Public Servants and Corporate Governance Failures: Developing for the Future by Learning from the Past’ in Dickinson, H and Sullivan, H (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, Palgrave Macmillan.

Connolly, J. Flinders, M. and Judge, D, Tudor, P., Torrance, M (2021), ‘Reviewing the Review: A Three-Dimensional Approach to Analysing the 2017-2020 Review of the House of Lords Investigative and Scrutiny Committees, The Journal of Legislative Studies.

Kayotis, G, Connolly, J. Collignon, S. et al (2021), ‘What Drives Support for Social Distancing? Pandemic Politics, Securitisation and Crisis Management in Britain’, European Political Science Review. 1-21

Connolly, J., Munro, A., McGillivray, D., Anderson, J., Gray, N., & Tomas, M. (2020). How co-production and co-creation is understood, implemented and sustained as part of improvement programme delivery within the health and social care context in Scotland. Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC).

Connolly, J. (2020). Global Crisis Leadership for Disease‐Induced Threats: One Health and Urbanisation. Global Policy, 11(3), 283-292.

Connolly, J., Barnes, J., Guerra, J., & Pyper, R. (2020). The facilitators of interagency working in the context of European public service reform. Contemporary Social Science, 15(5), 533-547.

Connolly, J. and Pyper, R. (2020), ‘Developing Capacity within the British Civil Service: The Case of the Stabilisation Unit’, Public Money and Management

Connolly, J., Reid, G., Knoll, M., Halliday, W., & Windsor, S. (2020). The sustainability of knowledge brokerage of the mental health improvement outcomes framework in Scotland: a follow-up analysis. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice 16(1):177-195.

Moseley, A., & Connolly, J. (2020). The use of inquiry-based learning in public administration education: Challenges and opportunities in the context of internationalization. Teaching Public Administration, 0144739420935971.


  • 2013–present
    Professor of Public Policy, University of the West of Scotland