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Vice Principal (Education) and Dean of Doctoral School, Royal Holloway

Previously Dean of History and Social Sciences, Rosemary Deem joined Royal Holloway in 2009 from the University of Bristol. She is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, has been an RAE sub-panellist (1996, 2001, 2008), twice chaired the British Sociological Association and was Vice-Chair of the Society for Research into Higher Education (2007-2009). She is currently an elected member of the UK Council for Graduate Education and an Editorial Board member of The Sociological Review, Studies in Higher Education, Equal Opportunities International, Higher Education and Higher Education Quarterly.

My main research interests focus on policy, leadership, governance and management of higher education; the consequences of university league tables; doctoral students; the changing purposes and roles of universities; public service organizations, leadership and change agency and equality in educational settings. This work draws on organisational theory, policy analysis, feminist research, new managerialist theory and comparative social science.

I have recently completed an ESRC funded project ‘Developing Organization Leaders as Change Agents in the Public Services’ (ESRC Ref No R000231136) with colleagues at Cardiff Business School (Mike Wallace, Mike Reed and Jon Morris).

We are currently writing a book on this project for Oxford University Press.

My latest research is examining how austerity measures by western governments in response to the 2008 financial crisis in banking are affecting the values and organisational shape of public services.

I am a member of several learned societies (British Sociological Association, British Educational Research Association, European Group of Organisational Studies, Society for Research into Higher Education) and several research networks including the World Wide University ‘Ideas and Universities’ network

The Consortium of Higher Education Researchers and Network 22, Higher Education Research of the European Educational Research Association

I have been a member of 3 UK Research Assessment Exercise Sub-Panels on Education (1996, 2001, 2008). I am an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (since 2007) and am also an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education (since 2009). I am on the Editorial Board of Higher Education Quarterly, Higher Education, the Sociological Review (joint editor 2001-2005), Equal Opportunities International and Studies in Higher Education.


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    Vice Principal (Education) and Dean of Doctoral School, Royal Holloway