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Dr Lorraine Johnston (PhD, CMI; SFHEA; FHEA) is Associate Professor of International Public Leadership & Policy in the department of LHRM. Previously awarded a highly competitive ESRC scholarship she holds a Ph.D. in urban regeneration, local government, and politics from Newcastle University, Global Urban Research Unit. At Newcastle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Lorraine set up and voluntarily leads the Public Policy & Public Management (3PM) Research Interest Group in 2012 to support an Internal & External Speaker Series of leading researchers. More recent roles include Faculty Strategic Coordinator representing Faculty Research Interest Groups (RIGs) on the Departmental Research and Knowledge Exchange Group (DRaKE).

As a lead member of the Research England Research Team (with Prof Shutt and Prof Liddle and Ph.D. researchers, Sarah Davie and Nathan Pellow) she is currently researching a comparative study of Newcastle, London, and Amsterdam. The comparative study takes an evidenced-based approach to university city-wide economic development. To support this project, Lorraine recently secured a book contract on Place and City Leadership with Emerald Publishers. Her most recent research includes two co-authored monographs:

(2020) Public Enterprise and Local Place: New Perspectives on Theory and Practice with Taylor and Francis.

(2020) Leading Local Government: A Place for Elected Mayors? with Emerald Publishing. 

Lorraine is a key member of the Future Leaders, Regional Studies; Regional Science Initiative. More recently, supported by the Public Administration Committee Learned Society (with colleagues at Birmingham, Staffordshire, and Edgehill universities) to lead on a Diversity & Inclusion Panel looking specifically at issues of inclusion, identity, and equality in a context of public administration.


Faculty Administration roles include:

Faculty Strategic Coordinator - Faculty Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

* Programme Leader - MSc Strategic Leadership Degree Apprenticeship; 

* Programme Leader - MSc Strategic Leadership for Public Services Degree Apprenticeship;

* Module Tutor MSc Public Leadership, Degree Apprenticeship. 


Interested external RIG speakers; and potential Ph.D. research students can get in touch by email:



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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD

30 Jun 200731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2007


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