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Dr Emma Clarence

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Professional biography

Emma Clarence started as a lecturer in politics/staff tutor in 2021, after spending many years as an Associate Lecturer at The Open University, teaching a range of interdisciplinary and social science modules.

Outside of academia, Emma has worked in the area of policy making and consultancy, at  local, regional, national and international levels. The focus of her work has been on local development and supporting the growth of inclusive economies.

Emma holds degrees in politics and history, law, literature and economics from universities in Australia, Italy and the UK.

Emma is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt Responsible Leader.

Research interests

Emma has long standing academic research interests in women and politics, and public policy, as well as non-academic interests in local development.

Publications and reports include:

with Edward Wastnidge, 'International Divisions: Territory and Economics', D818, The OU, 2023.

with Edward Wasnidge, 'Conceptualising International Division', D818, The OU, 2023.

with Teresa Ashe, 'Engaging with global challenges', in D113 Global challenges: social science in action 2, edited by Kathryn Medien, Andy O’Cain and Michael Pryke, The OU, 2023.

‘European Citizenship’, DD316 Modern Political Ideas, Milton Keynes: The OU, 2019.

'The Russian Revolution: The role of ideas', DD316 Modern Political Ideas, Milton Keynes: The OU, 2019.

At Metro Dynamics contributed to:

  • Great Britain’s Western Powerhouse, London: Metro Dynamics, 2016.
  • AdiEU: The Impact of Brexit on UK Cities, London: Metro Dynamics, 2016.
  • No-one left behind: in pursuit of growth for the benefit of everyone: Report of the Barking and Dagenham Independent Growth Commission, London, 2016.

with Madeleine Gabriel, People Helping People: the future of public services, London: Nesta, 2014.

with Kathleen Stokes et al., Making Sense of the UK Collaborative Economy, London: Nesta, 2014.

‘Social infrastructure and social services’, in Centre for Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (ed.) Regional Transformation in the Balkan Countries, Pecs: Hungarian Academy of Science, 2011.

with Elisa Campestrin, ‘Employment and Labour Markets’, in Centre for Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (ed.) Regional Transformation in the Balkan Countries, Pecs: Hungarian Academy of Science, 2011.

with Antonella Noya and Gary Craig (eds.) Community Capacity Building: Creating a Better Future Together, Paris: OECD, 2009.

with Antonella Noya (eds.) The Social Economy: Building Inclusion Economies, Paris: OECD, 2007.

with William A. Maloney and Grant Jordan, ‘Activating Participation: Generating Support for Campaign Groups,’ in S. Roßteutscher (ed.) Rescuing Democracy: The Lure of the Associative Elixir, London: Routledge, 2005, pp. 133-150.

‘Gender’ in D. McIver (ed.) Contemporary Political Issues, Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004, pp. 131-144.

‘Social Policy: Women and Asylum in the United Kingdom’, in J. Freedman (ed.) Gender and Insecurity: Migrant Women in Europe, London: Ashgate Publishing, 2003, pp.19-33.

‘Railways: A Policy Derailed’, Parliamentary Affairs: A Journal of Comparative Politics, Vol. 56. No. 3, 2003, pp. 456-470.

‘One Nation’ and ‘Pauline Hanson’ entries in E.E. Cashmore (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Race and Ethnic Relations, London: Routledge, 2003.

with Grant Jordan, ‘Government, Civil Service and Public Policies,’ in R. Axtmann (ed.) Understanding Democratic Politics: Concepts, Institutions and Movements, London: Sage, 2003, pp. 114-123.

Guest editor of Public Policy and Administration special issue on Evidence Based Policy, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2002.

‘Technocracy Reinvented: the new evidence based policy movement’, Public Policy and Administration, Vol. 17, No. 3, 2002, pp. 1-11.

‘Ministerial Responsibility and the Scottish Qualifications Agency’, Public Administration, Vol. 80, No. 4, 2002, pp. 791-803.

with Christopher Painter, ‘UK Local Action Zones and Changing Urban Governance’, Urban Studies, Vol. 38, No. 8, 2001, pp. 1215-1232.

with Christopher Painter, ‘New Labour and Intergovernmental Management: Flexible Networks or Performance Control?’, Public Management: an international journal of theory and politics, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2000, pp. 477-498.

‘Citizenship and Identity: the case of Australia’, in S. Roseneil and J. Seymour (eds.), Practising Identities: Power and Resistance, London: Macmillan, 1999.

with Christopher Painter, ‘Area based partnerships: UK Action Zones and collaborative purpose’, in S. Shruijer (ed.) Multi-organizational partnerships and co-operative strategy, Amsterdam: Dutch University Press, 1999, pp. 123-128

with Christopher Painter, ‘Public Services Under New Labour: Collaborative Discourses and Local Networking’, Public Policy and Administration, Vol. 13, No. 3, 1998, pp. 8-22.

Teaching interests

Emma has taught and contributed to a range of Open University modules including the current modules DD102, DD103, DD211 and DD316, D113 and D818.

From August 2022 Emma will be module co-chair of DD211.

As a member of the module team for the Module DD316 Emma contributed to the Blocks on citizenship and revolution, co-authoring module material and developing associated audio and video material.

For the postgraduate module D818, Emma contributed to the opening weeks of Block One on economic inequality and for D113co-authored module material introducing the academic disciplines of economics, politics, philosophy and international relations.