- Professor of Public Policy and Governance (Management)
607c Level 6
Gilbert Scott Building
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Iain Docherty BSc PhD CMILT is Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Head of Management at the University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School. Iain’s research and teaching addresses the interconnecting issues of public administration, institutional change and city and regional competitiveness, with particular emphasis on the structures and processes of local and regional governance, policies for delivering improved economic performance and environmental sustainability, and the development and implementation of strategic planning and transport policies. His total research and consultancy awards in the last six years exceed £2 million, and he is currently Co-Director of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre and Co-Investigator on two major Research Council projects on sustainable transport and low carbon transitions. Iain has worked with and advised a range of private sector, governmental and other organisations including governments and public agencies in the UK, US, Australia, Canada and Sweden, and the OECD. He served as Non-Executive director of Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland, from 2006 – 2010. Iain was appointed as one of the inaugural members of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland in 2011, and to the Expert Panel advising the North East Independent Economic Review in 2012.
A poster regarding research projects undertaken by Professor Iain Docherty can be found at the following link: Understanding Public Policy and Governance
Shaw, J., MacKinnon, D., and Docherty, I.
Divergence or convergence? Devolution and transport policy in the United Kingdom.
Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 27
Docherty, I., and Mackie, P.
Planning for transport in the wake of Stern and Eddington.
Regional Studies, 44
Docherty, I., and Shaw, J.
The transformation of transport policy in Great Britain? 'New Realism' and New Labour's decade of displacement activity.
Environment and Planning A, 43
Marsden, G., and Docherty, I.
Insights on disruptions as opportunities for transport policy change.
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 51
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PhD supervision areas
Professor Iain Docherty is interested in supervising PhD researchers in most aspects of public management and administration. In particular he is interested in the impact of governance and management structures on public policy outcomes, and the efficacy of multi-organisational working.
Iain is also continuing his longstanding work on the development of the transport sector and its links to government policy, and welcomes applications for doctoral research in any related area. He is especially interested in proposals for work relating to the impact of climate change and carbon reduction imperatives on changing policies and management practices.
Current PhD students
Co-supervisor: Dr Deirdre Shaw
Co-supervisor: Professor Robert McMaster
Co-supervisor: Professor Robert Paton
Co-supervisor: Dr Moira Fischbacher-Smith
Governmental and institutional change, regional competitiveness, the organisation of the transport industry
Iain is a member of the ESRC/Department for Transport/Scottish Government UK Transport Research Centre, working with colleagues at Edinburgh Napier, Leeds and Sheffield Universities on transport governance. Other current research includes work on various aspects of the transport industry and strategic planning for the Scottish and UK Governments, Infrastructure Canada, the Eastern Sweden Development Agency and the private sector.
Recent public policy involvement
Non-Executive Director of Transport Scotland since 2006; other work for the Scottish Government, UK Government Cabinet Office, Commission for Integrated Transport, the Passenger Transport Executive Group and various local and regional authorities.