Dr Claire Bynner

  • Children's Neighbourhood Network Research Team Leader (School of Education Administration)

telephone: 0141 330 1703
email: Claire.Bynner@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: She/her/hers

University of Glasgow, 3rd Floor, Olympia Building, Bridgeton Cross, Glasgow, G40 2QH

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1447-2642

Biography

My expertise is in neighbourhoods, diversity, local governance and public participation. I have a professional background in urban regeneration and community empowerment. I currently work as a Research Fellow in the College of Social Sciences and I lead the Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland Research Team.  Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) is a collaboration between the University and Glasgow Centre for Population Health. In 2018, CNS received £2M grant funding from the Scottish Government to improve the health and well-being of children and young people in neighbourhoods with high levels of child poverty. 

I have four years of post-doctoral experience as a researcher in the field of public policy.  2014-2018 I worked for What Works Scotland (WWS), a research collaboration funded by the Scottish Government and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). At WWS I was the prinicipal investigator for the project 'What Works in Local Decision-Making' and I led the place-based approaches workstream. My  research has included: community-led action planning to reduce poverty; community profiling; knowledge mobilisation and evidence use; and resettlement of Syrian refugees. These projects have involved case studies, collaborative action research and theory-based evaluation methods.

In 1993 I first studied at the University of Glasgow graduating with a first class honours degree in Human Geography in 1997. I was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Silver Medal for best graduating student. After a professional career, I returned to the University of Glasgow in 2011 and gained an MRes in Public Policy with distinction and part of a 1+3 PhD scholarship with the ESRC. My PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Annette Hastings and Professor Ade Kearns of the Urban Studies Department, examined the emergence of ‘superdiverse’ neighbourhoods in post-industrial cities drawing on the theories of multiculturalism, interculturalism, social contact and trust. The research, funded by the ESRC, comprised an ethnographic case study of a neighbourhood in Glasgow.  The study provides important insights into neighbourhood change and the contexts that increase cooperation and trust between people from diverse backgrounds.

Research interests

Research Interests

The focus of my research is on social and spatial inequality, public participation and local governance. I am interested in  local democracy and the potential for social and digital innovation to tackle issues such as climate change. 

My expertise is in neighbourhoods and how the dynamics of political, demographic, economic and social changes are experienced at a local level. My PhD examined social contact and trust in a super diverse neighbourhood in Glasgow.

I am the team leader for the Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland Research team. Our participatory research in schools explores the well-being of children and young people in high poverty neighbourhoods; agency, power and local collaboration and the impacts of COVID-19. 

In previous roles, I have conducted UK based research on place-based approaches to poverty alleviation; urban regeneration; local systems of governance and policy making; and the role of key policy actors in facilitating public participation in governance

A future research agenda is to examine how young people in Scotland respond to the global challenges of digital and technological transformation; democratic innovation; and climate change.

Research methods – mixed methods, case studies, action research; collaborative and participatory research, theory-based evaluation (realist-informed)

Academic fields – public policy, urban studies, sociology, social and cultural geography

Publications

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2021

Bynner, C. (2021) The third sector as key workers and strategic collaborators. [Website]

Ward, S. , Bynner, C. , Mcbride, M., McLean, J., Drever, A. and Bianchi, V. (2021) Children's Voice: animation of CNS capabilities research model. [Audio]

Bynner, C. , McBride, M. and Weakley, S. (2021) COVID-19 pandemic: the essential role of the voluntary sector in emergency response and resilience planning. Voluntary Sector Review, (doi: 10.1332/204080521X16220328777643) (Early Online Publication)

Ainscow, M. et al. (2021) Finding pathways to educational equity. In: Chapman, C. and Ainscow, M. (eds.) Educational Equity: Pathways to Success. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 171-183. ISBN 9780367652043 (doi: 10.4324/9781003128359-10)

Ward, S. , Bynner, C. and Bianchi, V. (2021) Building a capabilities framework with learners from high poverty neighbourhoods. In: Chapman, C. and Ainscow, M. (eds.) Educational Equity: Pathways to Success. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 134-156. ISBN 9780367652043 (doi: 10.4324/9781003128359-8)

Bynner, C. and Terje, A. (2021) Knowledge mobilisation in public service reform – integrating empirical, technical and practical wisdom. Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 17(1), pp. 75-91. (doi: 10.1332/174426419X15757178659704)

Bynner, C. and Terje, A. (2021) What types of knowledge do policy makers need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? [Website]

2020

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Collaboration. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Family Wellbeing. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Local Service Responses. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) The impact of COVID-19 on families, children and young people in South Lanarkshire. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Ward, S. , McBride, M., Bynner, C. , Weakley, S. and McLean, J. (2020) Developing a capabilities wellbeing framework with children, young people and stakeholders: Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. Project Report. Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Collaboration. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Family Wellbeing in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Local Service Responses. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) The Impact of COVID-19 on Families, Children and Young People in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. and McBride, M. (2020) Children's Neighbourhood Scotland - Early insights into the COVID-19 response: 8 May 2020. Discussion Paper. Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Faulkner, W. and Bynner, C. (2020) How to Design and Plan Public Engagement Processes: A Handbook. Manual. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Glass, J., Bynner, C. and Chapman, C. (2020) Children and young people and rural poverty and social exclusion: A review of evidence. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

McBride, M., Feeney, E., Bynner, C. and McLean, J. (2020) Refugee, asylum seeking and Roma families during the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from frontline workers in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Pirie, C., McLean, J., McBride, M., Bynner, C. and Feeney, E. (2020) Moving from vulnerability to resilience in the COVID-19 recovery phase: A review of resilience-building for children, young people and families. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

2019

Rolfe, S., Bynner, C. and Hastings, A. (2019) Changing places and evolving activism: communities in post industrial Glasgow. In: Kintrea, K. and Madgin, R. (eds.) Transforming Glasgow: Beyond the Post-Industrial City. Policy Press: Bristol, pp. 179-199. ISBN 9781447349778

Ward, S. , Bianchi, V., Bynner, C. , Drever, A., McBride, M. and McLean, J. (2019) Capabilities Research Model. Other. Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. (2019) Intergroup relations in a super-diverse neighbourhood: the dynamics of population composition, context and community. Urban Studies, 56(2), pp. 335-351. (doi: 10.1177/0042098017740287)

2018

Brunner, R., Bennett, H., Bynner, C. and Henderson, J. (2018) Collaborative Action Research and Public Services: Insights into Methods, Findings and Implications for Public Service Reform. Other. What Works Scotland.

Bynner, C. and Terje, A. (2018) Making Data Meaningful - Evidence Use in a Community Planning Partnership in Scotland. Discussion Paper. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Mulvey, G. , Bynner, C. , Murray, N. and Watson, N. (2018) Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in West Dunbartonshire. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. and Christie, L. (2018) What Works in Local Decision-Making: a Review for Perth & Kinross Community Planning Partnership. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Henderson, J. and Bynner, C. (2018) Cultivating ‘sanction and sanctuary’ in Scottish collaborative governance: doing relational work to support communicative spaces. In: Bartels, K. P.R. and Wittmayer, J. M. (eds.) Action Research in Policy Analysis: Critical and Relational Approaches to Sustainability Transistions. Series: Routledge advances in research methods. Routledge. ISBN 9781138553828

2017

Bynner, C. , Greer, S. and McMellon, C. (2017) Insights from ‘Your Community’ - a place-based approach to public service reform. Other. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. , Escobar, O. and Faulkner, W. (2017) Facilitative leadership: involving citizens and communities in local decision-making. [Website]

Bynner, C. (2017) In an era of killer soundbites how can researchers and policy-makers close the gap between complexity and simplicity? [Website]

2016

Bynner, C. (2016) Why place? [Website]

Bynner, C. (2016) Rationales for Place-based Approaches in Scotland. Working Paper. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Brunner, R., Bennett, H., Bynner, C. and Henderson, J. (2016) "Challenge Current Practice and Assumptions! Make waves!!” : What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event 23 & 24 February 2016 Queens Hotel, Perth. Other. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. (2016) The 2016 Alliance Conference and the Politics of Possibility. [Website]

Bynner, C. (2016) What Works Scotland & West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership – Community-Led Action Planning Report. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. and Whyte, B. (2016) What Works in Community Profiling? Initial reflections from the WWS Project in West Dunbartonshire. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. (2016) Towards an intercultural approach to social cohesion. In: Braedel-Kühner, C. and Müller, A. P. (eds.) Re-thinking Diversity: Multiple Approaches in Theory, Media, Communities, and Managerial Practice. Series: Management-Culture-Interpretation. Springer: Wiesbaden, pp. 21-34. ISBN 9783658115029 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-11502-9_2)

2015

Bynner, C. (2015) Scotland Welcomes Refugees - How Do Strangers Become Citizens? [Website]

Bennett, H., Bland, N., Brunner, R., Bynner, C. , Cook, A. and Henderson, J. (2015) Collaborative Action Retreat Report: Summary of Retreat Held in June 2015. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. (2015) What Works Scotland & West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership – Community-Led Action Planning Report. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. (2015) Think YES? How to Deliver Transformational Change in Relationships Between Staff, Managers and Local People. [Website]

Bynner, C. (2015) The Economics of Prevention and Difficult Decisions for Community Planning Partnerships in Scotland. [Website]

Gibb, K. and Bynner, C. (2015) 'Fractals', Community Planning and Placed-based Policy Geography in West Dunbartonshire. [Website]

2012

Bynner, C. (2012) Equity, austerity and access to public services. eSharp, 18, pp. 1-25.

This list was generated on Sat Nov 27 14:05:16 2021 GMT.
Number of items: 46.

Articles

Bynner, C. , McBride, M. and Weakley, S. (2021) COVID-19 pandemic: the essential role of the voluntary sector in emergency response and resilience planning. Voluntary Sector Review, (doi: 10.1332/204080521X16220328777643) (Early Online Publication)

Bynner, C. and Terje, A. (2021) Knowledge mobilisation in public service reform – integrating empirical, technical and practical wisdom. Evidence and Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, 17(1), pp. 75-91. (doi: 10.1332/174426419X15757178659704)

Bynner, C. (2019) Intergroup relations in a super-diverse neighbourhood: the dynamics of population composition, context and community. Urban Studies, 56(2), pp. 335-351. (doi: 10.1177/0042098017740287)

Bynner, C. (2012) Equity, austerity and access to public services. eSharp, 18, pp. 1-25.

Book Sections

Ainscow, M. et al. (2021) Finding pathways to educational equity. In: Chapman, C. and Ainscow, M. (eds.) Educational Equity: Pathways to Success. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 171-183. ISBN 9780367652043 (doi: 10.4324/9781003128359-10)

Ward, S. , Bynner, C. and Bianchi, V. (2021) Building a capabilities framework with learners from high poverty neighbourhoods. In: Chapman, C. and Ainscow, M. (eds.) Educational Equity: Pathways to Success. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY, pp. 134-156. ISBN 9780367652043 (doi: 10.4324/9781003128359-8)

Rolfe, S., Bynner, C. and Hastings, A. (2019) Changing places and evolving activism: communities in post industrial Glasgow. In: Kintrea, K. and Madgin, R. (eds.) Transforming Glasgow: Beyond the Post-Industrial City. Policy Press: Bristol, pp. 179-199. ISBN 9781447349778

Henderson, J. and Bynner, C. (2018) Cultivating ‘sanction and sanctuary’ in Scottish collaborative governance: doing relational work to support communicative spaces. In: Bartels, K. P.R. and Wittmayer, J. M. (eds.) Action Research in Policy Analysis: Critical and Relational Approaches to Sustainability Transistions. Series: Routledge advances in research methods. Routledge. ISBN 9781138553828

Bynner, C. (2016) Towards an intercultural approach to social cohesion. In: Braedel-Kühner, C. and Müller, A. P. (eds.) Re-thinking Diversity: Multiple Approaches in Theory, Media, Communities, and Managerial Practice. Series: Management-Culture-Interpretation. Springer: Wiesbaden, pp. 21-34. ISBN 9783658115029 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-658-11502-9_2)

Research Reports or Papers

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Collaboration. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Family Wellbeing. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 South Lanarkshire Research Briefing: Local Service Responses. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) The impact of COVID-19 on families, children and young people in South Lanarkshire. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Ward, S. , McBride, M., Bynner, C. , Weakley, S. and McLean, J. (2020) Developing a capabilities wellbeing framework with children, young people and stakeholders: Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. Project Report. Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Collaboration. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Family Wellbeing in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) COVID-19 Glasgow Research Briefing: Local Service Responses. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Bynner, C. , McBride, M., Weakley, S. , Ward, S. and McLean, J. (2020) The Impact of COVID-19 on Families, Children and Young People in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. and McBride, M. (2020) Children's Neighbourhood Scotland - Early insights into the COVID-19 response: 8 May 2020. Discussion Paper. Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Faulkner, W. and Bynner, C. (2020) How to Design and Plan Public Engagement Processes: A Handbook. Manual. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Glass, J., Bynner, C. and Chapman, C. (2020) Children and young people and rural poverty and social exclusion: A review of evidence. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

McBride, M., Feeney, E., Bynner, C. and McLean, J. (2020) Refugee, asylum seeking and Roma families during the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from frontline workers in Glasgow. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Pirie, C., McLean, J., McBride, M., Bynner, C. and Feeney, E. (2020) Moving from vulnerability to resilience in the COVID-19 recovery phase: A review of resilience-building for children, young people and families. Documentation. Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Ward, S. , Bianchi, V., Bynner, C. , Drever, A., McBride, M. and McLean, J. (2019) Capabilities Research Model. Other. Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Brunner, R., Bennett, H., Bynner, C. and Henderson, J. (2018) Collaborative Action Research and Public Services: Insights into Methods, Findings and Implications for Public Service Reform. Other. What Works Scotland.

Bynner, C. and Terje, A. (2018) Making Data Meaningful - Evidence Use in a Community Planning Partnership in Scotland. Discussion Paper. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Mulvey, G. , Bynner, C. , Murray, N. and Watson, N. (2018) Resettlement of Syrian Refugees in West Dunbartonshire. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. and Christie, L. (2018) What Works in Local Decision-Making: a Review for Perth & Kinross Community Planning Partnership. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. , Greer, S. and McMellon, C. (2017) Insights from ‘Your Community’ - a place-based approach to public service reform. Other. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. (2016) Rationales for Place-based Approaches in Scotland. Working Paper. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Brunner, R., Bennett, H., Bynner, C. and Henderson, J. (2016) "Challenge Current Practice and Assumptions! Make waves!!” : What Works Scotland Collaborative Learning Event 23 & 24 February 2016 Queens Hotel, Perth. Other. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. (2016) What Works Scotland & West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership – Community-Led Action Planning Report. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. and Whyte, B. (2016) What Works in Community Profiling? Initial reflections from the WWS Project in West Dunbartonshire. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bennett, H., Bland, N., Brunner, R., Bynner, C. , Cook, A. and Henderson, J. (2015) Collaborative Action Retreat Report: Summary of Retreat Held in June 2015. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Bynner, C. (2015) What Works Scotland & West Dunbartonshire Community Planning Partnership – Community-Led Action Planning Report. Project Report. What Works Scotland, Glasgow.

Audio

Ward, S. , Bynner, C. , Mcbride, M., McLean, J., Drever, A. and Bianchi, V. (2021) Children's Voice: animation of CNS capabilities research model. [Audio]

Website

Bynner, C. (2021) The third sector as key workers and strategic collaborators. [Website]

Bynner, C. and Terje, A. (2021) What types of knowledge do policy makers need to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? [Website]

Bynner, C. , Escobar, O. and Faulkner, W. (2017) Facilitative leadership: involving citizens and communities in local decision-making. [Website]

Bynner, C. (2017) In an era of killer soundbites how can researchers and policy-makers close the gap between complexity and simplicity? [Website]

Bynner, C. (2016) Why place? [Website]

Bynner, C. (2016) The 2016 Alliance Conference and the Politics of Possibility. [Website]

Bynner, C. (2015) Scotland Welcomes Refugees - How Do Strangers Become Citizens? [Website]

Bynner, C. (2015) Think YES? How to Deliver Transformational Change in Relationships Between Staff, Managers and Local People. [Website]

Bynner, C. (2015) The Economics of Prevention and Difficult Decisions for Community Planning Partnerships in Scotland. [Website]

Gibb, K. and Bynner, C. (2015) 'Fractals', Community Planning and Placed-based Policy Geography in West Dunbartonshire. [Website]

This list was generated on Sat Nov 27 14:05:16 2021 GMT.

Grants

Children's Neighbourhoods Scotland: PI Professor Christopher Chapman, £2,700,000. Funded Period Feb 2019- Mar 2022, Funder: Scottish Government

What Works Scotland: Funded Value: PI Professor Nicholas Watson,  £3,470,629, Funded Period: Jul 14 - Dec 18, Funder: ESRC 

Independent grants and funding

Embedding Well-being in Northern Ireland Funded Period Nov 20- November 21.  Funders: Carnegie Trust UK; Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. £2,400. Consultancy

Principal Investigator:  What Works in Local Decision-making?  Perth and Kinross Community Planning Partnership. £10,000. Funder: Perth and Kinross Council 

Dialogue and Deliberation Training for Fife Voluntary Action; June 2019; November 2019  £2,400. Consultancy

What Works in Community Profiling? What Works Scotland in collaboration with Glasgow Centre for Population Health and West Dunbartonshire Council. £10,000. Funder: West Dunbartonshire Council 

Travel grants

ERASMUS+ Staff Mobility project to McGill University in Canada to develop an international collaboration on place-based approaches to public service reform (delayed due to Brexit uncertainty and then the COVID-19 pandemic) £1240 awarded, 2019-2021

U21 Early Career Researcher International Workshop on ‘Interculturality and Multiculturalism: the challenges for changing societies’, 4-6 October 2017 in Santiago, Chile, £1500, 2017

 

Supervision

I supervise Craig Orr's thesis:  ‘Collaboration in Practice: Perceptions of Multi-Agency Collaborations’

I would welcome PhD enquiries in the areas of:

  • local governance
  • public participation
  • place-based collaboration
  • policy practitioners
  • facilitation
  • digital and social change

Teaching

Postgraduate

  • Governance and public participation
  • Public participation in practice

Undergraduate

  • Mixed methods research
  • Case study research
  • Collaborative action research