Dr Claire Bynner
- Children's Neighbourhood Network Research Team Leader (Public Policy)
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.
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 lead the Research and Evaluation Team.
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 place-based research projects 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.
My research combines expertise on neighbourhoods, diversity, governance, and public service reform.
What Works Scotland Principal Investigator:
Prof Nicholas Watson
Funded Value: £3,470,629
Funded Period: Jul 14 - Dec 18
I am a supervisor on the Collaborative Masters Dissertation Programme with Glasgow Community Planning Partnership.
I would welcome PhD enquiries in the areas of:
- Governance and public participation
- Public participation in practice
- Mixed methods research
- Case study research