Dr Claire Bynner
- Research Associate in Public Service Reform (School of Social and Political Sciences)
Claire Bynner is a Research Associate in Public Service Reform at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Her research combines expertise on neighbourhoods, diversity, governance, and public service reform. Her professional background and expertise is in the field of public participation and urban governance. She is the Principal Investigator for ‘What Works in Local Decision-making?’ a commissioned research project for Perth and Kinross Community Planning Partnership. Within the What Works Scotland research collaboration she is the lead for the WWS Place-based approaches workstream and she serves as an academic expert on national advisory boards. For a recording of Claire giving a presentation on place-based approaches see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-Ka2_cRgFU Claire also leads a range of research projects for What Works Scotland including community-led action planning; community profiling; evidence use; and resettlement of refugees. Some of these projects have involved collaborative action research and theory based evaluation.
In 1993 Claire first studied at Glasgow University graduating with a first class honours degree in Human Geography in 1997. She was awarded the Royal Geographical Society's Silver Medal for best graduating student. After a professional career in local governance and regeneration, she returned to the University of Glasgow. In 2011, she was awarded an MRes in Public Policy with distinction. She then went on to conduct her PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Annette Hastings and Professor Ade Kearns of the Urban Studies Department. Her thesis examined the emergence of ‘superdiverse’ neighbourhoods in post-industrial cities drawing on the theories of multiculturalism and the concepts of intergroup 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.
What Works Scotland
Principal Investigator: Prof Nicholas Watson
Funded Value: £3,470,629
Funded Period: Jul 14 - Dec 18
Claire is a supervisor on the Collaborative Masters Dissertation Programme with Glasgow Community Planning Partnership
- Governance and public participation
- Public participation in practice
- Mixed methods research
- Case study research