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Public administration; public leadership; organisational change in public sector; local government

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Research interests

My research interests are primarily in public administration and public leadership. Much of my research is located within the context of the Scottish Approach to Public Services. My interests within this are based on ideas of adaptive leadership in a government setting, the challenges faced in promoting greater community empowerment, how to demonstrate leadership in boundary-spanning integrated teams and the Scottish Approach to Public Services as an example of the Strategic State.

My research has been published in a wide range of academic journals including Public Money and Management, Teaching Public Administration and International Journal of Public Sector Management as well as in edited books.

As an experienced doctoral supervisor I welcome enquires about doctoral research in areas related to my research interests.


Dr Ian C. Elliott is Associate Professor of Public Leadership and Management in the Department of Leadership and HRM. His research includes work on public leadership, organisational change in the public sector and community empowerment. He has extensive consultancy and research experience and has successfully supervised and examined up to doctoral level.

Dr Elliott holds a number of academic leadership positions nationally and internationally. He is the current Honorary Chair and trustee of the Joint University Council (JUC) - the UK learned society for public administration, public policy and social work. In this capacity he represents UK universities who teach and research in these subjects. He is subject expert in Public Sector and Healthcare on the CABS Academic Journal Guide Committee. He is also a member of the International Commission on the Accreditation of Public Administration and Training Programs (ICAPA) Accreditation Committee. He co-convenes the International Institute of Administrative Sciences EGPA Permanent Study Group IX Teaching Public Administration. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Teaching Public Administration, Policy Policy and Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education and Public Administration: An International Quarterly.

Dr Elliott has over 15 year’s experience of teaching and learning across five UK universities. He has led the development of many postgraduate and doctoral programmes in public administration and management. He has also held strategic leadership roles within and across faculties including at Graduate School and Senate. 

Much of Dr Elliott’s prior academic experience has included engaging with employers such as Academi Wales, City of Edinburgh Council, Dundee City Council, Orkney Islands Council and Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations. Dr Elliott has also been commissioned by organisations to run training courses and has been invited to speak at numerous academic and professional events including for the Higher Education Academy, MacKay Hannah and Holyrood Events.

Dr Elliott is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and a Chartered Management & Business Educator (CMBE).


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Further Information

Education/Academic qualification

Public Administration, PhD, Glasgow Caledonian University

2 Sep 200212 Jul 2007

Award Date: 12 Jul 2007

External positions

Joint University Council

7 Jan 2021 → …


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