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Dr Steven Parker

Job: Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Project Management

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 201 3984




Personal profile

Steve has over twenty years of experience in local government as a social worker, policy and planning officer and manager.  

He was previously a Lecturer in Public Management at the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) University of Birmingham.

Steve is a Visiting Fellow at the Open University Business School.

Key research outputs

Hartley, J., Parker, S., Beashel, J. (2018) Leadership to create public value: A case study of multi-agency working and victim support services Centre for Policing Research and Learning, Open University: Milton Keynes.

Parker, S., Hartley, J. and Beashel, J. (2017) Place leadership in a case study of rural crime, Open University Seminar on Place Leadership: Prospects, Problems and Priorities, Open University: Milton Keynes.

Parker, S., Hartley, J., Beashel, J., Vo, Q. (2017) Leadership to create public value: A case study of an initiative to address rural crime Centre for Policing Research and Learning, Open University: Milton Keynes.

Vo, Q., Hartley, J., Khalil, L., Beashel, J. & Parker, S. 2017. Understanding public value through policing priorities using Q methodology. Final report. Centre for Policing Research and Learning, The Open University

Parker S, (2017) The public service ethos in the 21st century: redundant theory of opportunity for re-evaluation, Interpretative Policy Analysis Conference. De Montfort University: Leicester.

Parker, S, Needham, C, Mangan, C, Bottom K (2016) The 21st Century Councillor: 8 Lessons from the Literature. INLOGOV, University of Birmingham.

C, Mangan, Needham, C, Bottom, K, Parker, S (2016) Report on the 21st Century Councillor. INLOGOV, University of Birmingham.

Parker, S. (2016) 'Reconnecting public service ethos and multi-agency collaboration. What are the possibilities and prospects for new local collaborative environments?' Public Money and Management. 36 (1)

Parker, S. (2015) 'What does working in public services mean? Describing the public service ethos in practice'. In: Lawton, A. et al. (Eds.) Ethics in Public Policy and Management: a Global Research Companion. Routledge: London.

Parker, S. (2015) Researching the Values of Participants Attending Strategic Boards in Public Services: Semi-Structured Interviews, Documentary Research and Observation. SAGE Research Methods Cases. Sage: Thousand Oaks.

Parker, S. (2015) ‘Debate: Public Service Motivation, Citizens and Leadership Roles’ in Public Money and Management Journal. 35 (5)

Research interests/expertise

Steve’s research interests are broadly in public management:

  • Public service ethos
  • Values of public service professions
  • Public value
  • Strategy and collaboration
  • Strategic commissioning

Areas of teaching

  • Programme Leader - MSc Project Management
  • Project Management Theory and Practice
  • Public Management and Public Policy

International teaching:

Niels Brock Business College, Copenhagen, Denmark (2015)

Economics University, Katowice, Poland (2017) 


  • Doctor of Social Science (School for Policy Studies, Bristol University)
  • MA/CQSW (Leicester)
  • BA Hons. (Essex)  
  • PGCertHE (DMU, Distinction)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Political Studies Association
  • Registered Social Worker (SW32332), Health and Care Professions Council
  • Associate member - Association of Project Management

Conference attendance

  • Public and Political Leadership Conference (PuPOL), Swedish Defence University, Stockholm, Sweden (April 2018, forthcoming)
  • Society for Evidence Based Policing Conference (March 2018, forthcoming)
  • Interpretative Policy Analysis Conference, De Montfort University (July 2017)
  • International Research Society in Public Management (IRSPM), Corvinus University, Budapest, Hungary (May 2017)
  • Public and Political Leadership Conference (PuPOL), Open University Business School, Milton Keynes (April 2017)
  • Place Leadership: Prospects, Problems and Priorities Seminar, Open University Business School (March 2017)
  • Political Studies Association, Brighton (2016)
  • Social Work Symposium:  Chinese University of Hong Kong (2013)
  • Ideals and Reality in Social Ethics: University of Wales, Newport (2011)
  • Public Policy Research Seminar University of Lincoln (2011)
  • Doctoral Workshop, - 'Thinking Critically about Governance: Explorations of Power in Practice' (University of Bath (2009)
  • International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis: University of Essex (2008)

Internally funded research project information

£500 for Pilot Study - Councillors, Values and the Public Service Ethos (PSE) - Steven Parker and Colin Copus

Professional esteem indicators

Reviewer: Public Money and Management and Public Administration Review.


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