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

Steve was awarded his doctorate in 2014 after studying at the School for Policy Studies at Bristol University. His research was on the relationship between the public service ethos and multi-agency collaboration.

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Parker, S. (Forthcoming, 2015) 'What does working in public services mean ? Describing the public service ethos in practice'. in Lawton, A. et al. (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Ethics and Public Service Organisations.  London: Routledge

Parker, S. (2015). Researching the Values of Participants Attending Strategic Boards in Public Services: Semi-Structured Interviews, Documentary Research and Observation. In SAGE Research Methods Cases. London, United Kingdom: SAGE Publications, Ltd. doi:

Parker, S. (forthcoming, 2015) 'Debate: Public Service Motivation, Citizens and Leadership Roles' in Public Money and Management.


Research interests/expertise

  • Values of public sector professions
  • Multi-agency collaboration
  • Strategic partnership boards
  • Procurement, contracting and commissioning
  • Public management

Areas of teaching

  • Programme Leader - MSc Project Management
  • Public Management
  • Human Resource Management


  • DSocSci (Bristol)
  • MA/CQSW (Leicester)
  • BA Hons. (Essex)  
  • PGCertHE
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Political Studies Association
  • Registered Social Worker, Health and Care Professions Council

Conference attendance

  • School for Policy Studies Research Seminar: University of Bristol (2007)
  • International Conference in Interpretive Policy Analysis: University of Essex (2008)
  • Doctoral Workshop, - 'Thinking Critically about Governance: Explorations of Power in Practice': University of Bath (2009)
  • Public Policy Research Seminar: University of Lincoln (2011)
  • Ideals and Reality in Social Ethics: University of Wales (2011)
  • Postgraduate Social Work Symposium: Chinese University of Hong Kong (2013)

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

Practitioner reviewer – Public Money and Management.


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