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Jane Scullion

Job: Researcher and part-time lecturer

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

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

T: +44 (0)116 255 1551




Personal profile

Jane Scullion is a doctoral researcher and lecturer in the Local Governance Research Unit at De Montfort University. She has over twenty years of experience of senior management in local government. 

Jane’s doctoral research focuses on accountability systems in local government and the impact of innovation and social media on local level democracy. Her other research interests are in governance, political leadership, public participation, member and officer relations and comparative systems of local government. She is currently involved in a knowledge exchange visit with Oslo University, Norway.

She has, over the course of her career in local government, worked closely with politicians and senior managers in central and local government on a wide range of issues from community safety to waste management. Her particular commitment, as a former practitioner, is to the principle of ‘engaged scholarship’; using her expertise and experience to encourage collaboration and inform debate in the sector. She currently acts as an expert advisor to the Centre for Public Scrutiny, part of the Local Government Association, working with councils around the country on accountability issues.

Jane is passionate about new technologies, intelligently applied, and is particularly interested in how elected politicians might use new media in democratic processes.

Publications and outputs

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Key research outputs

Contribution to Social Media and Public Policy: What's the Evidence? published by The Alliance for Useful Evidence and funded by NESTA, The Big Lottery and the ESRC, published September 2013.


PhD candidate, De Montfort University, 2010 – present 

Master of Public Administration, Warwick University, 2000-2003

Diploma in Social Administration, London School of Economics, 1976 - 1977 

BA (Hons) English, 2ii New Hall, Cambridge University, 1972 – 1975, MA 2006

Courses taught

Courses include British Government and Politics, Introduction to Politics, Employability for Politics and International Relations and study skills classes for HR and Business students.

Conference attendance

Tweeting or Retreating: the dilemma for modern councillors. Paper at Policy and Politics Conference, Transforming Policy and Politics: the Future of the State in the 21st Century, Bristol, 17-18 September 2013.

Old rules for new technologies: institutional responses to social media use by local councillors. Paper at European Consortium for Political Research Conference, Sciences Po Bordeaux, 4-7 September 2013.

Social media in English local government: diffusion and impact. Paper at Postgraduate Network Conference, Political Studies Association, Oxford, November 2012.

Professional esteem indicators

Co-convenor of the Local Politics Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association and webmaster of the Researching Local Politics web-site. Experience as a local government inspector (Audit Commission); as a peer reviewer (Improvement and Development Agency); as a mentor on the Local Government Graduate Trainee Scheme; and as a scrutineer for Chartered Institute of Public Finance’s Public Servant of the Year scheme for five years.