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Research Themes and Scholarly 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.

Key Publications

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  • The Implementation of a Strategic State in a Small Country Setting - the case of the ‘Scottish Approach’, Elliott, I. 18 May 2020, In: Public Money and Management
  • The fragmentation of public administration: Differentiated and decentered governance in the (dis)United Kingdom, Elliott, I., Bottom, K., Carmichael, P., Liddle, J., Martin, S., Pyper, R. 1 Mar 2022, In: Public Administration
  • The Community Empowerment Act and Localism under Devolution in Scotland: the perspective of multiple stakeholders in a council ward, Elliott, I., Fejszes, V., Tàrrega, M. 8 Apr 2019, In: International Journal of Public Sector Management
  • Putting the international in Public Administration: An International Quarterly. A historical review of 1992–2022, Aoki, N., Elliott, I., Simon, J., Stazyk, E. 1 Mar 2022, In: Public Administration
  • Organisational Learning and Change in a Public Sector Context, Elliott, I. 1 Oct 2020, In: Teaching Public Administration
  • Building student engagement through co-production and curriculum co-design in public administration programmes., Elliott, I., Robson, I., Dudau, A. 29 Oct 2020, In: Teaching Public Administration

PGR Supervision

  • Ariena Zoutberg Glass House: determining the capability of the public sector's Internal Audit Function in order to ensure an independent control function in Dutch housing corporations Start Date: 01/10/2020 End Date: 05/05/2022
  • Jacqueline Moore Fostering collaborative leadership in a regional governance system: A relational perspective from the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Aimey Adamson Leadership in the Cinderella Sector: A case study on the effects of leadership theory on staff in Further Education Colleges. Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Robert Bickerstaffe Leadership and Empowerment - The Scottish Approach To Public Service Delivery Start Date: 01/10/2019 End Date: 14/10/2021


  • Public Administration PhD July 12 2007
  • Chartered Management & Business Educator CMBE 2019
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute CMI 2019
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2018
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce FRSA 2015

Further Information

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