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Melissa Hawkins

Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

I started my career in education, working as a classroom teacher in schools for nine years. I then moved to higher education where for five years I was a teaching fellow in academic skills and learning development at two universities in the South West of England. My practitioner based experiences have influenced my primary research interest in the interaction between theory, policy, and practice, and how to increase research relevance.

My PhD research applies complexity theory as a theoretical framework to problematise performance management in schools. For the past four years I have been a Co-Investigator for an externally funded action-oriented research project, which is focused on the development of  complexity-informed public management practice.

Melissa Hawkins

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Social sciences lecturer interested in:

  • Engaged Scholarship
  • Researcher - Practitioner partnerships
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Action-oriented research
  • Complexity theories
  • Public Services
  • Social policy

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Secular discernment: a process of individual unlearning and collective relearning, Burton, N., Vu, M., Hawkins, M. 27 Apr 2022, In: Management Learning
  • Managing the complexity of outcomes: a new approach to performance measurement and management, French, M., Lowe, T., Wilson, R., Rhodes, M., Hawkins, M. 7 May 2021, Handbook on performance management in the public sector, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar
  • New development: Responding to complexity in public services—the human learning systems approach, Lowe, T., French, M., Hawkins, M., Hesselgreaves, H., Wilson, R. 3 Oct 2021, In: Public Money and Management
  • New development: The emerging role of a 'learning partner' relationship in supporting public service reform, Hesselgreaves, H., French, M., Lowe, T., Hawkins, M., Wheatman, A., Martin, M., Wilson, R. 3 Oct 2021, In: Public Money and Management
  • Navigating complexity: The future of public service, Lowe, T., French, M., Hawkins, M. 26 Dec 2020, The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant, London, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Reconceptualising and redefining educational leadership practice, James, C., Connolly, M., Hawkins, M. 2 Sep 2020, In: International Journal of Leadership in Education
  • The human, learning, systems approach to commissioning in complexity, Lowe, T., French, M., Hawkins, M. 14 Oct 2020, Local Authorities and the Social Determinants of Health, Bristol, Policy Press
  • The social sciences struggle to be relevant. Can action-oriented research help?, French, M., Hawkins, M. 25 Sep 2020
  • Exploring the Ideas of Coupling and Complexity in Schools, Hawkins, M., James, C. 15 Jan 2019, Educational Leadership, Organizational Learning, and the Ideas of Karl Weick

Professional Activity

Qualifications

  • Education MA September 01 2012
  • Education PGCE July 31 2003
  • Qualified Teacher Status QTS


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