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Dr Lorraine Johnston

Associate Professor

Department: Newcastle Business School


Dr Lorraine Johnston (PhD, CMI; SFHEA; FHEA) is Associate Professor of International Public Leadership & Policy in the department of LHRM. Previously awarded a highly competitive ESRC scholarship she holds a Ph.D. in urban regeneration, local government, and politics from Newcastle University, Global Urban Research Unit. At Newcastle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Lorraine set up and voluntarily leads the Public Policy & Public Management (3PM) Research Interest Group in 2012 to support an Internal & External Speaker Series of leading researchers. More recent roles include Faculty Strategic Coordinator representing Faculty Research Interest Groups (RIGs) on the Departmental Research and Knowledge Exchange Group (DRaKE).

As a lead member of the Research England Research Team (with Prof Shutt and Prof Liddle and Ph.D. researchers, Sarah Davie and Nathan Pellow) she is currently researching a comparative study of Newcastle, London, and Amsterdam. The comparative study takes an evidenced-based approach to university city-wide economic development. To support this project, Lorraine recently secured a book contract on Place and City Leadership with Emerald Publishers. Her most recent research includes two co-authored monographs:

(2020) Public Enterprise and Local Place: New Perspectives on Theory and Practice with Taylor and Francis.

(2020) Leading Local Government: A Place for Elected Mayors? with Emerald Publishing. 

Lorraine is a key member of the Future Leaders, Regional Studies; Regional Science Initiative. More recently, supported by the Public Administration Committee Learned Society (with colleagues at Birmingham, Staffordshire, and Edgehill universities) to lead on a Diversity & Inclusion Panel looking specifically at issues of inclusion, identity, and equality in a context of public administration.


Faculty Administration roles include:

Faculty Strategic Coordinator - Faculty Research Interest Groups (RIGs)

* Programme Leader - MSc Strategic Leadership Degree Apprenticeship; 

* Programme Leader - MSc Strategic Leadership for Public Services Degree Apprenticeship;

* Module Tutor MSc Public Leadership, Degree Apprenticeship. 


Interested external RIG speakers; and potential Ph.D. research students can get in touch by email:



Lorraine Johnston

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Environment, Landscape, and Place in the Windfarm-Tourism ‘Conflict’, Mordue, T., Moss, O., Johnston, L. 10 Nov 2020, In: Europe Now
  • Leading Local Government: the role of directly elected mayors, Johnston, L. 6 Jul 2020
  • Leading the combined authorities in England: A new future for elected mayors?, Fenwick, J., Johnston, L. 2 Jan 2020, In: Public Money & Management
  • Odd Couple Collaborations and Making them Tick!, Jha, P., Johnston, L. 15 Jan 2020, In: European Business Review
  • The impacts of onshore-windfarms on a UK rural tourism landscape: objective evidence, local opposition, and national politics, Mordue, T., Moss, O., Johnston, L. 1 Nov 2020, In: Journal of Sustainable Tourism
  • Contextualising public entrepreneurship in Greek local government austerity, Melissanidou, E., Johnston, L. 11 Nov 2019, In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
  • Public Enterprise and Local Place: New Perspectives on Theory and Practice, Fenwick, J., Johnston, L. 9 Jul 2019
  • The Future of Public Administration Teaching and Research in the North East, Elliott, I., Johnston, L. 28 Nov 2019, The North East After Brexit: Impact and Policy, Emerald
  • From 3Cs to 5Cs: an expanded framework for understanding transitions in the formality of governance arrangements in cross-sector social partnerships, Blenkinsopp, J., Bowden, A., Hamza, N., Johnston, L., Myers, J. 12 Jun 2018, 6th Biennial International Symposium on Cross-Sector Social Interactions
  • Public Entrepreneurship: Is Local Government Necessary to Deliver Economic Development?, Johnston, L., Fenwick, J. 3 Sep 2018, The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government, Taylor & Francis

PGR Supervision

  • Eleni Melissanidou Creating Public Value: A Case Study of Greek Local Government Bureaucratic Entrepreneurs in Times of Fiscal Austerity Start Date: 01/10/2013 End Date: 23/04/2018
  • Michelle Booth Inclusive entrepreneurship: An exploration of place-based community enterprise Start Date: 15/04/2021
  • Tsitsi Chokera Heslop Contextualising Zimbabwe Women Entrepreneurs’ everyday institutional and spatial experiences in UK and Zimbabwe: Culture, Policy, Ethnicity Contextualised Start Date: 01/10/2020
  • Alistair Bulloch Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 10/03/2020
  • Alistair Bulloch Start Date: 01/10/2017 End Date: 10/03/2020
  • Sarah Davie A Study of the changing nature of University Leadership in Scotland Start Date: 01/10/2019
  • Laura Woods A comparative analysis of the impact of knowledge exchange activity on SME attitudes, engagement with higher education and business performance, 2011 – 2016 Start Date: 01/10/2016
  • Eleni Melissanidou Creating Public Value: A Case Study of Greek Local Government Bureaucratic Entrepreneurs in Times of Fiscal Austerity Start Date: 01/10/2013 End Date: 23/04/2018


  • Philosophy PhD June 30 2007
  • Chartered Management Institute CMI 2019
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011

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