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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

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • New development: Public service innovation, Johnston, L., Fenwick, J. 17 Jun 2024, In: Public Money and Management
  • Calls for papers: The dark side of CSR: Causes, constraints and consequences of (un)delivering the promise, Petrylaite, E., Kazlauskaitė, R., Johnston, L. 26 Jan 2023
  • Debate: A new public enterprise?, Fenwick, J., Johnston, L. 17 Nov 2023, In: Public Money and Management
  • A Stronger Public Sector? The New Public Enterprise, Fenwick, J., Johnston, L. 18 Nov 2022, Reimagining Public Sector Management, Bingley, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
  • Cities and communities beyond COVID-19: How local leadership can change our future for the better by Robin Hambleton, Bristol, Bristol University Press, 2020, 170 pp., £9.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-1529215854, Johnston, L. 4 Mar 2022, In: Local Government Studies
  • 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

  • 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 End Date: 14/06/2023
  • Tsitsi Chokera Heslop The Dynamics of International Political History and Contemporary contexts on Women Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs (WEME): “Understanding how international, political, historical and contemporary links to entrepreneurship shape Zimbabwean women’s entrepreneurial activities at home and in host country”. 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
  • Laura Woods Negotiating the entrepreneurial turn: A comparative study of the nature and impact of the knowledge exchange agendas delivered by two post-1992 universities in Northern England 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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