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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
  • Leading Local Government: the role of directly elected mayors, Johnston, L. 6 Jul 2020
  • Leading the combined authorities in England, 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, 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, Blenkinsopp, J., Bowden, A., Hamza, N., Johnston, L., Myers, J. 12 Jun 2018
  • 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
  • Challenges for civil society involvement in civic entrepreneurship, Johnston, L., Blenkinsopp, J. 23 Feb 2017, In: Public Money & Management


  • 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

PGR Supervision

  • Tsitsi Chokera Heslop Start: 01/10/2020
  • Alistair Bulloch Start: 01/10/2017
  • Alistair Bulloch Start: 01/10/2017
  • Sarah Davie Start: 01/10/2019
  • Laura Woods Start: 01/10/2016
  • Eleni Melissanidou Creating Public Value: A Case Study of Greek Local Government Bureaucratic Entrepreneurs in Times of Fiscal Austerity Start: 01/10/2013

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