Chris Skelcher

Christopher Skelcher

Colleges, School and Institutes

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Chris Skelcher’s research examines how ideas about democracy and governance interact with the institutions and behaviours through which public policy is performed. His main focus is on third party government operating at arm’s-length from elected political authority. He is currently engaged in a long-term study of the reform of ‘quangos’ by the UK’s Coalition government and welcomes PhD applications that would add a comparative or specific sectoral dimension to this research.

Current projects include:

Shrinking the State: analysing the reform of arm’s-length bodies
Hybrid governance in European cities: neighbourhood and migration in Birmingham, Copenhagen and Rotterdam
Claim-making and evidence-based policy making (current ESRC-funded PhD supervision)

Professor Skelcher supervises doctoral research in these areas.