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School of Applied Social Sciences

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Professor Ian Greener

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Ian Greener is Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences and Executive Director of the Wolfson Research Institute at Durham. He has also served as a Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and as Director of the ESRC North East Doctoral Training Centre at Durham.

Ian's research crosses a range of areas, but is especially concerned with health policy and healthcare, viewed from a critical social science perspective. It asks questions about how we know whether policy and organisational changes work, what assumptions about human agency are explicitly or implicitly contained in policy and organisational change, and on how argumentation is used by policymakers and managers to justify policy change and continuity.

Ian has worked in Higher Education since 1997 including (amongst others) posts at the Universities of York and Manchester. Before that he worked as an accountant in the NHS.

He is the general editor of the oldest social policy journal in the UK, Social Policy and Administration. He welcomes applications from potential PhD students in the areas of social policy reform, particular with respect to healthcare.


Journal papers: academic

Books: authored

Books: edited

Research Interests

  • Social policy and public management, with a particular concern with healthcare and health policy

Research Groups

  • Policy, Professions and Communities

Research Projects

Teaching Areas

  • Perspectives on Social Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods


Selected Grants

  • 2009: Understanding the Dynamics Clinical/Managerial relationships (£124384.87 from NIHR)

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