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Peter John

Visiting Professor of Public Policy

Professor John, who taught at Birkbeck from 1999-2004, is currently the Hallsworth Chair of Governance at the University of Manchester.

While at Birkbeck, he helped to create the School's MSc/MRes degree in Public Policy and Management, and also served as Head of School from 2001-04. He earlier taught at Southampton and Keele Universities, and was a fellow at the Policy Studies Institute.

Research interests

His main research focus is on local/urban politics and policy. Other interests include political behaviour, political manipulation and citizen attitudes.


He is the author of Analysing Public Policy (1998) and Local Governance in Western Europe (2001), and has published articles in the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Political Studies, Urban Studies and other journals.


Professor John received his BSc from the University of Bath, and his DPhil from the University of Oxford.

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