Francesca Gains is a Professor of Public Policy and Head of Politics at the University of Manchester. Before becoming an academic she worked in local government & the probation service, and has both government funded and Parliamentary research experience. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy, Local Government Studies and the International Review of Administrative Sciences.
Her research explores the relationship between political management arrangements and policy outcomes. Current projects investigate of the politics of regulatory decisions examining Impact assessments accross Whitehall Departments (Leverhulme funded); and new arrangements to support Police and Crime Commissioners (with Vivien Lowndes) linked with ERC funded Understanding Institutional Change research.
Francesca also has a long term research agenda examining gender & policy making in the UK core executive and comparatively. She conducted research on 'Pathways to Politics', the routes to representation and barriers faced by under-represented groups for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is currently a co-investigator on a ESRC Seminar Series considering Feminizing Politics. In 2012 she was awarded the Best Paper in Comparative Policy at the 2011 American Political Science Association conference in Seattle for work examining when governments pay attention to gender equality demands (with collaborators Claire Annesley and Isabelle Engeli).
Previously she has worked on a number of government funded research projects including a five year evaluation of constitutional reform in English local government, the introduction of health scrutiny for the Centre for Public Scrutiny, as well as research for the Standards Board for England, the Lyons Inquiry into Local Government and the Roberts Commission on the Role of Councillors. In 2008 she received the Herbert Kaufman Award for the Best Paper in Public Administration at the 2007 American Political Science Association Conference in Chicago for research examining bureaucratic policy preferences (with Peter John). Earlier research examined the introduction of new political management arrangements in central government through the establishment of executive agencies.
Supervised to completion:
Currently supervising doctoral research on:
- Anna Saunders (ESRC funded) The Impact of Gendered Policies on Women's Voting
- Matthew Crow Social Enterprise in the British Political Tradition
- Anthony Chambers Do Immigrant Origin MPs represent Immigrant Origin Voters
- Ana Sanchez Santana (ORS funded) The Challenges of Regulatory Governance in Mexico
- Jolanta Shields (ESRC and Presedential Doctoral Scholarship) 'Community Interest Companies in the NHS: A Trojan Horse for Marketisation?'
- Leah Culhane (ERC Understanding Institutional Change funded) 'Feminist Institutionalism and Gendered Political Change'
- Rabi'ah Aminudin (Government funding) 'The Role of the National Women's Policy Agency in Malaysia'
- Sara Kallock 'Liveability and the Framing of Sex Work'
- Blanca Merino Casallo 'Investigating Politicians' Acting For and Against Gender Equality Policies'
Would welcome enquiries on any of the research areas listed under biography for example, comparative public policy, public policy analysis, political management, Labour politics and policy, gender and policy making, public policy impact assessment.