Professor Wayne Parsons
BSc(econ) Wales, MSc(econ) Wales, PhD (London), FRSA, AcSS
Wayne Parsons is professor of public policy at Queen Mary, University of London. He defines public policy as the study of how human beings engage in problem solving in respect of those problems which they consider to be public and require forms of collective action. He has written widely in this field, and his textbook Public Policy is an established text and is used all over the world by both academics and practitioners. It has been published in many languages. He has designed and taught a variety of courses dealing with how problems and policies are designed, implemented and evaluated. In recent years he has also given courses on the use of policy analysis in emerging and developing contexts. He has extensive international experience in research, consulting, teaching and training. He has held several visiting professorships and is currently distinquished visiting professor in public policy at the Falcultad Latioamerica de Ciences Sociales (a leading research institute with centers throughout Latin America) where he works closely with both scholars and policy professionals on improving policy capacity in the region.
My main area of research is public policy. As a field, public policy encompasses a fairly broad range of interests, including political economy, public management and public administration as well as the history of ideas. My current research involves comparative research into recent developments in enhancing policy capacity and modernising policy making. I am also a partner in an EU funded project monitoring democracy in the European Union (EUROPUB). I am currently completing a new book Redesigning Public Policy: New Directions in Theory and Practice. I am on the editorial board on a number of journals, including, The Policy Sciences, Journal of European Public Policy, Innovation, Evidence and Policy and Contemporary Wales. I am also the editor of a series of books for Edward Elgar publishing: New Horizons in Public Policy.