PeterDr Peter Eckersley

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Contact Details:
Telephone:07771 888790
Room: Elmfield 1.25
Email: p.eckersley@sheffield.ac.uk


Profile

Dr Eckersley is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics, working on a Leverhulme-funded project that investigates the impact of austerity on EU environmental policy. He is also the Reviews Editor for Local Government Studies.

Prior to joining the Department in September 2017, Dr Eckersley worked as a postdoc at the University of York, and before that he was a Research Associate at Newcastle University Business School. His PhD from Newcastle University focused on urban climate governance in England and Germany, and he has also held visiting positions at the universities of Potsdam and Münster in Germany.

Between 2001 and 2012 Dr Eckersley worked for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA, the UK's accountancy body for the public services) in various consultancy, training and research posts. This involved advising public sector practitioners, most of whom worked in local authorities, on policy implementation, performance management, strategy and finance.

Prizes and awards

  • Runner-up in the Institute for German Studies’ annual Early Career Researcher Prize (2017)
  • Full ESRC studentships awarded to fund Masters and PhD degrees.
Teaching

Peter contributes to the second year undergraduate module Never Mind the Ballots. He also taught seminars for undergraduate modules on comparative politics, Britain and the EU and Chinese politics whilst at Newcastle University.

Research

Dr Eckersley’s research interests focus on multi-level governance, comparative political systems, environmental policy, and British and German politics. He is particularly interested in how state actors seek to address wicked policy issues and the implications of their approaches for decision-making and accountability.

Publications

Books

Eckersley, P. (forthcoming) Power and capacity in urban climate governance: Germany and England compared. To be published by Peter Lang in 2018.

Jackson, P., Harris, L. and Eckersley, P.M. (eds.) 2003. E-Business Fundamentals: Managing Organizations in the Electronic Age, Routledge, London.

Journal articles

Eckersley, P., England, K. and Ferry, L. 2018, in press. Sustainable development in cities: collaborating for urban climate resilience. To be published in Public Money and Management.

Eckersley, P. 2017. Who shapes local climate policy? Unpicking governance arrangements in English and German cities. Environmental Politics, Epub ahead of print, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2017.1380963.

Eckersley, P. 2017. Book review: The urban climate challenge - rethinking the role of cities in the global climate regime. Environmental Politics, Epub ahead of print, available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2017.1365418.

Ferry, L., Coombs, H. and Eckersley, P. 2017. Budgetary stewardship, innovation and working culture: identifying the missing ingredient in English and Welsh local authorities’ recipes for austerity management. Financial Accountability and Management 33 (2), 220-243. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faam.12117.

Eckersley, P. 2017. Cities and climate change: how historical legacies shape policy-making in English and German municipalities. Politics 37 (2), 151-166. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0263395716670412.

Murphy, P., Eckersley, P. and Ferry, L. 2017. Accountability and transparency: police forces in England and Wales. Public Policy and Administration 32 (3), 197-213. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0952076716671033.

Ferry, L. and Eckersley, P. 2017. Freedom, power and capacity – analysing the fallout from the UK’s ‘Brexit’ referendum. Public Money and Management 37 (1), 2-3. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2016.1249218.

Eckersley, P. 2017. A new framework for understanding subnational policy-making and local choice. Policy Studies 38 (1), 76-90. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01442872.2016.1188910.

Ferry, L. and Eckersley, P. 2016. Climate change and COP21 in Paris – addressing the ultimate wicked issue. Public Money and Management 36 (4), 241-242. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2016.1163021.

Ferry, L. and Eckersley, P. 2015. Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the UK public sector: act three ‘accountability and audit arrangements’. Public Money and Management 35 (3), 203-210. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2015.1027496.

Ferry, L., Eckersley, P. and Van Dooren, W. 2015. Local taxation and spending as a share of GDP in large Western European countries. Environment and Planning A 47 (9), 1779-1880. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0308518X15595891.

Ferry, L. and Eckersley, P. 2015. Accountability and transparency in English local government: moving from ‘matching parts’ to ‘awkward couple’? Financial Accountability and Management 31 (3), 345-361. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faam.12060.

Ferry, L. and Eckersley, P. 2015. Accountability and transparency: a nuanced response to Etzioni. Public Administration Review 75 (1), 11-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/puar.12303.

Eckersley, P., Ferry, L. and Zakaria, Z. 2014. A ‘panoptical’ or ‘synoptical’ approach to monitoring performance? Local public services in England and the widening accountability gap. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 25 (6), 529-538. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2013.03.003.

Eckersley, P. and Timm-Arnold, P. 2014. Directly-elected mayors and the austerity agenda: lessons from the German experience. Public Money and Management 34 (5), 347-354. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2014.945803.

Ferry, L., Zakaria, Z. and Eckersley, P. 2014. The role of budget speech: a Malaysian Government study. International Journal of Public Sector Management 27 (7), 564-580. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-01-2014-0010.

Ferry, L. and Eckersley, P. 2012. Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the UK public sector: act two – the annual Budget. Public Money and Management 32 (2), 119-125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2012.656017.

Ferry, L. and Eckersley, P. 2011. Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the UK public sector: act one – the Comprehensive Spending Review. Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services 10 (1), 14-23. www.cipfa.org.uk/thejournal/download/L_Ferry_and_P_Eckersley.pdf.

Book chapters

Eckersley, P. and Ferry, L. 2017. Accountable to whom? Data transparency,depoliticisation and the myth of the market in English local government. In B. Cuadrado-Ballesteros and I.M. García-Sánchez (eds.) Local Governments in the Digital Era: Looking for Accountability, New York: Nova Publishing.

Jackson, P. and Eckersley, P.M. 2003. Organizations in the electronic age. In P. Jackson,L. Harris and P. M. Eckersley (eds.) E-Business Fundamentals: Managing Organizations in the Electronic Age, London: Routledge.

Curthoys, N., Eckersley, P.M. and Jackson, P. 2003. E-Government. In P. Jackson, L. Harris and P. M. Eckersley (eds.) E-Business Fundamentals: Managing Organizations in the Electronic Age, London: Routledge.

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