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Dr Lorraine Johnston

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School


Dr Lorraine Johnston (PhD, CMI; SFHEA; FHEA) is Senior Lecturer of International Public Management and Leadership in the department of LHRM. She was awarded a highly competitive ESRC scholarship and holds a PhD in urban politics and public management from Newcastle University, Global Urban Research Unit. At Newcastle Business School, Faculty of Business and Law, Lorraine leads the Public Policy and Public Management (3PM) Research Interest Group which supports an External Speaker Series.

As a lead member of the Research England Research Team (with Prof Shutt and Prof Liddle and PhD researchers, Sarah Davie and Nathan Pellow) she is currently researching a comparative study of Newcastle, London and Amsterdam which takes an evidenced-based approach to university city-wide economic development. To support this project, Lorraine recently secured a book contract on Place and City Leadership with Emerald Publishers. More recent publications include a co-authored book (2020) Public Enterprise and Local Place: New Perspectives on Theory and Practicewith Taylor and Francis.

Lorraine is a member of Future Leaders, Regional Studies; Regional Science Initiative. More recently, has been supported by the PAC Learned Society (with colleagues at Birmingham, Staffordshire and Edgehill universities) to lead a Diversity and Inclusion Panel looking at inclusion, identity and equality in public administration.

Lorraine Johnston

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Leading the combined authorities in England, Fenwick, J., Johnston, L. 2 Jan 2020, In: Public Money & Management
  • Contextualising public entrepreneurship in Greek local government austerity, Melissanidou, E., Johnston, L. 11 Nov 2019, In: International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research
  • Odd Couple Collaborations and Making them Tick!, Jha, P., Johnston, L. 13 Sep 2019, In: European Business Review
  • Public Enterprise and Local Place, Johnston, L. 9 Jul 2019
  • From 3Cs to 5Cs, Blenkinsopp, J., Bowden, A., Hamza, N., Johnston, L., Myers, J. 12 Jun 2018
  • Public Entrepreneurship: Is Local Government Necessary to Deliver Economic Development?, Johnston, L., Fenwick, J. 3 Sep 2018, The Routledge Handbook of International Local Government, Taylor & Francis
  • Challenges for civil society involvement in civic entrepreneurship, Johnston, L., Blenkinsopp, J. 23 Feb 2017, In: Public Money & Management
  • Public leadership as a public value framework in local government austerity contexts, Melissanidou, E., Johnston, L. Mar 2017
  • Northern Powerhouse: Making sense of the rhetoric and reality in creating more innovative knowledge exchange partnerships, Johnston, L. Nov 2016


  • Philosophy PhD June 30 2007
  • Chartered Management Institute CMI 2019
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2011

PGR Supervision

  • Alistair Bulloch Start: 01/10/2017
  • Alistair Bulloch Start: 01/10/2017
  • Sarah Davie Start: 01/10/2019
  • Laura Woods Start: 01/10/2016
  • Eleni Melissanidou Creating Public Value: A Case Study of Greek Local Government Bureaucratic Entrepreneurs in Times of Fiscal Austerity Start: 01/10/2013


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