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Dr Carl Purcell

Research Associate

Carl joined SCWRU in May 2017, after completing his PhD looking at the politics of children's services reform at Durham University. He is working on a research project looking at multi-agency working between schools and local government in relation to child protection and safeguarding.

Prior to his PhD research, Carl worked in a variety of policy roles in education and children's services at three different London local authorities.

His main research interests include:

  • The party political dynamics of children's services reform

  • The importance of serious child protection cases to the development of children's services policy

  • Central-local government relations in children's services

  • Inter-agency working in children's services

Papers and publications include:


Carl Purcell (2016) 'The Politics of Policy-Making: Children's Services Reform (1997-2015). PhD thesis available at:

Carl Purcell (2014) ‘The Politics of Social Policy Reform: The Role of the Labour Treasury in the Development of Children’s Social Services Reform (1997-2010).’ Social Policy Association Conference, Sheffield: July 2014.

Carl Purcell (2013) ‘Why Parties and Policies Matter and Networks Don’t: A Case Study of the Children’s Services Policy Process.’ Policy and Politics Conference, Bristol: September 2013

Carl Purcell and Danny S. L. Chow (2011) ‘The Reorganization of Children’s Social Services in England. Public Money and Management. Vol.31(6): 403-410

Carl Purcell and Danny S. L. Chow (2010) ‘Instability of Archetypes: The Case of Children’s Services in England.’ European Academy of Management Conference, Rome: May 2010. 

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