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Biography

Kate Harrison is a Lecturer in Public Policy in the Department of Political Economy. She completed her BA in Philosophy at the University of Warwick and MSc in Governance and Policy at the University of Southampton. Her PhD at the University of Southampton funded by the Economic and Social Research Council is on the impact of austerity on political participation in the UK.

Kate previously worked in the British civil service as Private Secretary to the CEO and Chair of UK Research and Innovation.

Research

Her research focuses on the impact of austerity on political participation in the UK. Kate takes a mixed methods approach to her research and broader research interests include public policy, poverty and inequality.

Teaching

  • Policy Process
  • Policy Analysis
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Comparing Political Systems
  • Business and Politics

Publications

Harrison, K. (2020) ‘Can’t, Won’t and What’s the Point? A Theory of the UK Public’s Muted Response to Austerity’, Representation. doi: 10.1080/00344893.2020.1728367

Harrison, K. (Forthcoming) ‘The futility of participation: Austerity and public reluctance to oppose it’, British Politics