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Professor Morag McDermont
Professor Morag McDermont
Professor of Socio-Legal Studies
BA(Oxon), LLM(Bristol), PhD(WEngland)
Housing Law & Policy; Administrative Law; Regulation and Risk; Social Theory
Morag McDermont is Principal Investigator for two research programmes:
- Productive Margins: Regulating for Engagement is a 5-year programme which began in April 2013 and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the Connected Communities programme. It is a collaborative programme between nine community organisations in Bristol and south Wales and the Universities of Bristol and Cardiff, which aims to co-produce research about the ways in which regulatory systems can be re-designed to promote engaged decision-making in politics, policy and the arts. See www.productive-margins.ac.uk.
- New Sites of Legal Consciousness: a case study of UK advice agencies is a four year programme of research (ending April 2016) funded by the European Research Council examines the role played by advice agencies in a rapidly changing legal landscape. See www.bristol.ac.uk/law/research/centres-themes/aanslc/
Morag was appointed as a Lecturer in the School of Law in 2004. Much of her research has been shaped by 15 years’ experience working for local government, housing associations and housing co-ops. Morag returned to full-time study in 1999, completed a LL.M. in Public Law at the University of Bristol in 2001, and then a PhD at the University of the West of England. She has published two books: Regulating Social Housing: Governing Decline (Glasshouse, 2006) with Dave Cowan; and Governing, Independence and Expertise: the Business of Housing Associations (Hart, 2010), a study of the historical role played by the National Housing Federation (the representative organisation for housing associations in England) in the governance of social housing sector.
Morag's research interests are focused around issues of regulation and governing, in particular the role played by the third sector/voluntary sector. She has an interest in the role of social theory in research and teaching, particularly the work of Michel Foucault and the governmentality scholars, and the work of Callon, Latour and others around the sociology of translation. All her research now aims to be a collaboration between academics and non-academics, recognising the importance of practitioner knowledge and expertise-by-experience in designing future research directions
- Bird, CM, McDermont, MA, Morgan, BM & Alcock, RAJ 2013, Maintaining Momentum in Bristol Community Energy. Project report, June 2013. University of Bristol
- McDermont, MA, Busby, N, Sales, AJB & Rose, E 2013, Where to from here? Future research directions and collaborations. in: Morag McDermont, Nicole Busby, Adam Sales, Emily Rose (eds) Access to justice in Employment Disputes: surveying the terrain. Institute of Employment Rights, London
- McDermont, M, Bronwen, M & Cowan, D 2012, Socio-legal Studies Module: the Bristol Experience. in: Caroline Hunter (eds) Integrating Socio-Legal Studies into the Law Curriculum. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 19 - 36
- McDermont, M 2010, Governing Independence and Expertise: The Business of Housing Associations. Hart
- McDermont, M 2010, 'Commentary' to Alternative Judgment by Helen Carr and Caroline Hunter to YL v Birmingham City Council and others. in: R Hunter, C McGlynn, E Rackley (eds) Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice. Hart, pp. 311 - 317
- Clarke, J, McDermont, M & Newman, J 2010, Delivering Choice and Administering Justice: Contested Logics of Public Services. in: M Adler (eds) Administrative Justice in Context. Hart, pp. 25 - 46
- Cowan, D, Morgan, K & McDermont, M 2009, Nominations: An Actor-Network Approach. Housing Studies, vol 24., pp. 281 - 300
- Cowan, D & McDermont, M 2009, Obscuring the public function: A social housing case study. in: Colm O'Cinneide, Jane Holder (eds) Current Legal Problems 2008. OUP, pp. 159 - 190
- McDermont, M, Cowan, D & Prendergast, J 2009, Structuring Governance: A Case Study of the New Organisational Provision of Public Service Delivery. Critical Social Policy, vol 29., pp. 677 - 702
- McDermont, M 2007, Mixed Messages: Housing Associations and Corporate Governance. Social and Legal Studies, vol 16 (1)., pp. 71 - 94
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