Reader in Comparative Policy Studies
Dr Kennett is a Reader in Comparative Policy Studies and Direcotor of Research in the School for Policy Studies. She is co-ordinator of the Transnational and International Comparative Analysis Faculty Research Cluster, and was Head of the Centre for Urban and Public Policy Research from 2007-2012. Her research lies at the intersection of the interdisciplinary fields of urban and transnational studies, and social policy. Using international comparative, historical and qualitative ethnographic research the emphasis of her work has been on rescaling cities and states, and on integrating global dynamics within the micro-social relations and everyday life of the city. The criss-crossing of local and transnational dynamics, institutions and practices, their mediation through the contested politics of space, place and scale, and the contingent nature of these dynamics and processes have been explored across multiple geographies in East Asia and Europe.
Patricia has undertaken research, both nationally and internationally, including a GW4 international network grant on New paradigms of social protection: Policies, Impacts and Outcomes (with Bath and Cardiff Universities), arecently completed Economic and Social Research Council funded project on `The uneven impact of the economic crisis on cities and households', the comparative analysis of 'Governance, citizenship and social policy in East Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Taiwan' (funded by the Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong), and 'Cohesive Neighbourhoods and Connected Citizens in European Societies' (funded by the European Science Foundation). Her current research, funded by the Brigstow Institute, utilises creative intervention and exchange to explore the the nature and relevance of neighbourly connections to peoples's sense of living well in diverse social contexts.
Patricia is currently Co-Editor of the ISI ranked international Journal of Social Policy
Member of the Social Policy Association Executive Committee
Editorial Board Member of the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy
Member of the ESRC Peer Review College
Member of the European Science Foundation Pool of Reviewers
Governance, Institutions and the Global Political Economy; European Union and Social Policy; Comparative Social Policy in a Globalising World; Social Policy in East Asia; Comparative and International Social Policy.
Since joining Bristol University in 1993 I have undertaken research, both nationally and internationally, on issues relating to; Governance and public policy; the welfare state citizenship in comparative perspective; homelessness and social exclusion; housing ? including the resale of former council homes; attitudes to home ownership and the problems of negative equity; and illegal eviction in the private rented sector. Current projects include `Women and Material Assets in Britain and Japan?, funded by The Institute for Household Economy, Japan, and `Cohesive Neighbourhoods and Connected Citizens in European Societies? funded by the European Science Foundation. My current work includes research on differentiated citizenship and the politics of the post-fordist city in European societies; and economic insecurity and homeownership in cross-national perspective. I am also interested in the relationship between globalization, governance and public policy and the challenges and opportunities this presents for cross-national, comparative analysis.
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