Dr. Peter Mark Eckersley

Peter Eckersley joined IRS as a research associate in September 2019 to work part-time on the project "Urban Resilience vis-a-vis Extreme Weather Events - Typology and Transfer (ExTrass)". He is also an Editor of Local Government Studies and works part-time as a Senior Research Fellow at Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

Previously, Peter was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, where he worked on a project that examined the implications of Brexit on environmental protection policy in the UK. This followed on from a post as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Environment Department at the University of York, where he analysed the impact of the financial crisis and austerity on environmental policy across different tiers of governance in Europe. Before that, he was a Research Associate at Newcastle University Business School, where he conducted research into local governance, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

His PhD in Political Science from Newcastle University highlighted how contrasting intergovernmental systems in England and Germany led one city in each country to adopt very different approaches to climate protection.

Before entering academia he worked for the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy for ten years in various research and consultancy roles that involved advising municipal governments on recommended policy and management approaches.

Research Interest and Expertise

Research Foci
Climate Research
Governance Research
Policy Analysis
Urban Research
Disciplines
Political Science
Urban Studies
Administrative Science
Foci in Methods and Concepts
Case Study Design
Content Analysis
Document Analysis
Expert Interviews

Projects

Ongoing Third-party Funded Projects

ExTrass seeks to better prepare medium-sized and large cities in Germany for heavy rainfall and heat. To this end, restraining and enabling factors of urban climate adaptation are analysed and successfull measures are identified. A large part of the project work is undertaken in three case study cities: Potsdam, Remscheid and Würzburg. Here, among other things, the project team tests greening measures, works towards climate-sensitive urban planning, contributes data on city climate, educates the population on risks and improves contingency plans. In addition, opportunities for exchange are created so that cities can better learn from each other. more info

Selected Publications by Year

2019
Lakoma, K., & Eckersley, P. (2019). Narratives and evidence in public service reform: Explaining changes to the governance of English fire and rescue services . Paper presented at Public Administration Committee annual conference, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Heidrich, O., & Reckien, D. (2019). Policy Instruments in German and English cities' climate planning. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Wroclaw, Poland.
Eckersley, P., Harrison, O., & Poberezhskaya, M. (2019). Understanding urban governance through air pollution policy instruments. Paper presented at Public Administration Committee annual conference, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Flynn, A., & Ferry, L. (2019). Supplier selection and the politics of procurement in English local government. Paper presented at Public Administration Committee annual conference, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., & Lakoma, K. (2019). Multiple streams and the construction of policy problems: Explaining reforms to the governance of fire and rescue services in England. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Wroclaw, Poland.
Eckersley, P., & Lakoma, K. (2019). Narratives and evidence in reforms to fire and rescue services in England. Paper presented at Political Studies Association annual conference
, Nottingham , United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Flynn, A., & Ferry, L. (2019). Austerity, political control and local government contracting. Paper presented at Political Studies Association annual conference
, Nottingham , United Kingdom.
Burns, C., Eckersley, P., & Tobin, P. (2019). Policy dismantling in a multilevel context: the case of environmental protection in the EU. Paper presented at Political Studies Association annual conference
, Nottingham , United Kingdom.
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2019). Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the UK public sector: Act four: risk management arrangements. Public Money and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2019.1598199
Eckersley, P., & Tobin, P. (2019). The impact of austerity on policy capacity in local government. Policy & Politics, 47(3), 455-472.
Burns, C., Eckersley, P., & Tobin, P. (2019). EU environmental policy in times of crisis. Journal of European Public Policy, 27(1), 1-19.
Eckersley, P., & Ferry, L. (2019). Public service outsourcing: The implications of ‘known unknowns’ and ‘unknown unknowns’ for accountability and policy-making. Public Money and Management, 40(1), 72-80. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2019.1660096
2018
Eckersley, P. (2018). Designing the 'new municipalism': The role of endogenous and exogenous actors in choosing local service delivery models. Paper presented at Public Administration Committee annual conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Tobin, P., & Burns, C. (2018). Fiscal retrenchment and environmental protection: Towards a more holistic understanding of policy dismantling. Paper presented at UACES annual conference, Bath, United Kingdom.
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2018). Hybridizing the institutional logics of performance improvement and budgetary stewardship in English and Welsh local government. Public Policy and Administration, 35(1), 45-64. DOI: 10.1177/0952076718781433
Eckersley, P. (2018). Book review: Local government in England: Centralisation, autonomy and control. Local Government Studies, 44(2), 297-298. DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2018.1429071, 10.1080/03003930.2018.1429071
Eckersley, P., England, K., & Ferry, L. (2018). Sustainable development in cities: collaborating to improve urban climate resilience and develop the business case for adaptation. Public Money and Management, 38(5), 335-344.
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2018). Debate: Brexit and local government in England - the challenges ahead. Public Money and Management, 38(3), 163-166.
Eckersley, P. (2018). Power and Capacity in Urban Climate Governance: Germany and England Compared. Peter Lang.
2017
Eckersley, P., Tobin, P., & Burns, C. (2017). Running out of steam or cutting 'green' tape? Weakening EU environmental policy in the context of austerity. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Oslo, Norway.
Eckersley, P. (2017). Who Shapes Local Climate Policy? Unpicking Governance Arrangements in German and English cities. Environmental Politics, 27(1). DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1380963
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2017). Budgetary stewardship, innovation and working culture: Identifying the Missing Ingredient in English and Welsh Local Authorities’ Recipes for Austerity Management. Financial Accountability and Management, 33(2). DOI: 10.1111/faam.12117
Eckersley, P. (2017). Book review: The urban climate challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Challenge. Environmental Politics, 26(6), 1160-1162. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1365418
Eckersley, P. (2017). Accountable to whom? Data transparency, depoliticisation and the myth of the market in English local government. In B. Cuadrado-Ballesteros, & I. M. García-Sánchez (Eds.), Local governments in the digital era: Looking for accountability New York.
2016
Eckersley, P. (2016). Power and capacity in local climate governance: Comparing English and German municipalities. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
Eckersley, P. (2016). Cities and climate change: How historical legacies shape policy-making in English and German municipalities. Politics, 37(2). DOI: 10.1177/0263395716670412
Eckersley, P. (2016). A new framework for understanding subnational policy-making and local choice. Policy Studies, 38(1), 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2016.1188910
Murphy, P., Eckersley, P., & Ferry, L. (2016). Accountability and transparency: Police forces in England and Wales. Public Policy and Administration, 32(3). DOI: 10.1177/0952076716671033
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2016). Freedom, power and capacity: Analysing the Fallout from the UK’s ‘Brexit’ Referendum. Public Money and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1249218
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2016). Debate: Climate change and 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris: Addressing the Ultimate Wicked Issue. Public Money and Management, 36(4), 241-242. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1163021
2015
Eckersley, P. (2015). Civic pride and political expediency: The enduring founding principles for local government in Germany and England. Paper presented at UK Political Studies Association annual conference, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Ferry, L., Eckersley, P., & Zakaria, Z. (2015). Accountability and Transparency in English Local Government: Moving from 'matching parts' to 'awkward couple'? Financial Accountability and Management, 31(3), 345-361. DOI: doi.org/10.1111/faam.12060, 10.1111/faam.12060
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2015). Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the UK public sector: Act Three - Accountability and Audit Arrangements. Public Money and Management, 35(3), 203-210. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2015.1027496
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2015). Accountability and Transparency: A nuanced response to Etzioni. Public Administration Review, 75(1), 11-12. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12303
Ferry, L., Eckersley, P., & van Dooren, W. (2015). Local taxation and spending as a share of GDP in large Western European countries. Environment and Planning A, 47(9), 1779-1780. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X15595891
2014
Eckersley, P. (2014). Hierarchy and compromise in English and German municipal development projects. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Ferry, L., & Zakaria, Z. (2014). A 'panoptical' or 'synoptical' approach to monitoring performance? Local public services in England and the widening accountability gap. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 25(6), 529-538. DOI: 10.1016/j.cpa.2013.03.003
Ferry, L., Zakaria, Z., & Eckersley, P. (2014). The role of budget speech: A Malaysian government study. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 27(7), 564-580. DOI: 10.1108/IJPSM-01-2014-0010
Eckersley, P., & Timm-Arnold, P. (2014). Directly-elected mayors and the austerity agenda: Lessons from the German experience. Public Money and Management, 34(5), 347-354. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2014.945803
2012
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2012). Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the uk public sector: Act 2 - the annual budget. Public Money and Management, 32(2), 119-126. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2012.656017
2003
Curthoys, N., Eckersley, P., & Jackson, P. (2003). e-Government. In Routledge eBusiness Informa UK Limited.
Jackson, P., Harris, L., & Eckersley, P. (2003). e-Business Fundamentals: Managing Organizations in the Electronic Age. Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9780203402467
Eckersley, P., & Jackson, P. (2003). Organizations in the Electronic Age. In eBusiness Fundamentals Informa UK Limited.

Selected Publications by Type

Monograph
Eckersley, P. (2018). Power and Capacity in Urban Climate Governance: Germany and England Compared. Peter Lang.
Journal Article
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2019). Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the UK public sector: Act four: risk management arrangements. Public Money and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2019.1598199
Eckersley, P., & Tobin, P. (2019). The impact of austerity on policy capacity in local government. Policy & Politics, 47(3), 455-472.
Burns, C., Eckersley, P., & Tobin, P. (2019). EU environmental policy in times of crisis. Journal of European Public Policy, 27(1), 1-19.
Eckersley, P., & Ferry, L. (2019). Public service outsourcing: The implications of ‘known unknowns’ and ‘unknown unknowns’ for accountability and policy-making. Public Money and Management, 40(1), 72-80. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2019.1660096
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2018). Hybridizing the institutional logics of performance improvement and budgetary stewardship in English and Welsh local government. Public Policy and Administration, 35(1), 45-64. DOI: 10.1177/0952076718781433
Eckersley, P., England, K., & Ferry, L. (2018). Sustainable development in cities: collaborating to improve urban climate resilience and develop the business case for adaptation. Public Money and Management, 38(5), 335-344.
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2018). Debate: Brexit and local government in England - the challenges ahead. Public Money and Management, 38(3), 163-166.
Eckersley, P. (2017). Who Shapes Local Climate Policy? Unpicking Governance Arrangements in German and English cities. Environmental Politics, 27(1). DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1380963
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2017). Budgetary stewardship, innovation and working culture: Identifying the Missing Ingredient in English and Welsh Local Authorities’ Recipes for Austerity Management. Financial Accountability and Management, 33(2). DOI: 10.1111/faam.12117
Eckersley, P. (2016). Cities and climate change: How historical legacies shape policy-making in English and German municipalities. Politics, 37(2). DOI: 10.1177/0263395716670412
Eckersley, P. (2016). A new framework for understanding subnational policy-making and local choice. Policy Studies, 38(1), 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/01442872.2016.1188910
Murphy, P., Eckersley, P., & Ferry, L. (2016). Accountability and transparency: Police forces in England and Wales. Public Policy and Administration, 32(3). DOI: 10.1177/0952076716671033
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2016). Freedom, power and capacity: Analysing the Fallout from the UK’s ‘Brexit’ Referendum. Public Money and Management. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1249218
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2016). Debate: Climate change and 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris: Addressing the Ultimate Wicked Issue. Public Money and Management, 36(4), 241-242. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2016.1163021
Ferry, L., Eckersley, P., & Zakaria, Z. (2015). Accountability and Transparency in English Local Government: Moving from 'matching parts' to 'awkward couple'? Financial Accountability and Management, 31(3), 345-361. DOI: doi.org/10.1111/faam.12060, 10.1111/faam.12060
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2015). Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the UK public sector: Act Three - Accountability and Audit Arrangements. Public Money and Management, 35(3), 203-210. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2015.1027496
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2015). Accountability and Transparency: A nuanced response to Etzioni. Public Administration Review, 75(1), 11-12. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12303
Ferry, L., Eckersley, P., & van Dooren, W. (2015). Local taxation and spending as a share of GDP in large Western European countries. Environment and Planning A, 47(9), 1779-1780. DOI: 10.1177/0308518X15595891
Eckersley, P., Ferry, L., & Zakaria, Z. (2014). A 'panoptical' or 'synoptical' approach to monitoring performance? Local public services in England and the widening accountability gap. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 25(6), 529-538. DOI: 10.1016/j.cpa.2013.03.003
Ferry, L., Zakaria, Z., & Eckersley, P. (2014). The role of budget speech: A Malaysian government study. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 27(7), 564-580. DOI: 10.1108/IJPSM-01-2014-0010
Eckersley, P., & Timm-Arnold, P. (2014). Directly-elected mayors and the austerity agenda: Lessons from the German experience. Public Money and Management, 34(5), 347-354. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2014.945803
Ferry, L., & Eckersley, P. (2012). Budgeting and governing for deficit reduction in the uk public sector: Act 2 - the annual budget. Public Money and Management, 32(2), 119-126. DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2012.656017
Contribution to Anthology
Eckersley, P. (2017). Accountable to whom? Data transparency, depoliticisation and the myth of the market in English local government. In B. Cuadrado-Ballesteros, & I. M. García-Sánchez (Eds.), Local governments in the digital era: Looking for accountability New York.
Conference Paper
Lakoma, K., & Eckersley, P. (2019). Narratives and evidence in public service reform: Explaining changes to the governance of English fire and rescue services . Paper presented at Public Administration Committee annual conference, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Heidrich, O., & Reckien, D. (2019). Policy Instruments in German and English cities' climate planning. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Wroclaw, Poland.
Eckersley, P., Harrison, O., & Poberezhskaya, M. (2019). Understanding urban governance through air pollution policy instruments. Paper presented at Public Administration Committee annual conference, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Flynn, A., & Ferry, L. (2019). Supplier selection and the politics of procurement in English local government. Paper presented at Public Administration Committee annual conference, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., & Lakoma, K. (2019). Multiple streams and the construction of policy problems: Explaining reforms to the governance of fire and rescue services in England. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Wroclaw, Poland.
Eckersley, P., & Lakoma, K. (2019). Narratives and evidence in reforms to fire and rescue services in England. Paper presented at Political Studies Association annual conference
, Nottingham , United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Flynn, A., & Ferry, L. (2019). Austerity, political control and local government contracting. Paper presented at Political Studies Association annual conference
, Nottingham , United Kingdom.
Burns, C., Eckersley, P., & Tobin, P. (2019). Policy dismantling in a multilevel context: the case of environmental protection in the EU. Paper presented at Political Studies Association annual conference
, Nottingham , United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P. (2018). Designing the 'new municipalism': The role of endogenous and exogenous actors in choosing local service delivery models. Paper presented at Public Administration Committee annual conference, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Tobin, P., & Burns, C. (2018). Fiscal retrenchment and environmental protection: Towards a more holistic understanding of policy dismantling. Paper presented at UACES annual conference, Bath, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P., Tobin, P., & Burns, C. (2017). Running out of steam or cutting 'green' tape? Weakening EU environmental policy in the context of austerity. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Oslo, Norway.
Eckersley, P. (2016). Power and capacity in local climate governance: Comparing English and German municipalities. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Prague, Czech Republic.
Eckersley, P. (2015). Civic pride and political expediency: The enduring founding principles for local government in Germany and England. Paper presented at UK Political Studies Association annual conference, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Eckersley, P. (2014). Hierarchy and compromise in English and German municipal development projects. Paper presented at ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Other Book
Jackson, P., Harris, L., & Eckersley, P. (2003). e-Business Fundamentals: Managing Organizations in the Electronic Age. Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9780203402467
Other Contribution to Book
Curthoys, N., Eckersley, P., & Jackson, P. (2003). e-Government. In Routledge eBusiness Informa UK Limited.
Eckersley, P., & Jackson, P. (2003). Organizations in the Electronic Age. In eBusiness Fundamentals Informa UK Limited.
Review in Journal
Eckersley, P. (2018). Book review: Local government in England: Centralisation, autonomy and control. Local Government Studies, 44(2), 297-298. DOI: 10.1080/03003930.2018.1429071, 10.1080/03003930.2018.1429071
Eckersley, P. (2017). Book review: The urban climate challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Challenge. Environmental Politics, 26(6), 1160-1162. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2017.1365418

Talks

2019
Is Localism B******s?

May/01/2019

Power and capacity in urban climate governance

May/01/2019

2016
Capacity, co-ordination and power in local climate policy-making: comparing English and German municipalities

December/01/2016