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Personal Chair: Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman has been made Personal Chair of Social Science & Public Policy.

Richard Freeman

He is Professor of Social Science & Public Policy in the School of Social & Political Science. He is a senior lecturer, teaching theory and method, and Director of the Graduate School. He has been appointed Co-Director of the Academy of Government from January 2015.

Professor Freeman studied modern history and modern languages at the University of Oxford and then social administration at the University of Manchester. He taught political science and social policy at the University of Dundee before joining the University of Edinburgh in 1994.

His research is concerned with 'doing politics' - with what it is that policy makers and others do when they go to work. It draws on social and public policy as well as science and technology studies in exploring public problem solving.

Professor Freeman is a former Fulbright Scholar and Jean Monnet Fellow. He has held visiting positions at the Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg, Bremen, the Institut d'√Čtudes Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris, and Yale University.

He is co-editor of Critical Policy Studies and of the series Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy. He has written and edited several books and recently co-edited, with Steve Sturdy, Knowledge in Policy: Embodied, Inscribed, Enacted (Policy Press 2014).