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Dr. K. Purdam is an in expert research methods and in public consultation with a specific focus on civic society, citizen involvement and policy making. He has successfully completed a range of national research projects across challenging social policy areas working both in the public and private sector. He has held a number of senior roles including: Director of Postgraduate Teaching, Short Course Programme Director and Director of Academic Staff Training.

He has successfully completed and published consultancy and research on behalf of: the Electoral Commission, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Home Office, the Department for Trade and Industry, the Department for Work and Pensions, the National Assembly for Wales, the European Union, the International Labour Organisation and numerous local authorities and charities (Big Issue, Crisis, Practical Action). He has also conducted research with high profile private sector organisations. His research has been featured on the BBC and ITV News and in the national and local press. He has also completed General Election political research and commentary for ITN and IRN. His work is widely published in leading journals including: Current SociologyEuropean Sociological Review, European Societies, Environment and Planning, Policy Studies, Local Government Studies, Journal of Civil Society, Radical Statistics, Political Geography, Sociology and The British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

Dr. K. Purdam's research has been presented at, and published by, a number of government Select Committee enquiries. His research was part of two REF Impact Case Studies and he has received a social responsibility commendation from the University of Manchester. An impact film has been made of his research. He has written a number of policy blogs - http://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/author/kingsley-purdam/

Dr. K. Purdam is also a cartoonist and his work is regularly published in a number of leading current affairs publications.

Research interests

K. Purdam is an expert in public consultation including public policy making and consultation methods. He is a member of the Changing Peoples Behaviour research network, the Confidentiality and Privacy Research Group (CAPRI) and the democracy research group – (DCERN).

Research Interests:

Public consultation and governance

Equality and human rights

Elections and political mobilisations

Privacy and identity

Research methods

Further information

Dr. K. Purdam's research has been featured on the BBC News and in the national and local press. He has completed political research and commentary for ITN and IRN. His research has been presented at, and published by, a number of Select Committee enquiries. He is an ESRC funding programme assessor and a reviewer for a number of leading journals. Dr. K. Purdam has held a number of senior posts within the University inclduing: Director of Academic Staff Training, Director of the SRMS MSc and Director of the CCSR short course programme. Dr. K. Purdam teaches a number of one-day courses for practitioners and policy makers. He utllises task-based learning pedagogies in his teaching and has written about such approaches for learning.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Cathie Marsh Institute
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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