Lecturer in Management Studies
Room 2.07, Alun
Bangor Business School
+44 (0) 1248 38 8790
Koen Bartels joined Bangor Business School in September 2012 as Lecturer in Management Studies. He holds a BSc and MPhil in Public Administration from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and a PhD in Politics from the University of Glasgow.
His research focuses on encounters between front-line workers and communities. He has conducted grant-funded research projects involving co-production, knowledge exchange and impact generation in the UK and abroad. His research has been published in leading international journals, including Urban Studies, Environment & Planning C, Public Administration, Public Administration Review, and International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. His book 'Communicative Capacity: Public Encounters in Participatory Theory and Practice' was published by The Policy Press in 2015. His co-edited volume ‘Action Research in Policy Analysis: Critical and Relational Approaches to Sustainability Transitions’ will be published by Routledge in 2018.
Koen teaches courses in public administration and research methods at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. He is convener of the Research Student Seminar Series and the Qualitative Interdisciplinary Research Group at the Business School and is also co-convener of the ECPR Standing Group on Theoretical Perspectives on Policy Analysis and editiorial board member for Adminsitrative Theory & Praxis.
Koen has an interdisciplinary background in policy analysis and public adminsitration. His research focuses on relationships and communication between public service professionals and citizens, especially in the context of social innovation in urban governance. His PhD research developed a theory of communicative capacity to explain public encounters in participatory practice. More recently, he has conducted action research with social innovations in neighbourhood governance in Amsterdam and community organising in Liverpool. Using qualitative and interpretive methods, he collaborates with local stakeholders in understanding and improving daily practices and institutional reforms that can sustain new ways of enhancing local well-being. This grant-funded research has generated academic publications in leading journals and edited volumes as well as a range of impact activities in the UK and abroad.
This work feeds into a broader research agenda exploring the value of relational philosophy and practice theory for transforming dominant governance theories and practices. Empirically, Koen is for example exploring how social innovations can be sustained through experiential learning and transitions in neoliberal urban governance. He is also at the forefront of conceptual efforts at understanding policy as practice and promoting relational thinking in public administration and policy analysis. Finally, he is stimulating methodological innovation in learning and teaching qualitative research and in taking up critical and relational approaches to action research.