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Brian Jacobs

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Visiting Professor

Email: b dot jacobs at warwick dot ac dot uk

I hold a BA Honours Degree in Economics and Politics and an MA in Politics from the University of Leeds along with a PhD in Politics from Keele University. Following a period in UK central and local government, I conducted academic research in the EU and USA and gained extensive experience of delivering professional development and consultancy for non-profit and public organizations focusing on performance management, community engagement, value-creation and evaluation. I became Professor Emeritus in Urban Governance at Staffordshire University in 2014.

Research interests

My substantive interests are in the global and local dimensions of urban governance, urban political economy and crisis management. Specific interests include resilience in complex policy systems, the role of trade unions in local governance, community-level social movements and urban public policy. A current research project focuses on policy and urban governance in London. I have also published works covering the design and evaluation of local diverse-stakeholder public services.

Recent publications

  • Jacobs, B. (2015). Community sociology. In J. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences, 361-368. Oxford: Elsevier.

  • Jacobs, B. (2013). Contingency planning. In K. Penuel, M. Statler and R. Hagen (Eds.), Enclyclopedia of crisis management, Volume 1 (pp.153-159). New York: SAGE.
  • Jacobs, B. et al. (2012). The new challenges of mega-crises. In A. Boin, L. Comfort and B. Jacobs, (Eds.), Mega-crises: Understanding the prospects, nature, characteristics and the effects of cataclysmic events (pp. 5-11). Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas.
  • Jacobs, B. (2012), Megacities under adversity: Ideology, risk, and good urban governance. In A. Boin, L. Comfort and B. Jacobs, (Eds.), Mega-crises: Understanding the prospects, nature, characteristics and the effects of cataclysmic events (pp. 237- 259). Springfield, Ill.: Charles C. Thomas.
  • Jacobs, B.D. (2009) [1986]. Black politics and urban crisis in Britain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Jacobs, B. (2009). Developing performance management in a Local Strategic Partnership: Context and critical issues. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 22 (5), 432- 444