Dr Josie Kelly 

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Group

Dr Josie Kelly
Phone:+44(0)121 204 3148
Email: j.t.kelly@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW909b
  • 1997 PhD New Right Think Tanks and English Local Government Nottingham Trent
  • 1991 BA (Hons) Politics with History  Wolverhampton


  • Lecturer, Aston Business School. (2002 - Present)
  • Research Fellow, Southampton Institute. (1998 - 2002)
  • Part-time Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University. (1993 - 1998)
  • Doctoral Candidate, Nottingham Trent University. (1993 - 1997)


Currently leads the following modules:

Programme Director Management & Strategy

Programme Director for International Foundation Programme    

  • Business and government relations, including the provision of public services by for profit companies 
  • Government and social responsibility 
  • Social responsibility and sustainable development, especially in the food industry 
  • The management of public services, accountability and  governance 
  • Education for Sustainable Development and opportunities for teaching innovation  
  • Dr Kelly is interesting in supervising students who are interested in social responsibility, in general and especially in relation to the UK food industry, the Public Health Responsibility Deal and government role in promoting social responsibility. 
  • Kelly, J., Dodds, A. (2012). Public administration in an age of austerity: the future of the discipline. Public Policy and Administration, 27(3), 199-211. 
  • Kelly, J. (2012). Master and apprentice or difference and complementarity? Local government practitioners, doctoral studies and co-produced research. Local Government Studies. 
  • Hulst, R., van Montfort, A., Haveri, A., Airaksinen, J., Kelly, J. (2009). Institutional shifts in inter-municipal service delivery. Public Organization Review, 9, 263-285. 
  • Kelly, J. (2009). Making sense of the UK's obesity crisis'. European Political Science, 47-56. 
  • Kelly, J. (2007). Reforming public services in the UK: bringing in the Third Sector. Public Administration, 85(4).
  • (2007)  The Curious Absence of Inter-Municipal Cooperation in England.  Public Policy and Administration, 22 (3)
  • (2007) Reforming public services in the UK: Bringing in the Third Sector.  Public Administration 85 (4)
  • With Taylor I.H. (2006)  Professionals, discretion and public sector reform in the UK: Re-visiting Lipsky.  International Journal of Public Sector Management, 167 629-642.
  • (2006)  Central regulation of local authorities: an example of meta-governance', Public Administration 84 (3) pp 603-621.
  • (2003) The Audit Commission. Guiding, steering and regulating local government. Public Administration 81 (3) pp 459-476.
  • (2000) Labour's modernization of local government.  Public Administration 789 (3) pp 593-612.          

Work in Progress                 

  • Social Responsibility Strategies in English Local Government 
  • Ideological and expert contestation in the creation of new policy domains: The problematization of the public health implications of obesity in England.  
  • Returning Value to Shareholders and the Creation of New Public Policy Problematics. 


  • Audit Commission: Guiding, steering and regulating local governance' Economic and Social Research Council Award R000223154 1999 - 2000 
  • Regional Management: A consequence of multi-level governance and meta-governance? ESRC Research Seminar Series 2005 with Leslie Budd Open  University Business School.  

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