Dr Koen Bartels
Lecturer in Management
Lecturer in Management Studies
Room 2.07, Alun
Bangor Business School
+44 (0) 1248 38 8790
- PGCertHE Professional (Higher Education Academy)
- Mphil Public Administration MPhil (Leiden University)
- BSc Public Administration BSc (Leiden University)
- PhD Politics PhD (University of Glasgow)
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.
- ASB-3501 Comparative Public Administration
- ASB-4516 Management and Innovation of Government and Non-Profit Organisations
- ASB-4415 Management Research
- ASB-4932 Foundations in Social Research
- First supervisor. Mr. Owen Powell. PhD project: Sensemaking in Worker Cooperatives
- Second supervisor. Ms. E. Woodcock. PhD project: Developing Conditions for Regional Public and Third Sector Collaboration
- Second supervisor. Ms. S. Closs-Davies (part-time). PhD project: Relational Power in the Tax Credits System.
- First supervisor Ms. Ume Farwah Zaidi MRes project: Strategic Management Practices in British Elementary Schools (completed)
I am willing to supervise a PhD
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.
- Collaborative Dynamics in Street Level Work: Working In and With Communities to Improve Relationships and Reduce DeprivationBartels, K 2017, 'Collaborative Dynamics in Street Level Work: Working In and With Communities to Improve Relationships and Reduce Deprivation' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy.
- Clarifying Collaborative Dynamics in Governance NetworksBartels, K, Stout, M & Love, J 2017, Clarifying Collaborative Dynamics in Governance Networks. in M Stout (ed.), From Austerity to Abundance? : Creative Approaches to Coordinating the Common Good. Emerald.
- Connecting: A Relational Approach to Re-rooting Communities, Public Services, and PoliticsBartels, K 2017, Connecting: A Relational Approach to Re-rooting Communities, Public Services, and Politics. in M Stout (ed.), The Future of Progressivism: Applying Follettian Thinking to Contemporary Issues. Century Process Press.
- Policy as PracticeBartels, K 2017, Policy as Practice. in R Hoppe & H Colebatch (eds), Handbook of the Policy Process. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
- Re-rootBartels, K, Re-root, 2017, Digital or Visual Products.
- The power of accounting in promoting neoliberalism within the welfare stateCloss-Davies, S, Merkl-Davies, D & Bartels, K 2017, 'The power of accounting in promoting neoliberalism within the welfare state: A critical discourse analysis of the relationship between accounting and the state within the UK tax credits system' Paper presented at Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Québec City, Canada, 3/07/17 - 5/07/17, .
- Doubt and ExcitementBartels, K & Wagenaar, H 2017, 'Doubt and Excitement: An Experiential Learning Approach to Teaching the Practice of Qualitative Research' Qualitative Research. DOI: 10.1177/1468794117713056
- Encounters with an Open MindBartels, K 2017, Encounters with an Open Mind: Relational Neighborhood Working in Amsterdam. in M Stout (ed.), From Austerity to Abundance? : Creative Approaches to Coordinating the Common Good. Emerald.
- A Relational Grounding for (Urban) GovernanceBartels, K 2017, 'A Relational Grounding for (Urban) Governance: Street-Level Practices of Responsive Improvisation and Practical Change' Public Administration Review, vol 77, no. 3, pp. 466. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12762
- The double bind of social innovationBartels, K 2017, 'The double bind of social innovation: Relational dynamics of change and resistance in neighbourhood governance' Urban Studies, pp. 1-14. DOI: 10.1177/0042098016682935
- Doing What’s NecessaryBartels, K 2016, Doing What’s Necessary: How Encounters in Practice Shape and Improve Interactive Governance. in J Edelenbos & I van Meerkerk (eds), Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance: Self-organization and Participation in Public Governance. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, pp. 352-375.
- How does the HMRC affect the financial hardship of claimants? A critical discourse analysis of power asymmetries in the UK tax credits system (Briefing Paper)Closs-Davies, S, Merkl-Davies, D & Bartels, K 2016 'How does the HMRC affect the financial hardship of claimants? A critical discourse analysis of power asymmetries in the UK tax credits system (Briefing Paper)' The Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management, University of Birmingham.
- How does the HMRC affect the financial hardship of claimants?Closs-Davies, S, Merkl-Davies, D & Bartels, K 2016, 'How does the HMRC affect the financial hardship of claimants?: A critical discourse analysis of power asymmetries in the UK tax credits system' Paper presented at BAFA (British Accounting and Finance Association) Annual Academic Conference, Bath, United Kingdom, 21/03/16 - 23/03/16, .
- Integrating process. Follettian thinking from ontology to administration.Bartels, K 2016, 'Integrating process. Follettian thinking from ontology to administration.: By Margaret Stout and Jeannine M. Love, Claremont, CA, Process Century Press, 2015, 358 pp., ISBN 978-1940447063 (paperback)' Critical Policy Studies, vol 10, no. 1, pp. 126-134. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2016.1154697
- Communicative Capacity: Public Encounters in Participatory Theory and PracticeBartels, K & Bartels, KP 2015, Communicative Capacity: Public Encounters in Participatory Theory and Practice. Policy Press.
- The Big Society: The Rhetoric and Practice of Volunteerism in the UKBartels, K, Mantovan, N & Cozzi, G 2014, The Big Society: The Rhetoric and Practice of Volunteerism in the UK. in National Service and Volunteerism: Achieving Impact in Our Communities. 2014 edn, Lexington.
- Communicative CapacityBartels, K 2014, 'Communicative Capacity: The Added Value of Public Encounters for Participatory Democracy' The American Review of Public Administration, vol 44, no. 6, 656-674. DOI: 10.1177/0275074013478152
- Symposium introduction: usable knowledge in practice. What action research has to offer to critical policy studies
- Facilitative Leadership and the Challenge of Renewing Local Democracy in ItalyBartels, K, Bussu, S & Bartels, KP 2014, 'Facilitative Leadership and the Challenge of Renewing Local Democracy in Italy' International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol 38, no. 6, pp. 2256-2273. DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12070
- “The Big Society,” Public Expenditure, and VolunteeringBartels, K, Cozzi, G & Mantovan, N 2013, '“The Big Society,” Public Expenditure, and Volunteering' Public Administration Review, vol 73, no. 2, pp. 340-351. DOI: 10.1111/puar.12012
- How to change the world without really trying
29 Apr 2017
Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course (Speaker)
- ESCR Impact Acceleration Account Knowledge Exchange Fellowship. October 2016
- ESCR Impact Acceleration Account Small Grant. October 2015
- Research grant from Municipality of Amsterdam. July 2013
- University of Glasgow Social Sciences Faculty Scholarship. April 2008
- ‘Jan van Hout’ Thesis Award for best Master thesis academic year 2008-2009. Awarded by the Institute of Public Administration, Leiden University.
- Sage Prize for best postgraduate paper at the Annual Public Administration Committee Conference. Awarded by the Editors of Public Policy and Administration.
Roles within Bangor Business School
- Convener Research Student Seminar Series
- Co-convener Qualitative Interdisciplinary Research Group
- Masters dissertation supervisor
- Undergraduate dissertation supervisor
- Personal tutor
- Co-convener ECPR Standing Group on Theoretical Perspectives on Policy Analysis.
- Editorial board member of Administrative Theory & Practice
- Peer reviewer for Oxford University Press, Edward Elgar, Emerald, Century Process Press; Urban Studies, Public Administration, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Administrative Theory & Practice, International Review of Administrative Sciences, Politics, Evidence & Policy, Local Government Studies, Voluntary Sector Review, Social Policy & Administration, Administration & Society, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, International Journal of Public Sector Management.