Ian is the Head of School for the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Strathclyde. His main research concern is concerned with understanding how policy gets made, whether policymakers use evidence (or something else) to make it, and how policy tries to change the public’s behaviour.
Ian has received funding from the EU, ESRC and National Institute for Health Research (amongst others) on a range of projects exploring a diverse range of issues including the evaluation of services for vulnerable children, organisational culture in healthcare, consumerism in healthcare, education and housing, and decentralisation in healthcare. He has also served on funding bodies for the Department of Health, and run a Doctoral Training Centre and research institute on health and wellbeing.
When he’s not at work, Ian spends a great deal of time negotiating the walk demands of his cocker spaniels and lifting heavy metal objects in an attempt to stave off old age.