Reader - Public Sector Management

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Peter Falconer (BA (Hons), MA, PhD) is a Reader - Public Sector Management in the Queen Margaret Business School.


  • Overview
  • Research Publications

Dr Peter Falconer is currently Reader in Public Services Management at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. Prior to joining Queen Margaret University in 2005, he worked at Strathclyde University from 1989 to 1991, as a Research Assistant in the Centre for the Study of Public Policy. In 1991, he moved to Glasgow Caledonian University, where he worked as a Lecturer in Public Administration (1991 to 1998) and as a Senior Lecturer in Public Management (1998 to 2005). From 1991 to1992, he held the post of Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, and served as Director of Glasgow Caledonian University’s part-time MBA programme from 2002-2005.

Peter has conducted a number of advisory, research and consultancy activities for a range of organisations, including the Association for Public Service Excellence, the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accounting, and the Museums and Galleries Commission. He is a co-author of Local Government Charges: Policy and Practice (Longmans, 1993) and co-editor of Managing Parliaments (IOS Press, 2001). He has contributed chapters to a number of edited books, and has published research articles in a variety of academic journals, such as Public Policy and Administration, the Journal of Cultural Economics, Policy and Politics, the Journal of Social Policy, the International Review of Administrative Sciences and the Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship. He has also conducted a number of research projects funded by awards from the Economic and Social Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation, the American Historical Association, the Museums and Galleries Commission, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.

His current research interests lie in the evolving discourses of public service reform; the funding of public services, with particular reference to user charges; and the management and funding of museums and galleries. 

Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:

  • Political Studies Association
  • Public Administration Committee, Joint University Council 


Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository