Whitehall@Manchester draws together an informal group of researchers from a variety of social scientific, scientific and practitioner backgrounds, who each have internationally-renowned reputations for their contribution and research on a range of themes and issues concerned with both Whitehall and comparative Whitehall-like systems of public administration.
The creation of Whitehall@Manchester at the University of Manchester provides an ‘experts hub’ to offer what can be regarded as one of the foremost knowledge-based resources on how Whitehall and similar bureaucracies elsewhere operate from different historical, conceptual and practical perspectives.
Its activities are wide-ranging but include: research and working papers on Whitehall; evidence to Select Committees and other types of public body inquires and reports; contributions to different media outlets - written, broadcast and social, including the most read blog on the UK Civil Service and its activities – Whitehall Watch; as well as organising a series of events and collaborative research projects on Whitehall-related issues involving both academics and political practitioners. The group also offers consultancy to individuals and organisations who require specialist knowledge on subjects connected to the working practices of Whitehall or other public administration related topics.
Whitehall@Manchester is jointly led by Professors Dave Richards and Colin Talbot, both of whom have extensive experience of researching and writing on Whitehall and civil service organisations and institutions. The full team so far is: