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Richard Freeman

Richard Freeman
Professor Richard Freeman
Professor of Social Science and Public Policy
2.03 21 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 4680
Research Interests
Public policy, Social Policy, governance, Knowledge, practice

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  • on research leave January-June 2019

Richard Freeman teaches theory and method in the Graduate School, as well as courses in politics, policy and practice.  He is currently Guest Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, and was recently Visiting Professor at the Institute for Higher Studies, Vienna (2013).  He has been a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre, European University Institute, Florence (1999), a Fulbright New Century Scholar (2002), Research Fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, Bremen (2005-2010), Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University (2007-2010) and Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques ('Sciences Po'), Paris (2008-2009).

For more information on his current research and related activity, including papers, publications and postgraduate supervision, click here.

Topics interested in supervising

I'd be glad to work with any student wanting to think critically and imaginatively about politics, policy and governance. I've recently supervised postgrads and postdocs writing about agency, emotion, engagement, gender, knowledge, identity, mobility, migration, mapping, participation and practice, and in contexts ranging from the Department of Health, the European Commission, the UN, the Labour Party, community development, primary health care, education, social services and workers' hostels. My own research and teaching is concerned with what people do when they do politics, with its modes of action and all the work it entails. More at

If you are interested in being supervised by Richard Freeman, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; PhD in Social Policy; PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Politics; MSc (R) Social Policy; MSc (R) Sociology