Dr Philip Catney

Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733346
Email: p.j.j.catney@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBA2.028
Role: Senior Personal Tutor
Convenor for the Centre for Environmental Action and Thought (CREATe)
Chair of University Academic Misconduct panel
Contacting me: Best via email
Philip Catney

I joined Keele University in September 2007 as Lecturer in Politics and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2013. Prior to coming to Keele, I held research associate positions in both the departments of Politics and Town and Regional Planning at the University of Sheffield.  In addition, I managed Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration: Integrated Management (SUBR:IM), a £2 million research consortium funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.  

I have also been a member of the Sustainable Development Commission’s Sustainable Development Panel. In addition, I have given invited lectures and seminars to public bodies, such as HM Treasury and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). 

Since joining Keele, I have been the lead or co-investigator on four research council-funded projects. I am also a regular commentator on politics in local, regional and national media. 

I am a co-editor of the Routledge book series 'Transforming Environmental Politics and Policy' with Professor Tim Doyle (University of Adelaide).

My research interests are principally focused on urban and environmental governance, local governance, British Politics and public policy theory. I have led and been co-investigator on various funded projects:

Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity

An ESRC-funded research centre focused on promoting sustainable prosperity within the ecological and resource constraints of a finite planet. The centre focuses not just on the economic aspects of this challenge, but also its social, political and philosophical dimensions. The centre pays particular attention to the pragmatic steps that need to be taken by enterprise, government and civil society in order to achieve a sustainable prosperity. PI: Tim Jackson (Surrey University), with various investigators from Surrey University, Anglia Ruskin University, Goldsmiths College London, University of Leeds, Middlesex University, York University (Canada), and  University of Canterbury (Christchurch, NZ) (2016-2020). I am the Keele lead for the project, working with Professor Brian Doherty on prefigurative strategies by local environmental groups.

Reducing Energy Consumption through Community Knowledge Networks

Funded through the ESRC and EPSRC Energy and Communities collaborative venture, this project compared and contrasted the energy reduction challenges in these two types of community and to see which strategies worked best in each of them. 

Regenerating Post-Industrial Medium-Sized Cities
The purpose of this ESRC seminar series was to examine the problems facing medium-sized cities: exploring the barriers inhibiting successful regeneration and the policy levers available for overcoming these. Co-investigators: Professor Chris Phillipson, Professor Graham Allan and Dr Mark Featherstone (all Keele University).

Multi-level Governance, Europeanization and Urban Politics
This project examines three policy sectors within the geographical area of Sheffield to detail the changing nature of multi-level governance at the urban level and to explore the extent to which local actors retain the capacity to coordination and negotiate discourses, policies and processes emanating from ‘higher’ levels of governance. Co-investigators: Dr Ian Bache (University of Sheffield) and Professor John Henneberry (University of Sheffield).

Selected Publications

  • Catney P and Henneberry JM. 2016. Public entrepreneurship and the politics of regeneration in multi-level governance. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-GOVERNMENT AND POLICY, vol. 34(7), 1324-1343. link> doi> full text>
  • Simcock N, Catney PJJ, MacGregor S, Dobson A, Ormerod M, Robinson Z, Hall SM, Royston SK. Factors influencing perceptions of domestic energy information: content, source and process. Energy Policy. doi>
  • Catney PJJ, Dobson ANH, Hall SM, MacGregor S, Ormerod M, Royston S, Ross S. 2013. Big Society, little justice? Community energy and the politics of localism?. Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability. doi>
  • Catney PJJ, Dobson A, Hall S, Hards S, MacGregor S, Ormerod M, Robinson Z. Community knowledge networks: An action-orientated approach to energy research. Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability. doi> link>
  • Catney P, Macgregor S, Dobson A, Hall SM, Royston S, Robinson Z, Ormerod M, Ross S. 2013. Big society, little justice? Community renewable energy and the politics of localism. Local Environment. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Dixon T, Raco M, CATNEY PJJ, Lerner DN. 2007. Sustainable brownfield regeneration: liveable places from problem spaces. Oxford: Blackwells.

Journal Articles

  • Catney P and Henneberry JM. 2016. Public entrepreneurship and the politics of regeneration in multi-level governance. ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING C-GOVERNMENT AND POLICY, vol. 34(7), 1324-1343. link> doi> full text>
  • Simcock N, Catney PJJ, MacGregor S, Dobson A, Ormerod M, Robinson Z, Hall SM, Royston SK. Factors influencing perceptions of domestic energy information: content, source and process. Energy Policy. doi>
  • Catney PJJ, Dobson ANH, Hall SM, MacGregor S, Ormerod M, Royston S, Ross S. 2013. Big Society, little justice? Community energy and the politics of localism?. Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability. doi>
  • Catney PJJ, Dobson A, Hall S, Hards S, MacGregor S, Ormerod M, Robinson Z. Community knowledge networks: An action-orientated approach to energy research. Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability. doi> link>
  • Catney P, Macgregor S, Dobson A, Hall SM, Royston S, Robinson Z, Ormerod M, Ross S. 2013. Big society, little justice? Community renewable energy and the politics of localism. Local Environment. doi>
  • Catney PJJ and Henneberry JM. 2012. (Not) Exercising Discretion: Environmental Planning and the Politics of Blame-Avoidance. Planning Theory and Practice, vol. 13(4), 549-568. doi> link>
  • Catney P and Doyle T. 2011. The welfare of now and the green (post) politics of the future. Critical Social Policy, vol. 31(2), 174-193. link> doi>
  • Eiser JR, Stafford T, Henneberry J, Catney P. 2009. "Trust me, I'm a scientist (not a developer)": perceived expertise and motives as predictors of trust in assessment of risk from contaminated land. Risk Anal, vol. 29(2), 288-297. link> doi>
  • Luo Q, Catney P, Lerner D. 2009. Risk-based management of contaminated land in the UK: lessons for China?. J Environ Manage, vol. 90(2), 1123-1134. link> doi>
  • CATNEY PJJ and Lerner DN. 2009. Managing multidisciplinarity: lessons from SUBR:IM. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, vol. 34(4). doi>
  • CATNEY PJJ. 2009. New labour and joined up urban governance. Public Policy and Administration, vol. 24(1), 47-66. doi>
  • CATNEY PJJ, Henneberry J, Lawson N, Shaw S. 2008. Deliberating the environmental risk posed by contaminated land: the importance of local context. Land contamination and reclamation, vol. 16(2), 113-124. doi>
  • Bache I and Catney P. 2008. Embryonic associationalism: New Labour and urban governance. Public Administration, vol. 86(2), 411-428. link> doi>
  • CATNEY PJJ, Dixon T, Henneberry J. 2008. Hyperactive governance in the Thames Gateway. Journal of urban regeneration and renewal, vol. 2(2), 124-145.
  • CATNEY PJJ and Meredith S. 2007. New Labour and Associative Democracy: Old Debates in New Times?. British Politics, vol. 2(3), 347–371. doi>
  • Eiser JR, Stafford T, Henneberry J, CATNEY PJJ. 2007. Risk perception and trust in the context of urban brownfields. Environmental Hazards, vol. 7(2), 150-156. doi>
  • CATNEY PJJ, Henneberry J, Meadowcroft J, Eiser R. 2006. Dealing with Contaminated Land in the UK through 'Development Managerialism'. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, vol. 8(4), 331-356. doi>

Chapters

  • Catney PJJ, Cianflone T, Wernstedt K. 2012. Revitalizing contaminated land in Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States: a comparative perspective. (1st ed.). Farnham: Ashgate. link>
  • Catney PJJ and Doyle T. 2011. Challenges to the State. In Understanding the Environment and Social Policy. Fitzpatrick T (Ed.). Policy Pr.
  • Catney PJJ, Lerner DN, Dixon T, Raco M. 2007. Is Brown the New Green?. In Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration. Dixon T, Catney PJJ, Raco M, Lerner DN (Eds.). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Catney P, Eiser JR, Henneberry J, Stafford T. 2007. Democracy, Trust and Risk Related to Contaminated Sites in the UK’. In Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration: Liveable Places from Problem Spaces. Dixon T, Raco M, Catney P, Lerner DN (Eds.).

Other

  • Catney PJJ, Cianflone T, Wernstedt K. 2008. Sustainable Urban Land Management:An International Policy and Planning Perspective.
  • Catney PJJ, Eiser JR, Henneberry J, Stafford T. 2007. Communicating Risk on Contaminated Sites: How Best to Engage with Local Residents. link>

Module Coordinator for:

  • British Politics Since 1945 (Level 1)
  • British Government and Politics (Level 2)
  • Urban Politics (Level 3)
  • Environmental Decision-Making in the UK (MSc/MA)
  • Comparative Public Management Reform (MA)

Contribute teaching to:

  • Modern Democracies (Level 1)
  • Why Policy Changes (Level 2)
  • Dimensions of Environmental Politics/ Global Environmental Change and its Political Consequences (MA/MSc)
  • Advanced Approaches to Politics and International Relations (MA)
  • Approaches to Dialogue (MA)
  • Climate Change Studies (MA)
  • British politics
  • Public policy theory
  • Urban politics
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental political economy

Prospective students interested in pursuing doctoral research in these areas are welcome to get in touch with me.

I am currently the lead supervisor for four students examining the politics of health policy, whistle-blowing legislation, ageing and community politics, and public participation in South Africa.

Further information is available about studying in SPIRE, including funding available for pursuing a doctoral research degree.