Ewan Ferlie

Ewan Ferlie


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Research interests

My research lies in the area of organisational change in the public services, especially in professionalized settings such as health care and universities. I am interested in New Public Management and post NPM narratives of public policy reforming and the changing roles of professionals and managers, including clinical/managerial hybrids. I have also worked on the implementation of Evidence Based Medicine. I have recently completed a big study of health care networks and am currently working on the nature of management knowledge and knowledge mobilisation processes in health care in two projects funding by NIHR SDO. I have also published on the ‘Business School Business’ and have an interest in alternative organisational forms in the Business School field.

Research interests (short)

Organisational studies; public services management; healthcare; universities, organisational change; professionals.

Biographical details

Ewan Ferlie studied for a BA in Modern History (first class) and MSc in Social Research and Social Policy at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He then obtained a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He has held research jobs at the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent and then at the Centre for Corporate Strategy and Change at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. He was a Professor of Public Services Management at Imperial College Management School (1997-2003) where he was also founding director of the Centre for Public Services Organisations and School Director of Research. Between 2003 and 2008, he was Professor of Public Services Management and Head of the School of Management at Royal Holloway, University of London. He joined King’s College London in October 2008 as Professor of Public Services Management and Head of the Department of Management until 2011. In 2008, he was elected as an Academician of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences (AcSS).

Professor Ferlie was  appointed to the national commissioning board of the national Institute of Health Research (Service Delivery and Organisation; then the Health Services and Research Delivery Programme) for a period of six years, 2009-2015. The programmes aimed to generate and promote the use of research evidence about improving services to increase the quality of care, ensure better patient outcomes for patients and contribute to population health.


He is chair of the Society for the Study of Organizing in Health care (SHOC), a learned society affiliated to the UK Academy of Social Sciences. He  is chair of the peer reviewed journal 'Evidence and Policy.'

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

phd in social policy , University of Kent


Award Date: 1 Jul 1986

Master in Science, social research and social policy , University of Oxford


Award Date: 1 Jul 1979

Bachelor of Arts, modern histoty, University of Oxford


Award Date: 1 Jul 1977


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