Roddy Ferguson (MBA, MPhil, BSc.) is a Lecturer in the Dietetics, Nutrition & Biological Sciences, Physiotherapy, Podiatry & Radiography Division.

  • Overview
  • Research Interests
  • Teaching & Learning

I have a varied academic history starting with a BSc in Physics from the University of St Andrews followed by an MPhil in Community Education and Youth Work from the University of Strathclyde and then a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh. For the past three years I have been researching my PhD at Glasgow Caledonian University. My teaching experience includes subjects such as public policy management, social inclusion, community development, and politics.

My career history is similarly eclectic and includes experience of working in public, private and voluntary sectors. Initially, I gained practical experience of community development as an education officer for a charity in North Lanarkshire. Subsequently, I worked for the national community development agency facilitating cross-sector research and training programmes covering areas such as community safety, health, and homelessness. I have extensive management consultancy experience, firstly as a senior consultant at Rocket Science UK Ltd. and then as founding director of Fortuno Consulting Limited where I provided performance evaluations, strategic reviews and management support to public and voluntary organisations. I also spent four years as a project manager for Audit Scotland undertaking performance audits of Health and Social Care and reporting to the Scottish Parliament.

My PhD research examines the discord between the aspirational rhetoric of joined-up working and the practical difficulties experienced by those attempting to gain value through collaborating in partnerships. It involves a thematic meta-synthesis of partnership evaluations commissioned by the Scottish Government, Communities Scotland, or Audit Scotland in the period 1999-2016. The research challenges the current orthodoxy by rejecting the assumption that partnerships are necessarily collaborative. It develops a new partnership value framework through which the competitive and collaborative interests of communities, services and government can be better understood and shaped. Building on the aspirational rhetoric of social innovation, my research proposes a normative approach to partnership planning, a prescriptive approach to negotiating partnership practice, and a descriptive approach to partnership evaluation.

Active Research Interests:

  • Partnership working
  • Negotiation
  • Social innovation
  • Governance
  • Performance evaluation
  • Community development
  • Public policy

Research Methods:

  • Thematic analysis
  • Meta-synthesis
  • Case study analysis
  • Theory building
  • Surveys
  • Interviews
  • Focus groups

I teach on the Physical Activity Health and Wellbeing programme with responsibility for Community Development input. Roddy's lectures and seminars focus on Health & Society, Determinants of Health, Public Health Practice, Health Promotion and Education and Health Entrepreneurship, amongst other topics.