Richard Freeman is Professor of Social Science and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh. He teaches knowledge and practice on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in policy and politics, as well as theory and method in the Graduate School of Social and Political Science. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and Jean Monnet Fellow, and has held visiting positions at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Bremen, the Institut d’Études Politiques (‘Sciences Po’), Paris, the Institut für höhere Studien, Vienna, and Yale University, New Haven.

His research is concerned with knowing and doing in politics, that is with what policy makers, practitioners and others know and do when they go to work. It draws on public policy as well as social theory, the sociology of knowledge and science and technology studies in exploring public action. His most recent books are, with Steve Sturdy, Knowledge in Policy: embodied, inscribed, enacted (Policy Press 2014), with Jan-Peter Voß, Knowing Governance: the epistemic construction of political order (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and, with Fiona McHardy and Danny Murphy, Working for Equality: policies, politics, people (Argyll Publishing/CCWB 2017). He is a former co-editor of Critical Policy Studies and Palgrave Studies in Science, Knowledge and Policy.

Doing Politics: research, teaching and practice

 For a meeting of the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, 19 November 2018... The aim of this presentation is simply to set out a framework for studying 'doing politics', and to discuss ways of using it in teaching as well as other kinds of...

Gastprofessur in Vienna

 Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics, University of Vienna, 2018-2019, teaching courses in Making Policy, Doing Comparison and Doing Politics and Making Policy at Bachelor's and Master's levels respectively... BAK 13: Making policy, doing...

Good Vibrations

Nice citations, at least, if not ex-citations.  Like lots of us, I guess, most of what I've written appears again (if it appears at all) as a name and number, person and date inserted in someone else's argument, to be read as simple ciphers for the complex body of...

Europe in translation: governance, integration and the project form

Policy makers and commentators refer readily to ‘the European project’, as though Europe itself were a project.  But what would it mean to take this term seriously, to develop the account of European governance it seems to suggest?  This chapter begins on the ground, in the everyday understanding of the project as an organizational form…

Teaching politics after the practice turn

The ‘practice turn’ and its associated ontology, epistemology and methodology are now well established in political research. In this article, we identify and explore a corollary pedagogy. After outlining the principal components of practice theory, we compare case-...