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.

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-...

Working for Equality: policies, politics, people

Equality is a hugely important topic for most Scots and many of us want to see a more equal society. But what kind of equality do we want, and how, in practice, might we achieve it? This book…

The Work of Commissions in Scotland

This paper reports a project undertaken by the Academy of Government, in collaboration with Oxfam Scotland, on the work of commissions. Its purpose was to inform a report by Oxfam Scotland responding to the Scottish Government’s announcement, in the Fairer Scotland...