Biography

John’s research focuses, broadly, on the relationship between evidence and public policy-making, and more specifically on policy analysis tools, construction and deployment of scientific evidence, post-normal science, and the boundary work of different policy actors.  He takes a multi-disciplinary approach to studying the politics of policy-making, and is particularly interested in environment, sustainable development and climate change-related policy.

Career History

  • 2012 to date: Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Management, School of Political, Social & International Studies, University of East Anglia
  • 2000 – 2012: Senior Research Associate, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research/ Science, Society and Sustainability Research Group, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • 1998 - 1999: Research Associate, School of the Built Environment, University of Nottingham

Academic Background

  • 1998 - 2000: MA Social Policy, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham
  • 1994 - 1997: PhD Environmental Physics, School of Biological Sciences, University of Nottingham
  • 1991 - 1994: BSc (Hons) in Meteorology, with subsidiary Physics and Applied Maths, University of Reading

All Publications

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Russel, D., Jordan, A., Turnpenny, J.

(2016)

The use of ecosystem services knowledge in policy-making: drawing lessons and adjusting expectations

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Turnpenny, J., Russel, D., Jordan, A., Bond, A., Sheate, W.

(2016)

Environment

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Jordan, A. J. (ed.), Turnpenny, J. (ed.)

(2015)

The Tools of Policy Formulation: Actors, Capacities, Venues and Effects

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Geneletti, D., Bond, A., Russel, D., Turnpenny, J., Sheate, W., Jordan, A.

(2015)

Ecosystem services and sustainability assessment: theory and practice

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Turnpenny, J., Jordan, A., Benson, D., Rayner, T.

(2015)

The tools of policy formulation: an introduction

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Turnpenny, J., Jordan, A., Adelle, C., Bartke, S., Bournaris, T., Kautto, P., Kuittinen, H., Ege Larsen, L., Moulogianni, C., Saarela, S., Weiland, S.

(2015)

The use of policy formulation tools in the venue of policy appraisal: patterns and underlying motivations

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Jordan, A., Turnpenny, J., Rayner, T.

(2015)

The tools of policy formulation: new perspectives and new challenges

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Turnpenny, J., Russel, D., Jordan, A.

(2014)

The challenge of embedding an ecosystems approach: patterns of knowledge utilisation in public policy appraisal

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Albon, S., Turner, K., Watson, R., Russel, D., Turnpenny, J., Jordan, A., Bond, A., Sheate, W., Adelle, C.

(2014)

UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on: Key findings: Embedding the Ecosystem Services Framework into appraisal

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Russel, D., Turnpenny, J., Jordan, A., Bond, A., Sheate, W., Adelle, C.

(2014)

Work Package Report 9: Embedding an Ecosystem Services Framework in appraisal: Key barriers and enablers.

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Russel, D., Turnpenny, J., Rayner, T.

(2013)

Reining in the executive? Delegation, evidence, and parliamentary influence on environmental public policy

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Turnpenny, J., Russel, D., Rayner, T.

(2013)

The complexity of evidence for sustainable development policy: Analysing the boundary work of the UK parliamentary environmental audit committee

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Podhora, A., Helming, K., Adenäuer, L., Heckelei, T., Kautto, P., Reidsma, P., Rennings, K., Turnpenny, J., Jansen, J.

(2013)

The policy-relevancy of impact assessment tools: Evaluating nine years of European research funding

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Weiland, S., Weiss, V., Turnpenny, J.

(2013)

Introduction: Science in Policy Making

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Adelle, C., Jordan, A., Turnpenny, J.

(2012)

Proceeding in parallel or drifting apart? A systematic review of policy appraisal research and practices

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Green-Pedersen, C., Christiansen, F., Euchner, E., Jensen, C., Turnpenny, J.

(2012)

Dismantling by default? The indexation of social benefits in four countries

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Jordan, A., Green Pedersen, C., Turnpenny, J.

(2012)

Policy Dismantling - an Introduction

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Jordan, A., Turnpenny, J.

(2012)

From dismantling by default to symbolic dismantling? Water policy in the United Kingdom

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Jordan, A., Turnpenny, J., Adelle, C.

(2012)

Sustainability in Impact Assessments: A Review of Impact Assessment Systems in Selected OECD Countries and the European Commission

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Turnpenny, J.

(2012)

Lessons from post-normal science for climate science-sceptic debates

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Key Research Interests

Policy appraisal; use of knowledge in policymaking; use of sustainability impact assessment tools; climate change and society; scenario creation and futures communication; post-normal science and policy; the politics of ‘valuing nature’; knowledge brokerage; use of analytical tools in policy venues

Current and recent research projects include:

  • Analysis of the barriers and enablers to embedding consideration of ecosystem services in policy-making [UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on phase, 2012-13; BRIDGE (Bridging the gap between supply and demand for valuation evidence) NERC project, 2011-12]
  • See a short briefing note based on this research: 'Embedding the value of the natural environment in decision-making- overcoming barriers and encouraging enablers', co-authored with Duncan Russel (University of Exeter), Kerry Waylen and Kirsty Blackstock (James Hutton Institute)
  • Analysis of policy appraisal systems in different use contexts; the role of analytical tools in policy formulation venues; the politics of knowledge brokerage in practice [Linking Impact Assessment Instruments to Sustainability Expertise (LIAISE) FP7 project, 2009-14]
  • Investigating how the UK House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee shapes the boundaries between evidence and policy, and within government itself [Nuffield Foundation Social Science Small Grant, 2009-10]
  • Exploring historical patterns of policy dismantling to investigate how conflicts and trade-offs between economic, social and environmental objectives are addressed [CONSENSUS FP& project, 2008-11]
  • Analysing use of policy assessment tools in day-to-day policymaking; identifying capacities and constraints on the selection and use of such tools [MATISSE (Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment) FP6 project, 2005-2008]

 

Teaching Interests

John teaches public policy and public management generally, with a particular interest in environment and sustainable development policy, and the use of science and analysis in policy formulation.  

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Postgraduate Research, School of Political, Social and International Studies