Portrait of Professor Brendan Evans Professor Brendan Evans

b.j.evans@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473626


Brendan completed a BA, an MA and a PhD at the University of Manchester where he also taught until 1969 and launched Politics as an independent subject in 1974. Formerly Head of Politics and Dean of School, Brendan was appointed as the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 1997. He then became Pro-Vice Chancellor on a part-time basis until November 2007, when he was appointed Emeritus Professor. He continues to be an active researcher and has published further articles in the areas of urban regeneration in Britain and the USA. Currently, he is also writing a biography of former government minister J.P.W. Mallalieu and a jointly authored book with Dr Georgina Blakeley on Politics of urban regeneration.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Brendan is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.

Research interests

Research interests focus on political ideas and their impact on policy making in British and American Politics.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Blakeley, G. and Evans, B. (2013) The Regeneration of East Manchester: A Political Analysis . Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719084409


Blakeley, G. and Evans, B. (2010) ‘Citizen Participation in East Manchester: From Practice to TheoryRepresentation , 46 (3), pp. 325-338. ISSN 0034-4893


Blakeley, G. and Evans, B. (2009) ‘Who Participates, How and Why in Urban Regeneration Projects? The Case of the New ‘City’ of East ManchesterSocial Policy and Administration , 43 (1), pp. 15-32. ISSN 0144-5596


Evans, B (2008) ‘The Ideology of the Far Right’. In: The Far Right in Europe: An Encyclopedia. : Greenwood Press. . ISBN 9781846450037

Blakeley, G. and Evans, B. (2008) ‘`It's like Maintaining a Hedge': Constraints on Citizen Engagement in Community Regeneration in East ManchesterPublic Policy and Administration , 23 (1), pp. 100-113. ISSN 09520767


Evans, B (2007) ‘The politics of partnership: urban regeneration in east ManchesterPublic Policy and Administration , 22 (2), pp. 201-215. ISSN 0952-0767

Evans, B., Laybourn, K., Lancaster, J. and Haigh, B. (2007) Sons and daughters of labour: a history and recollection of the Labour Party within the historic boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. ISBN 186218058X

Evans, B (2007) ‘Labour and the West Riding of Yorkshire: 1945-2006, the Heartland challenged’. In: Sons and daughters of labour: a history and recollection of the Labour Party within the historic boundaries of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 53-84. ISBN 186218058X


Evans, B (2005) ‘Equality’. In: Marx and other four letter words. : Pluto Press. . ISBN 9780745322520


Evans, B (2002) ‘Thatcherism and the British people’. In: Mass conservatism: the Conservatives and the public since the 1880s. : Routledge. pp. 218-242. ISBN 978-0-7146-5223-8

Evans, B (2002) ‘Thatcherism and Mass Democracy: The Strange Case of Basildon’. In: Mass Conservatism: the Conservatives and the Public since the 1880s. London: Frank Cass. pp. 218-241. ISBN 0714652237

Evans, B (2002) ‘The third way’. In: Contemporary political concepts: a critical introduction. London: Pluto Press. pp. 145-161. ISBN 9780745317960


Evans, B (2000) Thatcherism and British politics, 1975-1999 . Stroud, UK: Sutton. ISBN 9780750915731


Evans, B (1997) ‘Employment Policy’. In: Contemporary Britain: An Annual Review 1996. : Ashgate. . ISBN 9781855219007


Evans, B (1996) ‘Employment Policy’. In: Contemporary Britain: An Annual Review 1995. : Ashgate. . ISBN 9781855216457

Evans, B (1996) From Salisbury to Major: continuity and change in Conservative politics . Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719042909


Evans, B. and Taylor, A. (1994) ‘The Rise of the Intermediate level Institution in British Public Administration: the case of the Arts and TrainingPublic Administration , 72 (4), pp. 551-572. ISSN 0033-3298


Evans, B (1993) ‘Employment Policy’. In: Contemporary Britain: An Annual Review 1993. : Ashgate. .


Evans, B (1992) The Politics Of the Training Market: From Manpower Services Commission to Training and Enterprise Councils . : Routledge. ISBN 9780415000161

Evans, B (1992) ‘Employment Policy’. In: Contemporary Britain: An Annual Review 1992. : Ashgate. .


Evans, B (1991) ‘Employment Policy’. In: Contemporary Britain: An Annual Review 1991. : Ashgate. .


Evans, B (1990) The Ideological Basis of British Politics in the 1990's . Huddersfield Pamphlets in History & Politics. : University of Huddersfield. ISBN 9780905434292


Evans, B (1987) Radical adult education: a political critique . Radical forum on adult education series. : Croom Helm. ISBN 9780709909422


Evans, B. and Taylor, A. (1984) ‘The Rise and Fall of Two-Party Electoral Co-operationPolitical Studies , 32 (2), pp. 257-272. ISSN 0032-3217

Evans, B (1984) ‘Ideology’. In: Updating British Politics. : Hansard Society. .


Evans, B (1982) ‘Further Education Pressure Groups: The Campaign for Continued and Technical Education in 1944History of Education , 11 (1), pp. 45-55. ISSN 0046-760X


  • Chair the Governing Body of the Trinity Academy Halifax, which the University sponsors, and was heavily involved in establishing it.
  • Represent the University on the Calderdale Partnership which relates to my research on urban affairs.
  • Undertake media work, for example, in the past year I have appeared on BBC News, BBC News 24, Radio 5 and many local/regional radio stations.
  • Involved with the University of York in its Certificate in Local Government and the Sheffield University Political and Economic Research Institute in its interest in local/regional economic growth.