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Royce Turner is a policy analyst who has led well-over 40 research projects for UK central government departments, local authorities, various NHS bodies, government agencies such as the Equality and Human Rights Commission, voluntary and community sector organisations, and European Union directorates, in three key areas:
His research agenda has been responsive to changing needs. His work on economic regeneration focused initially, for example, on evaluating the outcomes of regeneration policies in areas undergoing major economic restructuring, and on examining how companies had modernised in order to meet new challenges, progressing more recently to examine the impact of skilled labour, and the impact of arts and culture, on economic competitiveness.
Royce Turner has also conducted major pioneering work on Good Relations, developing a new framework to facilitate social measurement for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and, in related work, has analysed the labour market and societal position of marginalised groups such as Gypsies and Travellers, teenage parents, disengaged men, migrants, and older people, and designed policies to enhance those positions for implementation by local authorities and government agencies.
He has worked with numerous organisations in the Third Sector, assisting them in the design, implementation, and evaluation of their interventions, which are becoming an increasingly important element in economic and social policy overall. Examples of this are his work with Age UK on their Fit for the Future health and well-being programme, and his work with the Consortium of South Yorkshire Councils for Voluntary Service on community regeneration initiatives developed under their Pioneer Towns programme.
Royce Turner has extensive knowledge of organisational and governmental structures, gained from working in industry at the then British Steel Corporation, in university research centres, and from being a director of an independent research company which worked on a day-to-day basis with policy makers at different levels of government: local, devolved, central, and European. This experience is underpinned by his academic studies – he has a BA (Hons) from the University of Sheffield in Politics, and MA (Econ) from the University of Manchester in Public Policy and Administration, and a PhD from the University of Liverpool which focused on evaluating the outcome of economic regeneration policy in Britain’s former coalfields.
Royce Turner’s research interests include examining business transition in response to wider economic restructuring; economic and social regeneration policy, including the contribution of cultural capital to promoting economic competitiveness; and marginalised groups in the labour market. He is the author of five books on these subjects, and numerous academic journal articles and national media commentary on connected areas, including in New Statesman and Society, The Guardian, and The Times.
He is joint author of The Good Relations Measurement Framework (GRMF), commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and published by them in 2010 (www.equalityhumanrights.com/sites/default/files/research-report-60-good-relations-measurement-framework.pdf), which aims to produce a set of indicators that collectively paint a comprehensive picture of the current state of good relations in Great Britain, as well as separately for England, Scotland and Wales, and in individual localised areas.
Turner, R. and Wigfield, A. (2016) ‘Mr Camerons new language initiative for Muslim women: lessons in policy implementation’ The Political Quarterly , 87 (3), pp. 398-405. ISSN 0032-3179
Turner, R., Hughes, A., Kitson, M., Probert, J., Bullock, A. and Milner, I. (2014) Cultural connections: The Role of the Arts and Humanities in Competitiveness and Local Development Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge
Turner, R. and Wigfield, A. (2013) ‘The development of the Good Relations Measurement Framework in Britain: a template for experiential social measurement’ Social Indicators Research , 114 (2), pp. 655-686. ISSN 0303-8300
Turner, R. and Wigfield, A. (2013) ‘South Asian women and the labour market in the UK: attitudes, barriers, solutions’ Journal of Community Positive Practices , 12 (4), pp. 642-666.
Turner, R. and Wigfield, A. (2010) Good Relations Measurement Framework: Research Report 60 Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission
Turner, R., Wigfield, A., Yeandle, S. and Fry, G. (2009) Equality Statistics in Practice at a local level: Research report: 30 Manchester, UK: Equality and Human Rights Commission
Royce Turner has acted as advisor to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, and provided consultancy and policy advice to numerous central government departments and agencies, local authorities, and organisations in the voluntary and community sector. These include Department for Work and Pensions, Jobcentre Plus, Sheffield City Council, various NHS bodies, Coalfields Taskforce, Equalities and Human Rights Commission, Learning and Skills Council Yorkshire and Humber, South Yorkshire African-Caribbean Enterprise Centre.
Not currently involved in research degree supervision.
Jointly designed and implemented Ethnic Minority Women’s Employability Project Sheffield, an employment training programme for ethnic minority women, for Jobcentre Plus, 2005-2006.
Drew up Business Plan for Tankersley Community Association (TCA), which secured funding from Yorkshire Rural Community Council for the renovation and conversion of the miners’ welfare, 2005.
Drew up Business Plan for SYAC (South Yorkshire African-Caribbean Enterprise Centre) Limited, and Sheffield City Council, to steer the enterprise centre as it moved from council to community management, 2004.
Co-founder and director of Policy Evaluation Group (PEG), an independent company providing social and economic research to central government departments and agencies, local authorities, and voluntary and community organisations, 2003-2011.
Organising and leading Talent Diversity and Development research group seminars.