Claire MacRae teaches at both postgraduate and undergraduate level, leading modules in public sector risk, risk and resilience and research methods and skills across GSBS. She is an experienced researcher and is practiced in qualitative research methods and her research interests extend across public policy and management including societal risk and vulnerability within communities; austerity and inequality; local government finance and associated risks in public service provision. She has published extensively in these areas. Claire’s PhD thesis focused on risks facing the public sector, their management and impact upon public service provision (education, social care and housing) and delivery. Her doctoral thesis established a combined framework of organisational learning theory and risk management to understand the impact on local public services and communities of failing to manage risk effectively. Claire has been Research Fellow and co-investigator on a number of small and large research grants funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) focusing on the redistribution of societal risk to vulnerable communities as a consequence of austerity and the UK public sector spending cuts. She was co-investigator on project funded by the Scottish Government evaluating participatory budgeting and its impact on Scottish communities, democracy, public service provision and inequalities. Claire is an associate of the WiSE Centre for Research at GCU (www.gcu.ac.uk/wise).
Claire is also a member of the NHS Glasgow and Greater Clyde Risk Management steering group and is a regular contributor to external events and workshops across industry and the public sector. She has extensive contacts across industry and professional risk bodies and is a member of Association of Local Authority Risk Managers (ALARM), AIRMIC and the Institute of Risk Management (IRM).