Staff profile

Dr Royce Turner



College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre, Better Society





I am researcher at the Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre at the University of Derby, carrying out work on overcoming social and economic inequalities, and on social connection and its barriers. This builds on previous policy research I have conducted on economic and social regeneration, especially in relation to marginalised or vulnerable groups of people.

Teaching responsibilities

My most recent responsibilities here have included teaching on the Living in the Sociological World and Living in the Political World undergraduate modules, and delivering guest lectures on the application of practical research methods in social science. I have a wide range of teaching experience in the fields of public policy analysis, social policy, and British politics, as well as in supervising masters and doctoral work.

Research interests

Policy evaluation and analysis is the connecting theme throughout all my research, which has incorporated primary applied work in the areas of the economic and social impact of pit closures on coal mining areas, the effects of economic regeneration in the coalfields, constructing social measurement tools to assess policy impact, and designing policy aimed at improving life.

My research has always taken an applied, practical approach (although I have used the research material generated to inform academic journal articles); and I have specialised in examining the impact of policy on real people and communities. This has included an especial focus on ex-mining communities, Gypsies and Travellers, ethnic minority groups, and other such potentially vulnerable or marginalised groups.

My most recent work has been to look at social isolation and loneliness, and how to ameliorate such conditions. This has included primary research carried out for the British Red Cross/Co-op Partnership, which looked at understanding the barriers to connection for people experiencing loneliness at key life transitions.


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have experience of working in sales at the erstwhile British Steel Corporation, managing relationships with domestic and global motor manufacturing companies, including the Rover Group's predecessors and Ford.

I have considerable experience of research implementation and management in the private sector, as founding director of the independent research company Policy Evaluation Group, which carried out work for UK central government departments and agencies, including the Department for Work and Pensions and Jobcentre Plus; various NHS organisations; Equality and Human Rights Commission; major local authorities such as Sheffield City Council; and major voluntary and community sector organisations such as Age UK.    

International experience

I have delivered presentations at regional science, administrative science, and business and society conferences in Belgium, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the USA. I have had articles published in academic journals with an international recognition and an international audience, inluding Governance, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Public Money and Management, Romani Studies, Social Indicators Research, and Social Policy and Society.

I have represented universities, in relation to PhD recruitment, in liaison with university and government representatives in Germany and the Oman. I have co-written bids for research funding with partners at universities in Denmark, Italy, Spain, and Sweden. I have management experience in industry while responsible for export sales of road springs to all British Steel Corporation's overseas-based customers, including Ford in Belgium and Germany, General Motors in Belgium and Germany, and Volvo in Sweden.   

In the media

I have provided interviews to BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Sheffield, and to BBC TV East Midlands Today, on a range of subjects including government policy on teaching English to people from ethnic minority backgrounds; educational opportunity inequality; and regenerating areas experiencing industrial contraction.

I have contributed political and socio-economic commentary pieces to various newspapers and news websites, including The Times, The Guardian, New Statesman and Society, and The Conversation, on subjects ranging from the potential drawbacks of high-rise living, the prospects for the British fishing industry, governmental and societal attitudes to Gypsies and Travellers, and the impact of efforts to regenerate pit closure areas.

Recent publications