Dr Tracey Wond

Tracey Wond

Position: Head of Research (College of Business, Law and Social Sciences)

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Derby Business School

Subject area: Business and Management

Research Centre: Centre for Business Improvement

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Tracey is responsible for the strategic direction, governance and oversight of research in the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences. As such, she sits on the College Leadership team.  She is also programme leader for PhDs and business professional doctorates. 

Teaching responsibilities

Programme Leadership 

  • Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf) 
  • Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) 

Module leadership

  • Professional and Technical Development (DProf) 
  • Research Design and Execution (DProf) 
  • Independent Study (DProf)
  • Independent Study (Masters Professional Practice) 


  • Developing and Managing Performance (level 6) 
  • Professional and technical development (level 7) 
  • Research Design and Execution (level 7) 
  • Delivery of University level, 'thesis preparation' workshops.

Research interests

Public Governance and Evaluation 

Tracey's research is primarily based on public and policy evaluation, its use and effectiveness.

By conducting research to better understand the challenges facing evaluators and the complicated stakeholder relationship in which evaluation occurs, her research can benefit the evaluation community and improve the commissioning of evaluation research. Tracey has engaged with this debate in academic spheres through international public management journal contributions (Public Management Review, Policy and Society, International Journal of Public Administration) and conferences (International Research Society for Public Management, UKES), as well as practitioner arenas (UK Evaluation Society nationally and regionally, invited speaker for the Polish Agency for Economic Development). Tracey's research has been used by senior academics in the public management field to call for improved evidence-based policy and practice.

Tracey is also a founder member of the International Policing and Justice Institute (IPJI), working with Institute colleagues and police organisations to undertake applied research.  

Doctoral Supervision

Tracey currently supervises a number of doctoral students:

  • Kyle, J: Human Dignity and leadership
  • Borg-Ellul, D: Talent Development in Financial Organisations
  • Rubadeau, D: CSR in Service Organisations
  • Scott-Smith, H: Organisational Learning in Pre-Hospital Care   
  • Brown, C: Career capital and role transitions
  • Rowen, P: Public sector partnership in Modern Slavery Initiatives.
  • Amos, M: An Ethnographic Approach to Cost-reduction

PhD completion: Chinonso Udokporo 
MRes completion: Olushola Sapara

Tracey's PhD

Tracey's PhD was based on evaluation within an economic regeneration programme. Utilising an ethnographic research methodology it looked at the relationships, interactions and phenomena that occur in evaluation practice. It demonstrated a host of challenges that face evaluators in their roles. Its novelty lay in the meta-evaluative account that it provided of evaluation, using ethnography a 'warts and all' perspective of evaluation was gained which demonstrated the stakeholder conflicts, politics, power struggles, and methodological issues that Evaluators observe. The research also provided lessons for policymakers and those commissioning evaluation. 

Membership of professional bodies

  • International Association for Practice Doctorates: Member 
  • Higher Education Academy (FHEA): Fellow
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI): member
  • CIPD: Graduate membership
  • UK Evaluation Society, and steering group member for UKES Midlands network. 

Tracey also participates in the 'Better Evaluation' network and 'Alliance for Useful Evidence'. 


Academic Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management - 1st class
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - Distinction
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) An Ethnographic Account of an Evaluation Experience: A Critical Analysis of the Local Evaluation of an Economic Regeneration Programme

Professional Qualifications

  • PRINCE2 Project Management (Foundation)
  • British Cycling Coaching: Level 3

Recent publications

  • Wond, T., Rambukwella, S., Nesterova, I. (In press) Measuring the value of placements to employers: A cost-benefit approach, Industry and Higher Education (In press). http://derby.openrepository.com/derby/handle/10545/621969
  • Wond, T. (2017) 'Trust matters: Distrust in an External Evaluation of a Public Sector Programme', International Journal of Public Administration, 40(5), 408-415. http://derby.openrepository.com/derby/handle/10545/596922 
  • Wond, T. (2015) 'Police Officers with degrees: the plan, challenges and (missing) evidence', Policing Insight, 14/11/15
  • Wond, T. & Macaulay, M. (2011). 'Extending Time: Extended Benefits - Using longitudinal research in public management evaluation'. Public Management Review, 13(2), 309-320, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2010.536059
  • Wond, T. & Macaulay, M. (2010) 'Evaluating Local Implementation: An Evidence-based Approach', Policy and Society, 29(2), pp.161-169, DOI: 10.1016/j.polsoc.2010.03.008.

Tracey reviews for three international peer-reviewed public management and HE journals.

Recent conferences

Conference Papers and Presentations

  • Wond, T. (2017) The Future of Evaluation, International Evaluation Conference, Polish Agency for Economic Development, Wroclaw, Poland.
  • Wond, T. (2017) Understanding our Way to Utilisation: (Perpetual) Evaluation Challenges, UK Evaluation Society, May 2017
  • Kyle, J., Wond, T. and Carlier, J. (2017) An exploration of human dignity and spiritual leadership, IAMSR World Congress 2017
  • Dean, A. and Wond, T. (2016)New Employer Driven Models in Masters Education for Innovation in Advanced Engineering, Advanced Engineering, Birmingham, Nov 2016
  • Wond, T. and Macaulay, M. (2010) Ethnographic Adventures: Evaluating Public Services Delivery, International Research Society for Public Management Berne, Switzerland, Apr 2010
  • Wond, T. and Macaulay, M. (2009) Problem-inspired or problem-solving? Evaluating Evidence-based policy, International Research Society for Public Management, Copenhagen, Denmark, Apr 2009
  • Wond, T. (2008) Approaching an Evaluation of the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, UK Evaluation Society Regional Network (North East), Stockton, UK, 13th November 2008.

Conference Chair

  • 16th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility and 7th Organisational Governance Conference, jointly organised by the University of Derby and the Social Responsibility Research Network (SRRNet). Aug/Sep 2017, Buxton, UK.

Additional interests and activities

Tracey would welcome contact from academics or practitioners around her research interests or the programmes that she is involved with: t.wond@derby.ac.uk

Experience in industry

Tracey has worked in a UK Police Service as part of a major transformation project and in a HRM role. She also has three years of experience in a council environment, evaluating a multi-million pound economic development programme. Tracey continues to be involved with the public sector in advisory and project roles. 

Tracey has experience of starting up and developing a successful Commercial and Industrial Project Management company, as Director (now Secretary).

International experience

2011: Teaching Business and Management in China (Zibo, Shandong).

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