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: Executive Education and Professional Development

Research Centre: Business Innovation for a Low Carbon Economy

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Tracey arrived at the University of Derby in March 2013, after holding lectureships at Teesside University and University of Wales: Trinity St David. She has worked as a director of a profitable construction project management company, and previously within insurance and HR roles.

Tracey is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of research in the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences. 

Tracey designed and developed the Doctorate in Professional Practice in Business (DProf) which has attracted senior professionals and executives from all over the world. She is currently programme leader and supervisors a number of students on this programme. Tracey also leads the PhD Business and Management provision in the College.

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) 

PGR Modules

  • Delivery of University level, 'thesis preparation' workshops.

Research interests

Public Evaluation

Tracey's research is primarily based on public 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). 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 to conduct research into police leadership and the use of evidence and evaluation in policing. 

Doctoral Supervision

Tracey currently supervises a number of doctoral students:

  • Kyle, J: Human Dignity and leadership
  • Borg-Ellul, D: Talent Development
  • Rubadeau, D: CSR in Service Organisations
  • Scott-Smith, H: Organisational Learning in Pre-Hospital Care
  • Sapara, O: Adoption of Mobile Banking Applications (MRes. completion) 
  • Jones, R: Approaches to business strategy  
  • Joseph, B: Organisational Commitment and Faith 
  • Nesterova, I: Low carbon nudges
  • Brown, C: Career capital and role transitions
  • Rowen, P: Public sector partnership.

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 policy makers 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

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. (2016) 'Trust matters: Distrust in an External Evaluation of a Public Sector Programme', International Journal of Public Administration, Publication pending, DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2015.1126732
  • 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 journals.

Recent conferences

Conference Presentations

  • *Accepted* Wond, T. (2017) Understanding our Way to Utilisation: (Perpetual) Evaluation Challenges, UK Evaluation Society, May 2017
  • *Accepted* 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

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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