Staff profile

Dr Tracey Wond

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




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School

Research centre

Centre for Business Improvement


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am Head of Research in the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences and have worked in the HE environment for over 11 years, holding lectureships and senior lectureships as well as roles in quality, assessment, student satisfaction, postgraduate research leadership and leadership (including REF leadership). I have previously worked for Teesside University, the University of Wales: Lampeter and University of Wales: Trinity St David.

My role has seen me develop strategies and initiatives for research in the College and lead the REF2014 UoA19 (and now co-lead REF2021 UoA17). I have really enjoyed leading our PhD and professional doctorates over the past 5 years.

I supervise several doctoral students who are engaging in projects with organisations such as the MoD, NHS and the Government of Malta.

I also teach on several programmes in the College (Masters in HRM; MRes; UG Business Management).

Teaching responsibilities

Programme Leadership 

Module leadership


Research interests

My research is primarily based on public and policy evaluation and evidence use in the public sector, where for instance I have explored evaluation as an issue for public integrity and governance.

I am published in several international public management journals (Public Management Review, Policy and Society, International Journal of Public Administration). I also connect at a practitioner level with these issues through the UK Evaluation Society (UKES) of which I am a member and am on the value proposition working group, and am a founding steering group member of the Midlands Regional Network.

I have been an invited speaker for the Polish Agency for Economic Development and for Islamic Relief Worldwide. My research has been used by senior academics in the public management field to call for better use of evidence in policy and practice.

My 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. The research 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.

Previously, I have been a founder member of the University of Derby's International Policing and Justice Institute (IPJI), working with institute colleagues and police organisations to undertake applied research. I have previously also worked in Teesside University's Centre for Leadership and Organisational Change (CLOC).

I currently supervise a number of doctoral students:

I have several doctoral and MRes completions and examinations.

Membership of professional bodies

I also participate in the 'Better Evaluation' network and 'Alliance for Useful Evidence'.


Academic Qualifications

Professional Qualifications

Recent conferences

Conference Chair

Experience in industry

I have worked in a UK Police Service as part of a major transformation project and previously as an HR Officer. I have several years of experience in a Council (Economic Regeneration) environment and also have experience of starting up and developing a successful Commercial and Industrial Project Management company.

I continue to be involved with the public sector in advisory and project roles including the Argidius Foundation, advising on the use of ethnographic in evaluation settings. 

I have bid for and/or worked on projects funded by Learndirect, HEFCE, ERDF, the World Bank, Newton Fund, INTERREG and LATERAL ESF (EU) funds, totalling over £600,000. 


International experience

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

Additional interests and activities

I would welcome contact from academics or practitioners around my research interests or the programmes I am involved with:

Recent publications

I review for three international peer-reviewed public management journals and one HE journal.