In this post I summarise some of the various pieces I have authored or co-authored in this research programme over the last few years.
In 2012 Catherine Needham and I chaired a roundtable on the idea of the 21st century public servant under the auspices of the Public Service Academy at the University of Birmingham. You can find the summary of the discussion here
Shortly before moving to Melbourne Catherine Needham and I won some funds from the ESRC to form a knowledge partnership with Birmingham City Council. When I left the UK I handed over my part of the project to Catherine Mangan but did stay involve in a less formal capacity. You can find the review of the literature that the three of us did here and which sets out 8 lessons about the future public service workforce.
Helen Sullivan and I conducted a research project interviewing about 30 individuals in total to try and get a better handle on what the future Australian public servant workforce might look like and the steps needed to achieve this. This followed up from a discussion paper that Helen did with Maria Katsonis of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet (you can access this here). The final report of the research by Helen and I can be found here. Below there is a picture of Helen, myself, Maria and Sir Gus O’Donnell at the launch of this work.
The report from the Birmingham research can be found here. Below is one of the great illustrations that the Birmingham team commissioned to illustrate their research.
In addition to these reports a number of pieces have also appeared in public service magazines like The Mandarin or newspapers. I have put links to these below.
21st century public service: changing education and recruitment. The Mandarin, 13thJanuary 2015.
21st century public service: shared vision needed for ‘softer’ skills. The Mandarin, 17thDecember, 2014.
The 21st century public service: are we ready for the change needed? The Mandarin, 8thDecember, 2014
Creating the 21st century public servant: emerging from identity crisis. The Mandarin14th July,2014
The 21st-century public servant needs new skills. Guardian Society, 1st May 2013
The making of the 21st century public servant. Guardian Professional, 22nd November 2012.