Visiting Scholars

Sue Duncan

Sue Duncan is a Visiting Professor of Policy Studies at the University of Lincoln.

She currently works as an independent consultant in social research and professional practice, mainly with public sector clients here and abroad. She has senior level experience in the social research and policy environment and worked for over thirty years in the public sector, at the centre of government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, and in social policy departments, such as the Department for Work and Pensions, and Communities and Local Government. She has worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and in the Centre for Management and Policy Studies, where she was Director, responsible for good practice in policy making, research and evaluation and for evidence-based policy making. For much of her career she was in the Government Social Research service, where she worked closely with senior civil servants and Ministers, providing research based advice and policy analysis to inform government decision making. She was appointed as the first ever Chief Government Social Researcher, leading the thousand or so social researchers working across government, with responsibility for all social research issues and the effective use of research in government. 

Her current interests are policy making, including policy transfer; using evidence in policy and delivery; research utilisation and research impact. She is also interested in research professional practice issues, including research capability and research quality. She has lectured and written widely on policy, research, research utilisation and evidence-based policy making, both here and abroad. Publications include a book on the policy process under New Labour (Bochel & Duncan, 2007) Making policy in theory and practice, (Bristol: Policy Press) and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

She has an MA in Sociological Studies, University of Sussex and a BSc (Hons) Sociology, University of Bath. As well as being a Visiting Professor at Lincoln she is an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University and an Honorary Doctor of Science of the University of Bath. 

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; a Fellow of the Market Research Society and is currently a member of the Department for Transport’s Scientific Advisory Council and a Trustee of the Stroke Association. 

Wei Lei (Emerson)

‎Emerson is a visiting Research Fellow in the School of Social Sciences, a PhD and Professor of Political Science at the Shandong Political Research Institute (China). His research fields include comparative analysis of political systems, political parties, and social control. Emerson has researched and published widely on the Chinese political system and political party leadership. Recent publications include‌ research on Party Building Since the Seventeenth National Congress of the Communist party of China (2008); A Brief History of Political Thought in Ancient China (2003), and Exploration & Reform (2001).

He is currently undertaking a comparative analysis of the UK & Chinese political systems.

Mahmoud Khalifa

Mahmoud studied his Bachelor and Masters degree in Political Science at Suez Canal University, Faculty of Commerce, Egypt. In 2004 he became a demonstrator at Suez Canal University and in 2009 an assistant lecturer

The topic of his Masters Degree was 'Constitutional Amendments and Their Effects on Democratic Development in Egypt'. This included a comparative study between the UK, USA & France.

Published in a local journal in Egypt, Mahmoud is a member of the Political Studies Association, the Social Policy Association in the UK, and in Egypt a member of the International Law Association. He joined Lincoln University in 2011 as a Visiting Fellow.

Mahmoud’s research interests lie in public administration, particularly public policy issues in Egypt and the UK, and decentralisation and democratic transition in the Middle East.  In 2013 he was awarded his PhD degree by Suez Canal University, under the supervision of University of Lincoln and Professor Hugh Bochel. Mahmoud is currently a Lecturer of Political Science at Lincoln University.