Professor Susan Hodgett

Professor Susan Hodgett
Dr Susan Hodgett

Professor Susan Hodgett

Susan Hodgett has recently been appointed as the founding Professor of Area Studies at the University of East Anglia. Susan will be Director of Area Studies focusing on identifying, leading and developing research activity across the Faculty of Humanities and beyond in Area Studies.

Susan has moved from Ulster University where she was Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded Blurring Genres Network, exploring the use of narratives in relation to modern governance, with Professors RAW Rhodes (Southampton University) and Mark Bevir (University of California, Berkeley). This project establishes a network to recover the research methods of the Arts and Humanities for Political Scientists, Area Studies scholars, and policy-makers in the UK. It investigates blurring genres, or crossing boundaries between the disciplines, bringing together leading international scholars on interpretive approaches. Susan was also Deputy Chair of the 2014 REF Area Studies Sub Panel and President of the UK Council for Area Studies Associations (2011-14).

Susan has in depth experience of higher education systems outside the UK including as President of the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) based in Ottawa, promoting research and teaching on Canada, and working with a cross section of higher education institutions and government departments. During this time, she chaired the ICCS Board initiating projects promoting greater diversity within the organisation and working with the cultural industries. Previously, she was President of the British Association for Canadian Studies (2008-11) and organised the Canada-UK Joint Declaration Seminar Series. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia.

Susan has worked with colleagues from the Human Development and Capability Association and Cambridge University on policy issues, the Capability Approach, and human development. Her work with Dr. David Clark was used to inform public dialogues conducted by the What Works Wellbeing Centre (Sciencewise/HM Government) in 2015, materials gathered contributed to later evidence programmes and the Sainsbury’s Living Well Index. She has worked with Cabinet Office (Analysis and Insight Units), the Home Office (UK Civil Service Learning/Senior Civil Service and the Policy Profession) and devolved administrations in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Dr. Hodgett has published widely including in Public Administration and the Journal of Human Development. Two publications are currently in progress with Rod Rhodes from the Blurring Genres Network series. Her most recent book, with Professor Patrick James (University of Southern California), on the future of Area Studies, is scheduled for publication by Lexington Press in 2018. She has extensive experience of peer review for national and international research councils and various academic publishers. Before becoming an academic Susan was General Secretary of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland and worked closely with the voluntary sector.

Period of appointment: 3 years