Dr Clementine Hill OConnor

Research Associate

Social Work and Social Policy

Personal statement

I am a Research Associate in the School for Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Strathclyde.

I have a research interest in the use of ethnographic and participatory methods to understand the ways in which social policy is framed, implemented and experienced throughout the policy process. My previous research includes the study of active citizenship through the lens of welfare reform and women’s self-help groups, and prior to joining University of Strathclyde I was lead researcher of an evaluation of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act, and part of an evaluation team for Participatory Budgeting in Scotland.

I am currently the lead researcher on a policy focused workstrand of SIPHER, a multi-disciplinary consortium working to support policy makers to achieved an upstream shift in policy responses to public health and health inequalities. I am supporting the development of policy ethnography, working closely with embedded researchers in three policy organisations across the UK and carrying out in-depth interviews and policy analysis to understand policy processes and evidence needs within the context of policies related to 1) inclusive growth 2) housing 3) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and 4) public mental health.


Participatory budgeting, community engagement and impact on public services in Scotland
O’Hagan Angela, MacRae Claire, Hill O'Connor Clementine, Teedon Paul
Public Money and Management (2019)
Self reliant groups from India to Scotland : lessons from south to north
Hill O'Connor Clementine, Mazzei Micaela, Baker Rachel
Community Development Journal, pp. 1-18 (2018)
Working with and for social enterprises : the role of the volunteer ethnographer
Hill O'Connor Clementine, Baker Rachel
Social Enterprise Journal Vol 13, pp. 180-193 (2017)
The new merger : combining third sector and market-based approaches to tackling inequalities
Roy Michael J, Hill OConnor Clementine, McHugh Neil, Biosca Olga, Donaldson Cam
Social Business Vol 5, pp. 47-60 (2015)
Social innovation : worklessness, welfare and well-being
Roy Michael J, McHugh Neil, O'Connor Clementine Hill
Social Policy and Society Vol 13, pp. 457-467 (2014)
Asset Transfer Requests : Evaluation of Part 5 of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015
McMillan Carolyn, Steiner Artur, Hill OConnor Clementine
Social Research Series Social Research Series (2020)

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Professional activities

Community Development Journal (Journal)
Editorial board member

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Evaluation of Participatory Budgeting Activity: 2016- 2018
O'Hagan, Angela (Principal Investigator) Hill OConnor, Clementine (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2018
CommonHealth: Investigating the Role of Social Enterprise as a Public Health Initiative
Donaldson, Cam Donaldson (Principal Investigator) Hill OConnor, Clementine (Researcher)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2018

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Social Work and Social Policy
Lord Hope Building

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