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Dr. Mary-Lee Rhodes

Associate Professor (Trinity Business School)
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES INSTITUTE


Mary Lee Rhodes (BA, MSc, MBA, PhD) is an Associate Professor of Public Management at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research is focused on complex public service systems and the dynamics of performance, value and impact. She is the co-Director of the Trinity Centre for Social Innovation and has expertise in research, consulting and management in the public and non-profit sectors along with extensive private sector experience in banking and ICT management. Prof. Rhodes has published articles in a range of academic journals including Public Administration Review (PAR), Public Management Review (PMR), Policy & Society, Int'l Public Management Journal, Policy & Politics, Voluntas and Int'l Journal of Housing Policy. Her book, Public Management & Complexity Theory: Richer Decision Making in Public Services was published by Routledge in 2011. She is a member of the editorial boards of PAR and PMR and a member of the interest group on complex governance networks in the American Society for Public Administration. Her teaching is in the areas of management and social innovation and social impact and her PhD students are currently focused on urban resilience, governance of innovation in urban development and network quality and impact. In addition to her academic interests, Prof. Rhodes is involved in several public, non-profit and social entrepreneurial organisations at Board level with a focus on research and service innovation. She is currently chair of the Interim Regulatory Committee for Social Housing in Ireland and a member of the Docklands Oversight and Consultative Forum. Prior to these appointments she had served as the Chairman of Simon Communities Ireland, as a Board member and Chair of the Service Subcommittee for Cluid Housing Association, on the Board of the Housing Finance Agency and as a member of the strategic sub-committee of Clann Credo, Ireland's leading social finance organisation.
     Complexity Theory   Housing policy, homelessness   IRISH HOUSING SYSTEM   LIveable Cities   public management   Smart Cities   SOCIAL HOUSING
 Connecting Nature
 Social Innovation & Enterprise Accelerator
 COST TU1204: People-friendly Cities in a Data-rich World
 HEA Research Grant: "Towards Richer Decision-Making"
 Non-profit Housing in Ireland

Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
German Medium Basic Basic
Spanish Basic Basic Medium
Details Date From Date To
International Research Society for Public Management 2004 current
American Society of Public Administration 2011 current
International Society for Third-sector Research 2009 2014
European Network of Housing Researchers 2000 2008
American Academy of Management 1999 2003
INFORMS 1999 2002
French, M. and McGowan, K. and Rhodes, M.L. and Zivkovic, S., Guest editorial: Complexity as a model for social innovation and social entrepreneurship: is there order in the chaos?, Social Enterprise Journal, 18, (2), 2022, p237-251 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gerrits, L. and Eppel, E.A. and Rhodes, M.L., The enmeshment of the machine in complex governance processes and networks, 2021, 162-171pp, Notes: [cited By 0], Book, PUBLISHED
McQuaid, S. and Rhodes, M.L. and Ortega, A.E., A â€~Key Actors Governance Framework†(KAGF) for nature-based solutions to societal challenges, 2021, 164-178pp, Notes: [cited By 1], Book, PUBLISHED
How Complexity Informs Public Policy and Administrative Practice: Selected International Cases in, editor(s)Hildreth, W.B., Miller, G.J., Lindquist, E.A. , Handbook of Public Administration, Routledge, 2021, pp147 - 161, [ML Rhodes, L Gerrits, EA Eppel], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Complexity in Public Management: Perspectives, Institutions, and Practices in, editor(s)Hildreth, W.B., Miller, G.J., Lindquist, E.A. , Handbook of Public Administration, Routledge, 2021, pp135 - 146, [Eppel, E., Rhodes, ML, Gerrits, L.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
Managing the complexity of outcomes: a new approach to performance measurement and management in, editor(s)D. Blackman, F. Buick, K. Gardner, S. Johnson, M. O'Donnell, & S. Olney , Handbook on Performance Management in the Public Sector, Edward Elgar, 2021, pp111 - 128, [M French, T Lowe, R Wilson, ML Rhodes, M Hawkins], Notes: [Governments, philanthropic agencies and public sector organisations have given increasing primacy to outcomes across their operations in recent years, particularly within the domain of performance management. We argue that societal outcomes challenge public agencies to respond to four specific forms of complexity - compositional, experiential, dynamic and governance complexities - which taken together confound the conceptual basis of traditional performance management systems. We adopt this understanding of complexity in a constructive capacity to consider the design parameters of a complexity-appropriate performance management system. We conclude that two theoretical transitions are necessary in a complexity-appropriate performance management approach: a shift from principal-agent theory to stewardship theory, and from technical to social management control theory. We explore the characteristics which such a model of performance management might take in practice, and conclude by outlining a research agenda to explore the potential applications of this new approach.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
A Key Actors Governance Framework (KAGF) for nature-based solutions to societal challenges in, editor(s)Jack W. Meek , Handbook of Collaborative Public Management, Edward Elgar, 2021, pp164 - 178, [ Siobhan McQuaid, Mary Lee Rhodes and Aitzibe Egusquiza Ortega ], Notes: [Climate change initiatives need to be better managed by public management scholars and practitioners as they are fast becoming critical elements of public policy design and implementation. The EC and UN have recently identified nature-based solutions (NBS) as a policy priority with significant potential to mitigate against climate change and contribute to UN SDGs. Public sector theory provides a rich set of governance models which may be profitably applied to climate change initiatives such as NBS. To date however there have been relatively few studies of climate change governance in public management literature. In contrast, environmental governance literature has provided rich insights on this topic. This chapter introduces the 'Key Actors Governance Framework' to help identify alignment between public sector management models and NBS governance models. It can be seen that NBS governance models correspond to recognized public management/environmental governance models when seen through the 'lens' of the KAGF.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
The Enmeshment of the Machine in Complex Governance Processes and Networks in, editor(s)Hildreth, W.B., Miller, G.J., Lindquist, E.A. , Handbook of Public Administration, Routledge, 2021, pp162 - 171, [L Gerrits, EA Eppel, ML Rhodes], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI
McQuaid, Siobhan; Esmee D. Kooijman; Mary-Lee Rhodes; Sheila M. Cannon, Innovating with Nature: Factors Influencing the Success of Nature-Based Enterprises, Sustainability, 13, (22), 2021, p25 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL  URL
Rhodes, Mary Lee, McQuaid, Siobhán and Donnelly-Cox, Gemma, Social innovation and temporary innovations systems (TIS): insights from nature-based solutions in Europe, Social Enterprise Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print, (No. ahead-of-print), 2021, p1-19 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
  

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Laura Wendling, Adina Dumitru, K Arnbjerg-Nielsen, C Baldacchini, S Connop, M Dubovik, J Fermoso, K Hölscher, F Nadim, F Pilla, F Renaud, ML Rhodes, E San José, R Sánchez, J Skodra, J-M Tacnet, G Zulian, K Allaert, D Almassy, A Ascenso, J Babí Almenar, L Basco, V Beaujouan, G Benoit, M Bockarjova, N Bode, S Bonelli, R Bouzouidja, T Butlin, J Calatrava, C Calfapietra, P Cannavo, V Capobianco, G Caroppi, G Ceccherini, K Chancibault, M Cioffi, S Coelho, P Dadvand, Y de Bellis, C de Keijzer, A de la Hera, R De Vreese, S Decker, S Djordjevic, C Dowling, D Dushkova, S Eiter, M Faneca, Z Fatima, C Ferracini, W Fjellstad, G Fleury, B Freyer, I García, M García-Alcaraz, C Gerundo, E Gil-Roldán, R Giordano, M Giugni, B Goličnik Marušić, S Gómez, M González, A Gonzalez-Ollauri, G Guidolotti, D Haase, J Heredida, T Hermawan, K Herranz-Pascual, J Jermakka, L Jones, M Kiss, F Kraus, B Körmöndi, A Laikari, P Laille, C Lemée, M Llorente, M Lodder, I Macsinga, J Maes, S Maia, M Manderscheid, M Manzano, F Martelli, R Martins, B Mayor, U McKnight, M Mendizabal, R Mendonça, SB Mickovski, AI Miranda, GC Moniz, K Munro, C Nash, P Nolan, A Oen, P Olsson, C Olver, ED Ozturk, F Paradiso, C Petucco, N Pisani, G Piton, F Pugliese, M Rasmussen, Ž Ravknikar, E Reich, K Reichborn-Kjennerud, V Rinta-Hiiro, V Robles, F Rodriguez, P Roebeling, L Ruangpan, B Rugani, A Rödl, I Sánchez, A Sánchez Torres, G Sanesi, JM Sanz, B Scharf, F Silvestri, G Spano, M Stanganelli, F Szkordilisz, D Tomé-Lourido, L Vay, S Vela, M Vercelli, A Villazán, Z Vojinovic, A Werner, B Wheeler, C Young, S Zorita, M Zandersen, M zu-Castell Rüdenhausen, Indicators of NBS performance and impact, European Commission, 2021, p114 - 176, Report, PUBLISHED
Donnelly-Cox, Gemma Rhodes, Mary-Lee Hogan, Benn Lawlor, Mary, Corporate Human Rights Reporting, Accountancy Ireland, 52, (4), 2020, p33 - 35, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Benn Finlay Hogan, ML Rhodes, Susan P Murphy, Mary Lawlor, IRISH BUSINESS & HUMAN RIGHTS: Benchmarking compliance with the UN Guiding Principles, Dublin, IRL, Centre for Social Innovation, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2019, Report, PUBLISHED
Rhodes, M.L., 'Managing the Entanglement', Managing the Entanglement: Complexity Leadership in Public Sector Systems, 2018, -, Notes: [This podcast was created to go along with a paper published in Public Administration Review 2018.], Broadcast, PUBLISHED
Byrne, D., Rhodes, M.L., Thang, T.T.N., True Places: Methodological considerations in mapping social enterprises, Social Enterprise World Forum Academic Symposium, Edinburgh, Scotland, 12-14 Sep, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
McQuaid, S., Rhodes, M.L., Temporary innovation systems: citizens and societal actors as equal partners in social innovation, Social Enterprise World Forum Academic Symposium, Edinburgh, Scotland, 12-14 Sep, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Rhodes, M.L., Letter to the Editor: Today's announcement of the "Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan", 2018, -, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED
McQuaid, Siobhan and Rhodes. ML, Temporary Innovation Systems: positioning citizens and societal actors as equal partners in social innovation and enterprise creation, Social Enterprise World Forum, Glasgow, Scotland, 10 Sep , 2018, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Rhodes, ML, Navigating Service System Landscapes, GBHI Seminar Series, Trinity College, 31 May, 2017, Global Brain Health Institute, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Rhodes, M.L., Lack of innovation and courage to take risks laid the foundation for crisis that affects so many, 2017, - 5, Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED

  

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Award Date
Snow Foundation Award for Best Case or Simulation in Collaborative Nonprofit Management 2013
Best Paper in Stream: Irish Management Conference 2004
My research is aimed at understanding the nature of societal well-being and the role of governance and public service systems in urban management. Specific research topics include: defining and measuring social impact, modelling complex public service systems, processes of value co-creation and analytics for public service managers. Doctoral research projects currently under supervision: urban resilience, governance of innovation in urban development, indicators of network impact Vacancies for high-calibre PhD students exist in the following areas: . Governance and collaborative urbanism . Social Impact Indicators and drivers of well-being . Social Enterprise and Social Impact . Measures of risk and return in Social Investment markets