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Dr. Mary-Lee Rhodes

Associate Professor (Trinity Business School)

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
Truong T.N. Thang, Sheila Cannon, Cherrell Picton, Shivangi Sareen, Mary Lee Rhodes, Social Enterprises in Viet Nam and Ireland, First, Hanoi, Vietnam, Labor Publishing House (Nha xuat ban lao động), 2019, 1 - 144pp, Book, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Operationalising sustainability within smart cities: Towards an online sustainability indicator tool in, editor(s)IGI Global , Developing Eco-Cities Through Policy, Planning, and Innovation: Can It Really Work?, IGI Global, 2019, pp234-256 , [ Dowling, C.M., Walsh, S.D., Purcell, S.M., Hynes, W.M., Rhodes, M.L. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  URL
Rhodes, M.L. and Donnelly-Cox, G., Social Impact Bonds as Temporary Innovation Systems: a new model for understanding wicked problem interventions, IRSPM, Wellington, NZ, 16-18 Apr, 2019, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
McQuaid, S., Rhodes, M.L., Square pegs implementing round holes: How traditional and new public management styles of local governments are adapting to the network governance models required for nature-based solutions, IRSPM, Wellington, NZ, 16-18 Apr, 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Eppel, E. and Rhodes, M.L., Theory and Practice for complex change management in public administration, IRSPM, Wellington, N.Z., 16-18 Apr, 2019, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Cannon, Sheila M.; Danielle Byrne; Mary Lee Rhodes; Gemma Donnelly-Cox; Raymond Dart, Social Enterprise in Ireland: A country case study, ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) 48th Annual Conference, San Diego, California, USA, November 2019, 2019, pp1 - 23, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Dowling, C. and Rhodes, M.L., The Nature of 'Resilient' Systems: Using complexity theory to frame investigations into socio-technical systems resilience, IRSPM, Edinburgh, Scotland, April 11-13, 2018, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Rhodes, M.L. and Donnelly-Cox, G., Social Impact Bonds as Temporary Innovation Systems: towards a framework for analysis, Comparative perspectives on SIBs and outcomes-based approaches to public seervice commissioning, Oxford, UK, 6-7 Sep, 2018, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Rhodes, ML and Dowling, C., What insights do Fitness Landscape Models provide for theory and practice in public administration?, Public Management Review, 20, (7), 2018, p997 - 1012, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Eppel, E. and Rhodes, M.L., Complexity Theory and Public Management: a 'becoming' field, Public Management Review, 20, (7), 2018, p949 - 959, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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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
Rhodes, ML, Housing, Homelessness and Ireland's first Social Impact Bond, FENIX Programme, Dublin, Ireland, 11 May, 2016, Centre for Social Engagement, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Rhodes, ML, Ireland's SIB Pilot: Lessons Learned, conférence sur l'innovation sociale et l'investissement à impact social, Paris, France, 26 Sep, 2016, Secrétaire d'Etat chargée du Commerce, de l'Artisanat, de la Consommation et de l'Economie sociale et solidaire, Invited Talk, PRESENTED


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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