Paresh Wankhade, Professor of Leadership and Management at Edge Hill University, is celebrating the publication of his latest book, Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services.

Published by Routledge, this new book provides a critical analysis of the management, governance and public policy perspectives in the field of emergency services management, characterised by a ‘theory-practice’ divide.

The book examines the changing nature of demand faced by these organisations, whose response to multi-casualty incidents has attracted praise but has also highlighted serious concerns about resources, funding levels, operational doctrine, effectiveness of leadership and the sustainability of these organisations.

Providing an analysis of the changing landscape of emergency service provision, one of the key highlights is the engagement of academic, scholars and leading practitioners in the field to co-produce this volume.

Professor Wankhade said:

“The book guides the readers not only on substantial differences in terms of organisational and management practices across the blue-light services in the era of fiscal austerity, but also suggests significant changes affecting the nature of work, organization, managerial scrutiny and professional identity in these services.

“This volume makes an important contribution to the subject of emergency services management and to public administration and organization studies more generally. It critically assesses developments in emergency services management by examining the multi-dimensional nature of the provision of emergency services and their connectedness in advanced western democracies. We make a call for further collaborative research addressing the complexities of emergency services.”

Co-edited with Professor Leo McCann (University of York) and Professor Peter Murphy (Nottingham Trent University, this book has been published as part of the Routledge Critical Studies in Public Management, which publishes titles that both explore and evaluate the emergent and developing nature of public administration, management and governance. This first title on the emergency services is dedicated to presenting and critiquing this important body of theory and empirical study in an important but under-research field of management enquiry.

Professor Paresh Wankhade is an expert in the field of public sector management with a known expertise in emergency services management.  He is the Programme leader for the UK’s first bespoke Professional Doctorate in Emergency Services Management . He is the Editor-In-Chief of International Journal of Emergency Services. He has published widely in top academic journals and professional publications on strategic leadership, organisational culture, organisational change and interoperability between the emergency services. He regularly speaks at related events and writes opinion pieces. His recent work (co-authored with professionals) has explored leadership and management perspectives in the Ambulance , Police  and Fire & Rescue Services.  He is also a Trustee at the Fire Service Research & Training Trust.

Critical Perspectives on the Management and Organization of Emergency Services is available here.