Dr Stephen Haraldsen

Dr. Stephen Haraldsen

Research Fellow in Public Value Management

Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise

Samuel Lindow Building, SLB112

+44 (0) 1946 517233


Subject Areas: Energy and Sustainability, Politics and International Relations, Geography and Environment

Dr Haraldsen has been involved with the University since 2008, from joining a commercial subsidiary company as a Consultant in Applied Policy Science in 2008 through various roles and a reading for a PhD to be appointed as a Research Fellow in Public Value Management in 2017.

Stephen is as a political geographer, with research focusing upon the relationship between projects and their wider contexts such as hazardous facility siting and the public value of large infrastructure developments.

Full Profile

Stephen is currently a Research Fellow in Public Value Management in the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise and is based at the University’s campus in west Cumbria.  His current research focusses on developing and implementing a new approach to the measurement, monitoring, maximising and embedding of the value to the public of policies, plans and projects.  This work is sponsored by the Samuel Lindow Foundation, an independent educational charity.

Stephen has conducted contract research, including organising the UK element of a European Commission Sixth Framework Project Community Waste Management in Practice (www.cowam.com) on the governance of radioactive waste from 2008 to 2010, including representing the UK at a European level for the project management and co-authoring reports and papers.  Following two years working in various freelance capacities for UCLan and group companies, including project managing a number of charitable activities for the Samuel Lindow Foundation, in 2012 Stephen embarked on a PhD exploring the spatial governance of West Cumbria and the role of the nuclear industry.  The work which has been presented to various international conferences and is being published in several journals.

In 2015 Stephen was brought in to rescue a Knowledge Transfer Partnership following staff illness, which involved delivering and evaluating the pilot of a novel anti-natal intervention to extend the traditional anti-natal classed with four additional sessions aimed at developing parental abilities to deal with child attachment, personalities and resilience.

Previous teaching has included leading foundation degree modules on the history and governance of the nuclear industry, undergraduate teaching in global politics and postgraduate teaching social sciences related to the nuclear industry and broader environmental decision making.


PhD, Political Geography, University of Central Lancashire, 2018

Project Management Qualification, Association for Project Management (APM), 2017

BSc (Hons) Sustainable Development, University of St Andrew,s 2008


Research Activities

Public value management

Research Groups

Applied Policy Science Unit (APSU)

External Affiliations and Roles

2012 – 2017: Ministry of Defence Submarine Dismantling Project Advisory Group and site selection sub-group