Karen Johnston is Professor of Organisational Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK. Her research focusses on public management and leadership, public governance, gender equality and representative bureaucracies. She has extensive academic and research experience having worked in leading universities in South Africa, USA and UK, and for government and civil society organisations. She has published extensively in highly ranked journals such as Public Administration; and books such as the Handbook on International Public Administration and Governance by Edward Elgar and Making and Managing Public Policy by Routledge. Prof. Johnston is executive member of a number of learned societies as such the International Research Society for Public Management and the European Group for Public Administration.