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Professor Francesca Gains

Francesca Gains is the Head of Politics and Professor of Public Policy. Before becoming an academic she worked in local government & the probation service, and has both government funded and Parliamentary research experience. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Policy, Local Government Studies and the International Review of Administrative Sciences. Her research explores the relationship between political management arrangements and policy outcomes.  Current projects investigate of the politics of regulatory decisions examining Impact assessments across Whitehall Departments (Leverhulme funded); and new arrangements to support Police and Crime Commissioners (with Vivien Lowndes) linked with ERC funded Understanding Institutional Change research.

Professor Yoram Gorlizki 

Yoram has been at the University of Manchester since 1994, as a Professor since 2006. He has been the sole principal investigator on two ESRC grants (R00022676, R000230880), the outputs of both of which were rated "outstanding" by ESRC assessors, and the recipient of numerous small grants from the British Academy and other bodies. In 2005 his co-authored book Cold Peace won the Alec Nove Prize of the British Association of Slavic and East European Studies for its "outstanding contribution to the field" and was selected as a CHOICE "Outstanding Academic Title." He is on the Editorial Board of the journal Government and Opposition and was, from 2001-2007, its review editor. He has been a member of the ESRC Politics, Economics and Geography Research College and was, from 2000-2005, Chair of the Validation Panel for the Moscow School of Social Sciences.

Dr Olga Onuch (cluster chair)

Olga is the CPPI Research Cluster Chair and convenor of the Comparative Politics Seminar Series. She is a leading expert in Ukrainian and Argentine politics. Her work includes the comparative study of protest politics, political behaviour and institutions, and good governance in democratizing states in Latin American and Eastern Europe. Onuch is an Associate Fellow at Nuffield College at the University of Oxford and in 2017 she is a Visiting Fellow at the Davis Centre at Harvard University. She is available for media interviews on topics of protest, elections in Eastern Europe and Latin America and her research has appeared in the Washington Post, The Guardian,  The Times, BBC World, ITV, Sky News, Al Jazeera, AFP, Radio France, HromadskeTV, among others. 

Professor Dimitris Papadimitriou

Dimitris’ research interests revolve around two main themes: contemporary Greek politics and the European Union's relations with Eastern Europe. He is the Director of the the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (JMCE), the Co-Convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Southeast Europe and the Co-Editor of the book series on European Policy (Manchester University Press) and Contemporary Greece (Hurst Publishers).

Professor Dave Richards 

Dave’s main research interests are in British politics, Australian politics, public policy, governance, globalisation, state theory and political biography.  He is currently researching: the changing role of the state through a critique of the literatures on governance, democracy and accountability, the regulatory state and implementation; leaks and whistle blowing in government; a multi-theoretical study on diffuse water pollution; UK institutions and crisis in the 21st century; and finally the role of political biography in political analysis.

Dr Liz Richardson 

Liz is a Reader in Politics at the University of Manchester. Her research interests are in civic participation, urban governance, public sector reform, and methodological innovation.  She is a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).  Her current projects include Jam and Justice, a 3-year ESRC funded project on inclusive decentralized governance.

Professor Hermann Schmitt

Herman’s research interests focus, among other things, on comparative partisanship, electoral behaviour in multi-level electoral systems, and on political representation in the European Union. He has been a contributor to (and sometimes also a co-ordinator of) a number of international research groups, among them the European Election Studies (EES, co-ordinator with Cees van der Eijk and Mark Franklin), the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES), the ESF-funded Beliefs in Government network, the TMR network on Political Representation in Europe funded under the 5th Framework Programme (co-ordinator), the European Voter project, INTUNE (a co-operative project funded under the 6th Framework Programme), EUROPOLIS (a co-operative project funded under the 6th Framework Programme), the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS, co-ordinator), and the COST-funded True European Voter (TEV, co-ordinator with Paolo Segatti).

Dr Kathryn Simpson‎  

Kathryn Is a Research Associate at CCSR. She is an expert in comparative European politics, political behaviour and public opinion. Her research covers how attitudes to inequality are linked to attitudes to European integration as well as the link between public attitudes to inequality and public attitudes to the European Union in the context of economic crisis. She is Editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER). Kathryn is also an Executive Member and Trustee of the Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) committee.

Dr Colin Talbot

Colin's main area of expertise in is public services and public management reform. He has completed major international comparative studies on the creation of arms-length agencies (for the UK government and ESRC); of the use of performance reporting systems (for the National Audit Office); and of budget participation and scrutiny systems (for the Scottish Parliament). Colin has advised Parliamentary Committees on performance and public spending issues for the Treasury, Public Administration and Welsh Affairs Committees. He is currently looking at the interface between academia and policymaking through a series of studies and experimental virtual "Policy Labs".

Dr Paul Tobin

Paul Tobin is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester, where he researches comparative, European, and environmental politics. Currently, he is researching the impacts of the economic crisis on environmental policy across Europe, as well as comparative European climate politics. Paul’s PhD thesis won was named Best Thesis in Contemporary European Studies, and he is available for media interviews related to his fields of expertise.

Dr Nick Turnbull

Nick’s work is in three interrelated areas, governance studies, political rhetoric and the contribution of constructivist philosophy to these areas. His research on governance centres on the politics of policy making. He researches and teaches about political conflict around public policy issues, including welfare state politics, and is interested in what these political dynamics say about power in contemporary society. His work on political rhetoric primarily concerns the philosophy of rhetoric, investigating how rhetorical concepts can be integrated into political studies.

Professor Georgina Waylen 

Georgina’s main research interests lie in the fields of comparative politics/political economy with a focus on gender and politics, international political economy, transitions to democracy, and governance and institutions.  She is a co-director of the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN) and a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.  She is currently the PI for a five year European Research Council Advanced Grant 'Understanding Institutional Change: A Gender Perspective'

Dr Angelia Wilson

Angie’s current research project is entitled "Constructing social values as a political strategy: What are the strategies and mechanism by which the US Christian Right builds political constituencies?". This research includes original empirical research, interviews with Tea Party members and participant observation in over a dozen 'grassroots' gatherings such as the Values Voters Washington Briefing, the National Religious Broadcasters Convention, Exodus International and the Conservative Political Action Committee.