Politics staff in the School of Social Sciences

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Academic staff


Dr Jack Bailey
Research Associate, the British Election Study

Research specialisms: Economic voting, British politics, elections and voting behaviour, public opinion, quantitative methods, Bayesian methods, and survey research.


Dr Elena Barabantseva

Senior Lecturer

Research specialisms: The politics of national reproduction, migration, citizenship, ethnicity, identity, and borders in globalising China, audio-visual methodologies.


Dr Ali Bhagat
Lecturer in International Relations

Research specialisms: Global Political Economy, Race and Racism, Big Tech, Finance, Migration, and the capitalist state


Dr Luke Bhatia
Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: Social movements and culture, human rights, 21st-century authoritarianism, Middle Eastern politics, international political sociology. 


Dr Ian Bruff
Senior Lecturer in European Politics

Research specialisms: Critical political economy, European political economy, neoliberalism, critical social theory, capitalist diversity. 


Dr Marta Cantijoch Cunill
Q-Step Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: Political participation, elections and electoral behaviour, political communication, new media and social media, quantitative methods and survey research. 


Dr Greig Charnock
Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: Contemporary global capitalism, crisis and austerity in Europe, critical theory (Marxism), theories of the production of space. 


Dr Richard Child
Lecturer in Political Theory

Research specialisms: Nations and nationalism, global justice and social justice, punishment theory, theories of legitimate authority, rights. 


Dr Martin Coward
Reader in International Politics

Research specialisms: Conflict and security, infrastructure, materiality, poststructuralist international relations theory, popular culture. 


Dr Stephen De Wijze
Senior Lecturer

Research specialisms: The problem of 'dirty hands', political morality and the means/ends problem in politics, Anglo-American theories of justice, secular theories of evil, democracy and representation. 


Dr Carl Death
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

Research specialisms: African politics, development studies, environmental politics, protest and resistance.


Prof Jenny Edkins
Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: Postcolonialism, class, race and gender, aesthetics and creative practice, psychoanalytic approaches. 


Prof Robert Ford
Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: Radical right politics, politics of immigration, elections and electoral behaviour, public opinion, quantitative methods and survey research.


Prof Ed Fieldhouse
Professor of Social and Political Science

Research specialisms: Elections and electoral behaviour, voter turnout and registration, local campaigning, electoral geography.


Prof Francesca Gains
Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: Public policy, policy agendas, gender and politics, British politics, devolution and local government. 


Prof Rachel Gibson 
Professor of Political Science

Research specialisms: Digital technology and political parties, new media communication and campaigning. 


Dr Jess Gifkins
Lecturer in International Relations

Research specialisms: The United Nations, international security, the responsibility to protect (R2P), practices, legitimacy. 


Dr Jonathan Gilmore
Lecturer in International Relations

Research specialisms: Ethics and foreign policy, cosmopolitanism, human security, protection of civilians, critical military studies. 


Dr Felipe Gonzalez Santos
Research Associate, MOBILISE project

Research specialisms: Social movements, protest, mixed methods research


Prof Yoram Gorlizki

Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: Russian, Soviet and Eurasian politics, theories of dictatorship.


Prof Peter Gries
Professor of Chinese Politics

Research specialisms: Chinese politics and foreign policy, American foreign policy, US-China relations, the political psychology of international affairs, nationalism. 


Dr Stephen Hood
Lecturer in Political Theory

Research specialisms: Contemporary political theory, social justice, the political theory of socioeconomic institutions, the ethics of markets and competition.


Dr Sherilyn MacGregor
Reader in Environmental Politics

Research specialisms: Environmental politics, feminist/gender politics, urban sustainability, social movements, citizenship and participation. 


Dr Nicole Martin
Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: Elections and comparative politics, immigration, race and ethnicity, public opinion, candidates and representation.


Dr Cristina Masters
Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: Feminist international relations theory, gender, war, violence, critical methodologies. 


Dr Laura McLeod
Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: Gender and post-conflict peacebuilding, feminist security studies, feminist organising, Former Yugoslavia and United Nations.


Dr Jonathan Mellon
Senior Research Fellow


Prof Kevin Morgan
Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: Political ideas and ideologies, 20th-century British politics, European communism, labour movements and the radical left, political biography, interviewing and life-histories. 


Dr Aoileann Ní Mhurchú
Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: International migration, identity and belonging, citizenship, subjectivity, postcolonial and decolonial studies, language, and borders – focus on inter-generation migration, ambiguity, and voice.


Ms Theresa Ó Brádaigh Bean
Research Associate


Dr Timothy J Oliver
Lecturer in British Politics and Public Policy

Research specialisms: British politics, international relations, British foreign policy, British political history, qualitative research methods.


Dr Olga Onuch
Senior Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: Comparative politics of protest, elections, migration and identity, Eastern Europe and Latin America (Ukraine, Poland, Argentina, Brazil), surveys and language-based ethnographic fieldwork.


Prof Dimitris Papadimitriou
Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: EU politics and public policy, EU enlargement, EU external relations, varieties of capitalism, Greek politics.


Prof Matthew Paterson
Professor of International Politics

Research specialisms: Climate change politics, environmental political economy, cultural


Dr James Pattison
Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: Just war theory, humanitarian intervention and the responsibility, the alternatives to war, international ethics, the privatisation of war. 


Dr Veronique Pin-Fat
Senior Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: Ethics, international relations theory, human rights, resistance and subjectivity.


Dr Sandra Pogodda
Lecturer in Peace and Conflict Studies

Research specialisms: the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), revolutions, Arab uprisings, state formation, peace and conflict studies.


Dr Chris Prosser
Research Fellow


Dr Jasmin Ramovic
Lecturer in Peace and Conflict studies

Research specialisms: Peace and conflict studies, peacebuilding (particularly in the Balkans), international political economy, ethnographic research methods.


Prof David Richards
Head of Politics 

Research specialisms: Public policy, governance, globalisation, state theory, political biography.


Prof Liz Richardson
Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: Participatory research methods, public policy and co-production, urban governance, social justice and accountability, civic participation.


Prof Oliver Richmond
Research Professor

Research specialisms: Peace and conflict studies, peacebuilding, statebuilding, critical IR theory.


Dr Adrienne Roberts
Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: International political economy, feminist political economy, gender, social reproduction, debt.


Prof Miriam Ronzoni
Professor of Political Theory

Research specialisms: Global justice, global institutional design, methodological issues in political theory.


Dr Clara Sandelind
Lecturer in Political Theory

Research specialisms: Political theories of immigration, asylum and nationalism.


Dr Christian Schemmel
Senior Lecturer in Political Theory

Research specialisms: Contemporary political theory, social justice and equality, global justice, the political theory of the welfare state, moral psychology.


Dr Liam Shields
Lecturer in Political Theory

Research specialisms: Distributive justice, sufficientarianism, equality of opportunity and education, fairness in university admissions, the ethics of parenting and procreation.


Dr Stuart Shields
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy

Research specialisms: International political economy, Eastern Europe, regional development banks, Gramsci, populism.


Dr Rosalind Shorrocks
Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: Gender and politics, voting behaviour, public opinion, quantitative methods.


Dr Daniel Silver
Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: Urban experimentation and social transformation, social change at a municipal level, transitions to post-capitalist futures, critical participatory action research, politics of knowledge production.


Prof Maria Sobolewska
Professor of Political Science

Research specialisms: Elections and voting behaviour, public opinion, immigrant integration, race, ethnicity and religion.


Dr Azadeh Sobout
Research Associate

Research specialisms: Critical Urban Studies, Post-war Reconstruction and Peace Building, Transitional Justice, Refugees and Forced Migration, Middle East Studies, Research Ethics. 


Dr David Stroup
Lecturer in Chinese Studies

Research specialisms: Research specialisms: Chinese Politics, China’s ethnic politics, Islam in China, nationalism and ethnic politics, everyday nationalism, the politics of authoritarian states, state-society relations. 


Dr Shogo Suzuki
Senior Lecturer

Research specialisms: International relations theory, East Asia, Chinese and Japanese foreign policy, Sino-Japanese relations.


Dr Louise Thompson
Senior Lecturer in Politics 

Research specialisms: UK parliament, legislation, representation, political parties, political engagement/participation.


Dr David Tobin
Hallsworth Research Fellow


Dr Paul Tobin
Senior Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: European politics, environmental politics, public policy, multi-level governance, comparative methods.


Dr Silke Trommer
Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: International political economy, international trade, development, social movements, gender and IPE.


Dr Nick Turnbull 
Lecturer in Politics

Research specialisms: Public policy, governance, slavery and trafficking policy, political rhetoric, political questioning.


Dr Juri Viehoff
Lecturer in Political Theory

Research specialisms: Theories of justice, moral theory, authority, economic institutions, European Union.


Dr Catherine Walker
Research Associate, ‘Young people at a crossroads: negotiations of environmental knowledges, practices and subjectivities in immigrant homes at a time of climate crisis'

Research Specialisms: Environmental politics, sociology of childhood and the family, geographies of children and youth.


Dr Samuel Warner
Research Associate, ‘Public expenditure planning and control in complex times: A study of Whitehall departments' relationship to the Treasury (1993-present)’

Research specialisms: British politics, (de/re)politicisation, governance, state theory, archival analysis.


Prof Georgina Waylen
Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: Gender and politics, comparative politics, feminist institutionalism, international political economy. 


Prof Andy Westwood
Professor of Government Practice; Vice Dean for Social Responsibility and a Director of the ESRC Productivity Institute

Research specialisms: British politics, government and public policy, devolution and cities, further and higher education policy, science and innovation. 


Dr Jeffery Whyte
Newton International Postdoctoral Fellow

Research specialisms: Psychological warfare, cybersecurity, disinformation, US foreign policy


Prof Angelia Wilson
Professor of Politics

Research specialisms: American politics, religion and politics, gender and sexuality studies.


Prof Maja Zehfuss
Professor of International Politics

Research specialisms: Migration, war, memory, poststructural thought.


Dr Andreja Zevnik
Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: Critical race studies, marginalised communities, politics of resistance and mobilisation, political philosophy and psychoanalysis, subjectivity.  


Departmental Administrator

Val Lenferna
Email: val.lenferna@manchester.ac.uk
Away on secondment until 1 August 2021

Monika Szabova
Email: monika.szabova@manchester.ac.uk
Department Administrator until 31 July 2021