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Teaching and research staff within Politics


Dr Elena Barabantseva
Senior Lecturer

Research specialisms: The politics of national reproduction, migration, citizenship, borders in globalising China.


Dr Kavan 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
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


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. 


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, political psychology of international affairs, nationalism. 


Dr Stephen Hood
Lecturer in Political Theory

Research specialisms: Political theory, distributive justice, concerns relating to markets and competition. 


Prof Peter Lawler
Professor of Politics


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


Dr Jon Mellon
Hallsworth Fellow

Research specialisms: Voter behaviour, immigration attitudes, survey methodology, British politics, comparative political behaviour.


Dr Caroline Metz
Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: Global political economy, feminist political economy, EU politics, the politics of money, finance and debt. 


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 Nicola Mulkeen
Lecturer in Political Theory

Research specialisms: Intergenerational justice, climate change, exploitation, responsibility, rights.


Dr Aoileann Ní Mhurchú
Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: Inter-generational migration studies, identity and belonging, postcolonial/decolonial studies, aesthetics and the sensory, voice and resistance as music/language.


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 political economy, social network analysis.


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


Dr Chris Prosser
Presidential Fellow

Research specialisms: Political behaviour, political psychology, elections, British politics, polling.


Dr Jasmin Ramovic
Lecturer in Peace and Conflict studies

Research specialisms: Peacebuilding, international political economy, ethnography in peace studies, everyday peace, social movements.


Prof David Richards
Head of Politics 

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


Liz Richardson
Reader in 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.


Dr Miriam Ronzoni
Reader in Political Theory

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


Dr Christian Schemmel
Lecturer in Political Theory

Research specialisms: Contemporary political theory, social justice and equality, global justice, 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 Andrew Slack
Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: Postcolonial and post-structuralist theory, migration and citizenship, bordering practices, modern slavery and human trafficking, gender and sexuality.


Prof Maria Sobolewska
Professor of Political Science

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


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 Fellow in Chinese Political Economy


Dr Paul Tobin
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 Robert Watt
Lecturer in International Politics

Research specialisms: International political economy, environmental politics, climate change, development studies.


Prof Georgina Waylen
Professor of Politics

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


Dr Andy Westwood
Lecturer in Politics

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


Prof Angelia Wilson
Professor of Politics

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


Dr Japhy Wilson
Lecturer in International Political Economy

Research specialisms: The politics of development, the critique of ideology, the production of space, uprisings and utopias, Latin America.


Prof Maja Zehfuss
Professor of International Politics

Research specialisms: Migration, war, memory, continental 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.  


Professional support services (PSS) staff in Politics

  • Rabia Nawaz - BASS Programme Administrator
  • Amanda Bridgeman - PGT Administrator
  • Shau Chan - BAEcon Programme Administrator
  • Ann Cronley - PGR Administrator
  • Bernadette Julien - BAEcon Programme Secretary
  • Val Lenferna -   Administrative support to Politics
  • Carla Liburd - School Resources Manager
  • Hannah Mooney - 4th floor Receptionist
  • Jay Burke - Undergraduate Assistant
  • Noemie Rouault - School Conference Officer
  • Paul Smith - Head of Student Support Services
  • Julie Tierney Undergraduate Administrator
  • Philippa Wilson - Student Welfare Officer