Professor of Politics
Director: Legislative Studies and Practice
Politics and public policy in the UK, women and politics, feminism and nationalism, supervision of the final year undergraduate internship programme.
My major current interest is in the outworking of the devolution project in the UK, more especially its fitful implementation in Northern Ireland. Since 1999, I have been the co-coordinator of the Northern Ireland devolution monitoring team, which between 1999 and 2005 produced quarterly reports on the devolution and peace processes in the region and since 2006 four-monthly reports on the same. The restoration of devolution in May 2007 has narrowed the focus of the reports onto the performance of the devolved institutions, and my particular interest lies in the performance of both the Assembly (including its committee system) and the Executive. I am especially interested in the evidence of both joined-up government within the Executive and of joined-up scrutiny within the Assembly. The research is co-funded by the ESRC and a number of Government departments (the 1999-2005 project was co-funded by the ESRC and the Leverhulme Foundation). In addition to the monitoring reports, the wider project has produced the annual State of the Nations series, each of which contains a chapter co-written with Robin Wilson, on Northern Ireland.
I am happy to supervise research in the following areas: Contemporary Northern Ireland politics and policy; the governance of divided societies; territorial politics; women and political representation; women in divided societies; parliamentary institutions and parliamentary reform.