Professor of European Politics
Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Science
Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges
Convenor, MA in European Union Politics
Director of Postgraduate Research Students
Contact Details Room 024.01.004
tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3744
My teaching interests are focused on contemporary European politics and especially the politics of the European Union and EU enlargement. I currently convene and teach the following modules:
I am also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium where I teach on EU Enlargement as part of the MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy.
I am interested in supervising PhD students investigating various aspects of European politics, most notably relating to the EU, its enlargements (past and present), its external relations (e.g. the European Neighbourhood Policy, the European Economic Area, EU-Swiss relations), and its institutional and constitutional development (e.g EU treaty reform). I am also interested in supervising students working on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union.
Current and recent thesis topics supervised include: Romania, Turkey and the European Union; Europeanization and environmental policy-making in Central and Eastern Europe; Kaliningrad and Europeanization; small states in the Common Foreign and Security Policy; Ukraine and Moldova between the EU and Russia; the influence of international politics on the meaning of norms; anti-corruption networks in Russia.
My main research interests cover three broad areas:
The institutional and constitutional development of the European, notably EU treaty negotiations and reform: research focuses on the negotiation of successive treaties since the Treaties of Rome and the impact that later treaties – such as the Treaty of Nice or the Treaty of Lisbon – have had on the structure and content of the EU's treaty base.
EU enlargement: the interest here is primarily on the historical and contemporary evolution of the dynamics of enlargement and how these have affected and affect the membership prospects of applicant and candidate countries. The research considers the interrelated roles and evolution of member state interests, institutional activism, conditionality, narratives of enlargement and public opinion. Past research has focused in particular on the Romanian case. Current research considers, in comparative perspective, the positions of Turkey and the countries in South-Eastern Europe within the EU enlargement process as well as the prospects for other current (e.g. Iceland) and would-be applicants (e.g. Moldova, Ukraine).
EU external relations: research is concerned notably with the different forms of relations (especially association) that the EU has created (e.g. European Economic Area, Stabilization and Association Agreements, EU-Swiss bilaterals) and is creating with European non-member states (e.g. Moldova, Ukraine) and how these have contributed to the accession, where desired, of the non-member state. The research focuses on historical and contemporary cases. It considers too the viability of various forms of relations as alternatives to membership.
See below for selected publications
Director of Postgraduate Research Students (2009-); Teaching Assistant Coordinator (2009-); Director of Education (2005-07; 2008-09)
I am an active member and former (2005-2008) elected committee member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), the UK’s professional body for those involved in teaching and research in the area of European Studies. I was from 2001-2005 the association's treasurer. I currently chair the UK Selection Committee for the College of Europe (http://www.uaces.org/students/coleurop/).
I have been an Associate Fellow with the European Programme at Chatham House (2004-2007).
During 2010-11 I was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Senior Research Analyst specializing on European Union matters.
I have been external examiner for PhDs at the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Limerick, Wales Aberystwyth, and West of England as well as University College Dublin. I have also been external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds.
I am a member of the Peer Review College of the Economic and Social Research Council, a reviewer for the European Science Foundation, and currently external examiner for the University of Manchester and the National University of Ireland.
Selected Recent and Forthcoming Publications