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Professor McGowan’s research focuses on European Politics. He is particularly interested in the structures of EU governance with special reference to European competition policy; the relationship between the UK and the EU; the theme of far right and populist politics and political violence.

This research has particular relevance to recent developments and explores two of the most salient themes, Brexit and populism. The objective of the research activity is to advance knowledge and understanding of both research areas.

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Professor McGowan is open to PhD applications in the fields of; 

  • The Politics of Brexit

  • Populism in Europe and North America

  • Far Right Politics

  • Right-wing violence in Europe

  • Competition policy and single market governance

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  • Awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration by the European Commission in 2016
  • Has held three ESRC grants looking at the interface between Northern Ireland and the EU with reference to institutions of governance, public opinion and the implications of Brexit
  • • Held a British Academy research grant on Far Right Parties in the European Parliament and looked at the case of the British National Party.




Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice


Research students

PhD Title: Populism in the UK, Germany and Austria

Name: Rebecca Kerr
Years of Study: 1
Country: Ireland


Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Malin Stegmann-McCallion

PhD Title: Regions and Regionalism in Sweden

Years of Study: 2001-04
Country: Sweden
Current position: Reader in Politics, Karlstad University, Sweden

Dr Mary Murphy

PhD Title: Northern Ireland: The European Dimension to Devolution in Northern Ireland

Years of Study: 1999-2002
Country: Ireland
Current position: Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, University College Cork

Dr Darren McCauley

PhD Title: Interest Group Mobilisation in France

Years of Study: 2006-09
Country: UK
Current position: Senior Lecturer, School of Geography and Sustainable Development, St Andrews University, Scotland

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