Charlie Jeffrey was educated at Loughborough University where he completed a B.A. (Hons.) and a Ph.D. in European Studies. He was a Lecturer at the University of Leicester before moving to the University of Birmingham in 1994, where he was Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. He was appointed Professor of German Politics in 1999. Since coming to Edinburgh in 2004, Charlie has been Co-Director of the Institute of Governance (2004-09) and Head of the School of Social & Political Science (2009-12).
Jeffrey has been an advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004-05), the Committee on Standards in Public Life (2002-07), the EU Committee of the Regions (2002-05), and was a member of the Independent Expert Group on Finance advising the Commission on Scottish Devolution (2008-09). He is a member of the editorial board of Regional & Federal Studies having previously served as Managing Editor. He was formerly a member of the Council of the ESRC (2005-11), chairing its Research Committee. During 2012-13 Charlie was one of six members of the McKay Commission examining the issues raised by the West Lothian Question.
Currently, Jeffrey is a member of the Politics and International Studies sub-panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and has been appointed Research Coordinator for the ESRC's Future of the UK and Scotland programme. Since 2011 he has been Chair of the UK Political Studies Association.