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Associate Professor in British Politics, University of Southampton

My main research interests lie in the area of British politics, and I have a particular interest in the Westminster parliament. My general research interests encompass: British executive-legislative relations; UK constitutional politics and reform; devolution in the UK; issues of political disengagement and democratic renewal. I also have interests in institutional theory, British public policy and public policy analysis.

In January 2010, I began a three-year, ESRC-funded research project entitled 'The Scrutiny Universe: The House of Commons Select Committees and the Psychology of Group Processes' (RES-061-25-0391). This project will explore how the Commons select committees fulfil their task of holding the government to account, and will do so by utilising the insights of social psychology and group processes in order to understand how MPs manage their party identities and regulate partisan conflict in an 'all-party' institutional environment.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Southampton