My main academic focus is on post-war British politics, and in particular the key ideologies and theories that shape policy-making. My PhD research focused on the evolution and development of Conservative social policy after the party lost office in 1997, and how social policy in particular changed and evolved over the next two decades, incorporating thirteen years of opposition and five years of coalition government. Specific focus was given to core policy developments such as free schools, The Big Society and NHS restructuring.
This academic background has enhanced my teaching specialisms which include the policy agendas of UK political parties and their ideological traditions. I have also taken such theoretical information and applied it to the teaching and study of international politics, specifically how various political ideologies and traditions have shaped the global political scene and international relations also.
Key education and main publications:
B.A (Hons.) University of Liverpool (1995)- Modern History and Politics
MA, Politics and Irish Studies, University of Liverpool (2009)
PhD, 'Warm Words or real change?: Conservative social policy since 1997', University of Liverpool (2013)
Author of 'The Evolution of Conservative Party Social Policy' (2015)
Co-author (with Kevin Hickson), 'John Major: An Unsuccessful Prime Minister?' (2017)
Member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
Author of various articles, contributor to academic textbooks, and provider of political media commentary.