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Reader in Politics and Co-Director, Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, Aston University

Carolyn is Reader in Politics and co-directs the Aston Centre for Europe (@Aston_ACE), an inter-disciplinary hub for policy-relevant research and knowledge transfer on Europe at Aston. Carolyn has expertise in the analysis of territorial politics in the EU, German federalism and devolution in the UK. Her current work on paradiplomacy is part of a wider project supported by the Coppieters Foundation, Brussels ( She has provided analysis on the role of Brexit, devolved governance and the role of the German Länder in the European Union to a number of external organisations, including several EU institutions, the Scottish Parliament, the UK Shadow Europe team, CIPFA and a large manufacturing association.

Carolyn is currently working on a DAAD-funded research project assessing new modes of multi-level governance that have emerged during the crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic ("Shifting Territorial Governance after the Pandemic"), along with Aston colleagues Dr. Caroline Gray, Dr. Ed Turner and Dr. Davide Vampa.

Carolyn previously managed the New EU Agenda series at Aston, a set of public workshops and debates designed to engage a broad audience in European policy issues.


  • –present
    Co-Director, Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, Aston University


  • 2005 
    University of Birmingham , PhD in European Politics