I joined Keele in January 2013 as a Teaching Fellow in European Politics. I was awarded an MA in European Studies from the University of Portsmouth in 2008 and obtained my PhD from the University of Portsmouth in 2016.
My teaching duties at Keele focus mainly on the European Union and Comparative Politics, while my research interests centre around the role of sub-national authorities in European Union politics.
My research focuses on the Europeanization of sub-national government and local authorities actively engage with the European Union, often bypassing their national governments. As part of this my PhD thesis investigated engagement in transnational networking undertaken by local authorities in centralized and unitary states, assessing its extent, the motivations held by those participating and how effectively they engage.
I am now seeking to broaden these conclusions and conduct a comparative analysis with the activities of sub-national government in decentralized and federal states.