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Christopher Kirkland

Senior Lecturer in Politics, York St John University

I am currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Politics at York St John University. I have previously held positions at the University of Sheffield, the University of Liverpool, University of Leicester and the University of Winchester.

My current research interests are situated within British politics. I have published a Work exploring British elections, including the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, the (UK) Labour Party and the 2007 Global Financial crisis.


  • 2018–present
    Lecturer in Politics, York St John University
  • 2017–2018
    Teaching Fellow, The University of Leicester
  • 2016–2017
    Lecturer, The University of Liverpool
  • 2017–2017
    Lecturer, The University of Winchester
  • 2015–2016
    Teaching Assoicate, The University of Sheffield


  • 2015 
    The University of Sheffield, PhD
  • 2011 
    The University of Nottingham, MA Politics (Research Track)


  • 2023
    British Politics, Weakness not crisis: Brexit and the UK constitution
  • 2022
    Labours Economic Ideology Since 1900: Developed Through Crises,
  • 2020
    Classifying Elections in Britain,
  • 2017
    Government and Opposition, Legitimacy and Legitimization in Low Turnout Ballots
  • 2017
    The Political Economy of Britain in Crisis,
  • 2015
    The Political Quarterly , PCC Elections as a ‘Failed Experiment’: What Lessons can be Learned?
  • 2015
    British Politics, Thatcherism and the Origins of the 2007 Crisis