Ed Turner is Reader in Politics at Aston University in Birmingham and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe. He wrote his doctorate about the impact of political parties on public policy at the sub-national level in Germany, and retains a keen interest in all aspects of modern German politics. He has been involved in several research projects funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), on Christian Democracy, Federalism, Housing and most recently Social Democracy. He is currently acting chair of the International Association for the Study of German Politics.
He is also active in local government in the UK, and has served on a number of reviews of housing policy, including the Lyons Review. He is a referee in non-league football.