Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, Queen's University Belfast

I am interested in how political parties and voters adapt to new situations, in particular how parties and voters have responded to devolution in the UK and beyond. I have conducted research on party organisational changes in Spain and Britain, investigating and codifying the relationship between the central level of statewide parties and their ‘regional’ branches. In the context of devolution, I am increasingly interested in the issue of citizens’ response to devolution and citizens’ understanding of devolution, and what they mean for democratic accountability.

In addition, I have recently developed an interest in ‘unusual’ voting situations such as external voting (expatriate vote in national elections) and the vote of non-national EU citizens in the local, devolved and European elections (EU citizens voting in a country other than their own).

Finally, I remain interested in French politics. I have become country co-ordinator (France) for the Political Party Database Working Group, a research network that studies and gathers comparative quantitative data on the organisation of political parties across 19 countries.

I am the co-convenor of the ECPR Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism and book review editor for Regional and Federal Studies. I am also on the editorial board of the journal Fédéralisme et Régionalisme.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer in Politics and International Studies, Queen's University Belfast