Originally from London, Stephen has been teaching at Bangor University Law School in North Wales, United Kingdom, since 2011. His research interests are in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, public procurement, mooting and legal education. He is currently the Programme Lead for LLB Law with Politics; LLB Law with Philosophy; and LLB Law with History, and serves as Module Leader for Public Law and Legal Skills at Bangor University.
His previous research has explored areas of constitutional law; constitutional principles (including the Rule of Law, separation of powers, and Parliamentary sovereignty); comparative constitutionalism; devolution; local government law; human rights; ministerial responsibility and accountability; public procurement; Brexit and the relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom; legal education; politics and political theory; and judicial diversity and independence.
His work has been published by leading international journals such: European Public Law; European Procurement & Public Private Partnership Law Review; Legal Studies - the Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars; European Politeia; The Law Teacher- Taylor & Francis Group; the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Socio-Legal Studies; Universidad de Cadiz Euroempleo Journal (Spain); The Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education; and the Journal of the Campus Law Centre (India).
Stephen is also currently Co-Editor of "Public Procurement Law and Practice" (Sweet and Maxwell, Thomson Reuters).
He has previously conducted research for the then National Assembly for Wales’ Independent Remuneration Board into "Barriers to Standing for the Welsh Assembly"; and has provided research support to the work of the 3.7 million Euro Winning in Tendering project, which was aimed at transforming the public tendering experience of Small Indigenous Suppliers (SISs include both SMEs and Third Sector organisations such as Charities) in the INTERREG Ireland/Wales region. In 2015 Stephen was appointed as a Public Procurement Law Specialist to TESLA (Transnational Ecosystem Laboratory & Actions), a 3.8 Million Euro INTERREG IVB North West funded project.The aim of TESLA was to support the growth and development of early stage High Potential Start Up (HPSU) companies in Ireland, Wales, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands through a programme of transnational pilot innovation and business support initiatives.
In recent years Stephen's research has been awarded a Santander Universities Mobility Award- to research devolution comparisons between the UK and Spain; the Ernest Walder Scholarship by Gladstone's Library to conduct research into the future for the UK Union; the Stan Marsh 'Best Poster Prize' by the Association of Law Teachers, at the 52nd Annual Conference; the Edward Elgar Publishing ‘Best Poster Prize’ by the Society of Legal Scholars, at the 105th Annual Conference; a Bangor University 125th Anniversary Bursary; a Drapers Company Scholarship; and an Eric Kemp prize by the Ecclesiastical Law Society.
Following articles published via The Conversation and PMP (Politics Means Politics) Magazine, Stephen has been invited to make several media contributions on topics pertaining to the UK Constitution, Brexit and Human Rights, including for: LBC News, Sputnik News Russia; BBC Question Time Extra; and BBC Wales.
Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA); and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).