Specialist Subjects: UK politics, territorial politics, devolution, centre-regional/local relations, sub-national government, political parties and public policy.
Jonathan Bradbury joined Swansea University in 1992, after previous posts at the universities of Bristol, London and Warwick. He served as Head of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, 2010-12 and was appointed to a personal Chair in Politics in 2012.
He is the editor of Devolution, Regionalism and Regional Development, the UK Experience (Routledge, 2008) and co-editor of British Regionalism and Devolution, the Challenges of State Reform and European Integration (Routledge, 1997). He has edited special editions of Government and Opposition (2010), Perspectives on European Politics and Society (2009), Regional and Federal Studies (2007) and Regional Studies (1996). He is also the author of Government and County, A History of Northamptonshire County Council, 1889-1989 (Bristol University Press, 1989).
Jonathan has published a wide range of articles in political science journals, including Political Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Publius, the Journal of Federalism, Parliamentary Affairs and the Journal of Legislative Studies. He has also written chapters for edited volumes and is a contributor to J.Tonge & A.Geddes (ed) Britain Votes 2010 (Palgrave). He is a contributor to the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics (3rd edn 2009) and the Dictionary of National Biography.
Jonathan’s research has been externally funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation and the British Academy. He regularly gives conference papers, including at UKPSA, APSA and ECPR, and has delivered invited lectures at Yonsei University, South Korea (2010) and the Centre for New Zealand Studies, University of London (2008). He was a keynote speaker at the inaugural conference of the Welsh Institute of Economic and Social Research, Data and Methods held at Cardiff University in June 2010. He has also provided reports, evidence or talks to a number of public bodies throughout the UK including House of Commons select committees, the Electoral Commission, the Northern Ireland Review of Public Administration, and the Arbuthnott and Richard Commissions.
Jonathan was the academic convenor and organiser for the 58th UK Political Studies Association annual conference, held at Swansea University 1-3 April 2008. He has been convenor and joint convenor of the PSA Territorial Politics Group since 1994. The Group’s next biennial conference will be held at Scotland House and Wales House in Brussels, 13-14 September 2012. In 2009-10 he organised the inaugural seminar series of the Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales on ‘The State of the Nation: Wales Ten Years after devolution’. In 2012 he was Acting Director of the Burton Centre. Since 2010 he has organised the Swansea University National Assembly of Wales Academic Briefings series. He regularly appears on BBC Wales Radio and TV as a commentator on constitutional change, politics and elections in Wales
Jonathan is currently completing a monograph for Palgrave entitled Union and Devolution, Territorial Politics in the United Kingdom as well as a number of journal articles.