Dr Dion Curry

Dion Curry is lecturer in public policy in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies. He received his PhD in Politics from the University of Sheffield in 2011 and previously studied at the University of Saskatchewan and Simon Fraser University in Canada, as well as Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. After his PhD, he worked in Vilnius, Lithuania, for the Public Policy and Management Institute as a consultant for the European Union on issues such as human rights, social policy and vocational education and training. He then worked from 2012-2014 as a research fellow at Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands), looking at the future of the public sector in Europe as part of an EU FP7 project on Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future (COCOPS). He has also worked with the Institute of Governance Studies (Simon Fraser University) and the Centre for Studies in Agriculture, Law and the Environment (University of Saskatchewan). He has been awarded funding from different sources including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the British government’s Overseas Research Scholarship.

Dion’s main areas of interest are multi-level governance, European Union politics and policy, devolution and public sector reform. He has been published in journals including Parliamentary Affairs and Policy Studies, and has contributed a book chapter to the International Handbook of Public Administration. In addition, he has written numerous research reports, policy evaluations and editorials for various European and North American institutes and sources, and presented papers and invited lectures at conferences and universities in Canada and throughout Europe. He is currently finalising a research monograph for Palgrave Macmillan entitled ‘Network Approaches to Multi-Level Governance: Understanding Power Between Levels’.


  1. The question of EU legitimacy in the Social OMC peer review process. Journal of European Social Policy 26(2), 168-182.
  2. Network Approaches to Multi-Level Governance: Structures, Relations and Understanding Power Between Levels. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. & The State and Perceptions of Public Sector Reform in Europe. In Andrew Massey; Karen Johnston (Ed.), The International Handbook of Public Administration. (pp. 369-398). Edward Elgar.
  4. (2015). Great Expectations: Understanding the Gap Between Practitioner Expectation and Academic Output in Understanding Public Sector Reform. Presented at International Research Society for Public Management,
  5. & Hoe bestuurskundig is de bestuurskunde?. Bestuurskunde 24(3), 67-79.

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  • PO-3000 The National Assembly for Wales

    The module will comprise seminar tuition on the National Assembly as well as a supervised internship placement with an Assembly member within the National Assembly for Wales. Students will experience the work of the National Assembly at first hand. Students will relate this experience to wider discussion of the National Assembly for Wales and its political roles and relationships in both essay snd policy report assignments.

  • PO-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • PO-M67 The Policy Making Process

    This module introduces or reintroduces students to the policy-making process and the major strands of thinking and models for understanding the policy cycle over the last twenty years. It makes use of case studies and analytic perspectives in order to understand the complexities of managing policy and government at local, regional, national and supra-national levels within the context of changed and changing ideas about governance.

  • PO-M83 Women and Politics

    This module provides an overview of the major debates concerning women and politics and we analyze the experience of women as voters, candidates, and officeholders. We will examine how history has shaped women¿s political involvement and how gender socialization influences women¿s political attitudes, political knowledge and political participation. We will build on state-of-the-art research to analyze the main concepts, theories and empirical studies that explain trends in women¿s engagement with politics, to understanding the factors that contribute or hinder women¿s larger involvement in politics, as well as the consequences of their participation.

  • POA301 Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies

    The Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies provides an opportunity for students who have undertaken the module, Parliamentary Studies, to do further sustained study on one aspect of parliamentary studies. Students will receive academic supervision and feedback from within the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, and will receive advice on accessing primary and printed sources from members of the Houses of Parliament Education Outreach Team.


  • The Uninvited Guest: Local Government Crisis Policymaking and Chief Executive Intervention. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
  • Have we had enough of experts? The centrality of Epistemic Communities in Multi-Level Governance (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Bettina Petersohn



  • Curry, D. (Forthcoming). Network Approaches to Multi-Level Governance: Understanding Power Between Levels. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters

  • Curry, D., Hammerschmid, G. and Van de Walle, S. (2015). ‘The State and Perceptions of Public Sector Reform in Europe,’ in Massey, A. and Miller, K. The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 

Articles and reports

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Curry, D. and Flinders, M. (2008). ‘Deliberative Democracy, Elite Politics and Electoral Reform’, Policy Studies, 29 (4), pp. 371-392.
  • Flinders, M. and Curry, D. (2008). ‘Bi-Constitutionality: Unravelling New Labour’s Constitutional Orientations’, Parliamentary Affairs, 61 (1), pp. 99-121.

Research Reports

Other Publications

 Selected Other Publications