The research of members ranges from conceptualisations of democracy, processes of democratization and development aid, identity politics, local governance, party politics, electoral competition and voting to questions of accountability and legitimacy in multilevel contexts. For details, please see the profiles below.
I conduct research on state, societal and urban transformations at the age of globalisation, social uprisings, forced migration, refugee governmentality and conflict transformation/s. I am especially interested in the wider Mediterranean geography but I like to compare this region with other parts of the world, as well. More specifically, I work on the refinement of the concepts of subjectivity, hybridity, governmentality, resistance. I am interested in finding out what type of subjectivities and structures emerge as a result of various forms of local and global governmentalities. My work has been published in Political Geography, Security Dialogue, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Antipode, Annals of the American Geographers, South European Society and Politics, Geopolitics and Asian Journal of Social Sciences.
Dion's current research works at the intersection between multi-level governance, trust and legitimacy, building on the work undertaken during his Marie Curie fellowship. This research agenda has two main strands. First, along with James Cronin (Medicine), Enrico Andreoli and Owen Williams (PCS), he is examining the role of academic expertise in policy-making and legitimating political decisions through the Initiative for Managing Policymaker-Academic Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer (IMPACKT). They are using that project to better connect academic researchers with Welsh, UK and EU policy-makers, and have contributed to several government consultations and policy initiatives, as well as holding a conference in 2017 bringing together policymakers and academics to examine the role of experts in post-Brexit policy-making.
The second strand focuses more on the role of governance in shaping trust in politics, and vice versa. Trust in politics often focuses solely on citizen trust in government, but the increased use of co-created decision-making and direct citizen involvement has rendered this a much more complex, two-way process. This project is highly interdisciplinary, involving psychological insights and computer science tools to identify how trust can be assessed, and how (and whether) it needs to be improved. It brings together researchers across disciplines as well as across national lines, developing collaborations with academics in Europe and North America.
My research interests include political participation and representation of under-represented groups such as women, ethnic and religious minorities in Western democracies, especially in Britain. The influence of religion and ethnicity of political behaviour and attitudes, including Euroscepticism, civic engagement and voting. I predominantly use quantitative and mixed methods to analyse survey and text data, though I have been increasingly working with experiment data recently.
At the moment, I also work on research into the effects of religious affiliation on Eurosceptic attitudes and on social capital in Britain with the WISERD team at Cardiff University. At the same time I am involved in a couple of studies looking into role model effects on women political engagement and efficacy with Dr Natalyia Danilova of the University of Aberdeen and Prof Susan Banducci and Laszlo Horvath of the University of Exeter. We plan to extend these studies to explore the role of heroes in the development of Welsh, Scottish and English identities in the near future.
My research interests are nested in comparative federalism and territorial politics where I am investigating questions of success and failure of territorial reforms, long-term trajectories of territorial dynamics after decentralisation and the accommodation of internal nations via constitutional recognition and self-determination. A second strand of my research analyses the consequences of decentralisation for the coordination and cooperation of governments of different levels (local, regional and central) in policy-making processes. My work has been published in Publius; The Political Quarterly, Regional & Federal Studies, PVS and contributions to volumes published with Oxford University Press. Most recently, I've co-edited a special-issue with Publius on Territorial Politics and Institutional Change: A Comparative-Historical Analysis.
Outside academia, I have contributed to parliamentary consultations of the Constitutional and Legislative Committee of the National Assembly for Wales and to the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Matthew Wall - Convenor of PAG
Dr Wall’s research centres on electoral politics and its intersection with information and communication technology – with a particular emphasis on how electoral politics is being transformed by the advent, mass adoption and ongoing evolution of the internet. He has published research on these themes in a range of leading journals including – The British Journal of Political Science; Public Opinion Quarterly; Electoral Studies; Parliamentary Affairs; The Journal of Information Technology and Politics; The International Journal of Electronic Governance; The Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties; Party Politics; and Information Polity.
Matt was Principal Investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project called 'What are the Odds' – worth £76,001 – along with his Co-Investigators (Dr Stephen Lindsay – Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Swansea University and Dr Rory Costello – Lecturer in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Limerick). Dr Wall is working on research funded by Swansea University’s CHERISH Digital Economy Centre under the auspices of its UK Digital Economy Crucible.