I studied in the School of History at the University of Bristol, graduating with a BA in 1984 and a PhD in 1990. After posts at the Universities of Bristol, London and Warwick I joined Swansea University in 1992. I was appointed to a personal Chair in Politics in 2012, and since 2017 I have been Director of Research in the College of Arts and Humanities.
My research focuses on the internal territorial politics of states. This includes theoretical interests in territorial statecraft and devolution; and empirical interests in devolution and public policy, parties and representation. I am currently writing a research monograph on UK politics and devolution, and conducting collaborative research on Political Parties, Devolution and the implications of Brexit.
I contribute more broadly in this field by acting as the convenor of the UK Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Territorial Politics.
I am keen to support new researchers. I was the University Lead in the collaborative Wales ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, 2011-16, and to date I have supervised nine successful PhD students. I am interested in supervising new research students in the areas of comparative and UK devolution, UK politics and public policy.
I also engage outside universities with practitioners and the public. Recently I have provided evidence to House of Commons select committee inquiries on constitutional development as well as a PSA Teachers topic guide on Nationalism. I am interested in contributing further to evidence-based analysis of contemporary debates on Brexit and the UK territorial constitution.
In my teaching I seek to contribute to the core of the curriculum. I was a member of the QAA Benchmarking Committee for Politics and International Relations in 2014; and my work in embedding placement and practitioner engagement opportunities in modules led in 2016 to a Swansea University Outstanding Contribution to Employability Award. In the 2018-19 academic year I convene modules on Comparative Devolution, UK politics and the National Assembly for Wales.