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. Curry, D. Intra-European Movement: Multi-Level or Mismatched Governance? (Ed.), Between Mobility and Migration 160 Springer International Publishing
  2. Curry, D., Curry, D. The question of EU legitimacy in the Social OMC peer review process Journal of European Social Policy 26 2 168 182
  3. Curry, D. Network Approaches to Multi-Level Governance: Structures, Relations and Understanding Power Between Levels Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan
  4. Curry, D., Hammerschmid, G., Jilke, S., Van de Walle, S. The State and Perceptions of Public Sector Reform in Europe (Ed.), The International Handbook of Public Administration 369 398 Edward Elgar
  5. Curry, D. Participatory Processes as Unreliable Narrators: Political Legitimacy and Governance Narratives in the Social OMC Peer Review Process (Ed.), Decentring European Governance 60 81 Routledge

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  • PO-3319 Researching Politics 1

    Researching Politics (RP) provides students with the skills that underlie the process of conducting and communicating cutting-edge research in Politics and International Relations. RP works by creating topic groups, each comprised of 8-10 students. Each group will follow a bespoke course set out by their topic tutor, guiding them through the literature in a substantive research area. Students are invited to select a list of preferred options in the first teaching week of the term. This list is then used to assign students to topics and group sessions run from the second week of teaching onwards. Alongside the topic-specific teaching, there is a general lecture series focusing on discovering, analysing and presenting complex information. The lecture series also focuses on dealing with the ups and downs of working as part of a team.

  • PO-3320 Researching Politics 2

    Researching Politics 2 (RP2) is the follow-on module from RP1 and it acts as the culmination for the subject knowledge and transferable skills developed in that module. RP2 puts the creative emphasis in the hands of the students, with the module convenor and topic tutors giving guidance and feedback to facilitate the realisation of research conceived, developed, executed and presented by students. In this way, it tries to approximate the worlds of further study and work into which students will be progressing following the completion of their degree schemes. It is a module where all of the summative assessments are comprised of group work, although individual marks can be varied depending on each student¿s performance. Students are also required to submit an individual self-assessment, detailing what they have learned about their own strengths and weaknesses on the basis of the sustained group work. In RP2, you will extend and deepen the research undertaken in RP1 and continue to meet regularly in order to share ideas, opinions and sources in your groups. These meetings will include several where the topic tutor provides guidance and feedback as well as those where the meetings are student-led.

  • 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-M87 Comparative Governance in Complex Systems

    The module provides a look at the growth of governance as a way of understanding politics and public policy that moves beyond traditional ideas of government and power. After examining what, exactly, governance means, the module will outline the key frameworks and theories underpinning the governance literature, which will be augmented with practical applications of the concept from different political contexts. This will be followed by examination of the structural, relational and policy elements that underpin governing and decision-making and how governance can be measured as a normative and analytical concept, as well as the challenges to democratic accountability and legitimacy posed by governance. The module will finish by looking at governance in real-world contexts and the implications of the shift from 'government' to 'governance' in public administration, the EU, developing nations and other complex systems and policy contexts.


  • Falling Down Before the Divine Right of Experts: Exploring the Significance of Epistemic Communities for Multi-Level Governance Arrangements (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
  • Shifting Boundaries: Public Service Motivation in Public and Non-profit Organizations in the Bahamas (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Bettina Petersohn
  • The working title of my thesis is The Peanut Kingdom. Rural Society and Federal Policy in Caddo County, Oklahoma (20th C.) (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Regina Poertner



  • 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