Professor Jonathan Bradbury

Professor Jonathan Bradbury

Personal Chair, Politics, Philosophy and International Relations

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295961

Research Links

Office - 004
Ground Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

I studied in the School of History at the University of Bristol, graduating with a BA in 1984 and a PhD in 1991.  I held a research fellowship in politics at Bristol (1988-89); and temporary lectureships at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London in social policy and social science (1989-90); and at Warwick University in politics (1990-92). I joined Swansea University in 1992, and after promotions to senior lecturer and reader was appointed to a personal Chair in Politics in 2012. 

As a researcher I have focused on the territorial politics of how the UK is governed, relating both to devolved and local government. I am interested in analysing the statecraft of governing, as well as political, policy and representation implications of territorial government.  My recent work has focused on the analysis of devolution since the late 1990s and includes my forthcoming book, Constitutional Policy and Territorial Politics in the UK: Union and Devolution, 1997-2007 (BUP, in press 2021).

Since 2017 I have been Director of Research in the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. Previously, I was Deputy Director of the Research Institute of Applied Social Sciences, 2012-16.  During this time I was also the University Lead in the collaborative Wales ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, 2011-16.  I have also been Head of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, 2010-12; Research Excellent Framework Co-ordinator for Politics and International Studies, 2009-18; and Sub-Dean for research training, student/staff assembly and quality in the Postgraduate Research Faculty 2002-06.

In my teaching I convene modules on UK politics, comparative devolution and the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru. I have supervised nine successful PhD students who have gone on to careers in government, research and education. I am interested in supervising new research students in the areas of comparative/ UK devolution, UK politics and public policy.

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Areas Of Expertise

  • Comparative territorial politics
  • UK territorial politics and devolution
  • Constitutional policy and devolution
  • Devolution, governance and public policy
  • Party adaptation to devolution
  • Multi-level politics and representation

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

In the 2020-21 academic year I will be convening the following modules.

  • The Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru (PO-3323)
  • Politics in Contemporary Britain (PO-M46)
  • Devolution in Comparative Perspective (PO-M89)

I also contribute to Approaches to Politics (PO-241)

And Dissertation modules at Level 3 and Masters level.

I am currently primary PhD supervisor for James Davenport, who is studying political representation in US state legislatures; and second supervisor for Owen Williams, who is studying multi-level governance, epistemic communities and cultural heritage policy in Quebec and Wales. 

I am interested in supervising new research students in the areas of comparative/ UK devolution, UK politics, government, parties and public policy.

Research

As a researcher I have focused on the territorial politics of how the UK is governed, relating both to devolved and local government. I am interested in analysing the statecraft of governing, as well as political, policy and representation implications of territorial government. My current work is focused on three areas: 

  • Analysis of the dynamics of territorial statecraft and devolution since the late 1990s. I have a forthcoming book, Constitutional Policy and Territorial Politics in the UK: Union and Devolution, 1997-2007 (BUP, in press 2021). I am currently completing a second volume on Constitutional Policy and territorial politics in the UK since 2007. 
  • The implications of devolution for government and public policy since the late 1990s. I am currently working on a joint authored monograph with Andrew Davies (Hon Prof, Swansea) on governance and public policy in Wales since devolution.
  • The implications of Brexit for political contestation and devolution since 2016. I am working with Matthew Wall (Swansea) and Alan Convery (Edinburgh) on the theory, method and empirical analysis of changing political party strategies on devolution following the Brexit vote in 2016.
Award Highlights

In 2016 I received a Swansea University Outstanding Contribution to Employability Award. This was in recognition of my work in embedding placement and practitioner engagement opportunities in the modules The National Assembly for Wales, and Parliamentary Studies.

I strongly support the expansion of such opportunities for students at all levels of study and would welcome interest in engagement from employers. 

Collaborations

I have contributed to two collaborative reference works that are useful to scholars and students in politics and political history. 

The first is The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics (I.Mclean ed 1st edn 1996; I.Mclean and A.McMillan ed 2nd edn 2003; and I.Mclean and A.McMillan ed 3rdd edn, 2009). I provided 56 entries and learned much by reading the rest. 

The second is The New Dictionary of National Biography.  I contributed biographies on 'Arthur Robinson', 'Gwilym Gibbon', 'William Braithwaite', ‘Donald Sargeant’ and 'Enid Russell-Smith', in B.Harrison (ed) The New Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.  It is a fascinating resource that should continue to be used.