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Dr Dion Curry

Dr Dion Curry

Associate Professor, Political and Cultural Studies

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295628

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Available For Postgraduate Supervision

About

Dion Curry is an associate professor 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 been awarded funding from different sources including the European Union’s Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship, 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, political legitimacy and trust, and public sector reform. He has published a book on ‘Network Approaches to Multi-Level Governance: Structures, Relations and Understanding Power Between Levels’ with Palgrave Macmillan, and been published in journals including Parliamentary Affairs, Political Studies Review and Policy Studies. 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 also the Director of the Initiative for Managing Policymaker-Academic Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer (IMPACKT

Areas Of Expertise

  • Governance
  • Political legitimacy
  • Trust
  • Public sector reform
  • British politics

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Dion is the programme coordinator for the MA Public Policy and teaches modules in the area such as the Public Policy Process and Comparative Governance in Complex Systems. He also contributes to undergraduate modules on political trust and coordinates the MA dissertations. 

Research

Dion has conducted research on a wide range of topics, including multi-level governance in Canada and the UK, new governance processes in the European Union, public sector reform in Europe and the role of political trust in the Brexit vote. Along with colleagues in psychology, he is currently working on several projects more deeply examining the psychological aspects of political trust, academic and mainstream perceptions of public sector reform and how to embed academic research into the policy-making process.