Area of research expertise - Outline

I studied Political Science, Modern History and English Cultural and Literary Studies at the University of Hannover (Germany) and at Liverpool John Moores University. In 2008 I earned my PhD from Glasgow Caledonian University. Following a year of post-doctoral research at GCU, I worked as a researcher in an EU-financed FP7 research project about policing in Europe. In January 2014, I started at UWS as Lecturer in Social Sciences.

Generally speaking, I am interested in the role of knowledge and expertise in policy-making. So far, my research has mostly covered social policy but I am also interested in other policy fields. Institutions at the centre of this research interest are think tanks, broadly defined.

Further interests are in the fields of e-democracy, the political parties of the centre-left (European Social Democracy), extra-parliamentary political and social movements and 'decent work'.

Current research activities.

My current research interests cover a number of areas. Central is my work on the role of experts and expertise in policy making, for example during the "Global Financial Crisis" and the "Great Recession". Here, think tanks and similar organisation are of particular interest.

Furthermore, I am conducting research on e-democracy. Here, I am working on an analysis of "www.WriteTo-Them" and how elected representatives in Scotland use it.

Lastly, I am working within the UWS-Oxfam Partnership on the topic of "decent work". Here, I have been project lead and have co-authored and edited a range or reports.

Desired research direction.

My research will develop, in particular, in the field of 'policy, politics and expertise'. However, applied social science research such as my work on 'decent work' will play a larger role in my future work.

Target Collaborative Organisations (National, International, up to 3).

For my research, generally, academic and third sector organisations are the prime targets. My current cooperation with Oxfam through the UWS-Oxfam Partnership and my ongoing work with colleagues from universities and research institutes in the UK and Germany are evidence for such collaboration.

Activities

  1. UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum, Trade Unions in Economic and Social Life

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum: The Sustainability Challenge

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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