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Area of academic 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 - first based on the Dumfries Campus. Since summer 2016, I am based on the Paisley Campus.

I am pursuing different research strands. My research focus lies on the role of knowledge and expertise in policy-making - in social and economic policy mainly. Institutions at the centre of this research interest are think tanks, broadly defined. Further research interests are centred on e-democracy, political parties of the centre-left, extra-parliamentary political and social movements on the far left and far right, and 'decent work'.

Current research activities

My work on the role of experts and expertise in policy-making is central with regards to my current research activities. I have published work on think tanks and their role as "idea makers" during the Global Financial Crisis and the Great Recession. Furthermore, I have published on e-democracy and have led work of the UWS-Oxfam Partnership on the topic of "decent work". Lastly, I am conducting research on the "well-being agenda" in Scotland, taking me to scrutiny of social policy and economic policy.

Desired research direction

My research will continue to develop within the broad field of the study of policy, politics and expertise. Also, I will continue to lead work by the UWS-Oxfam Partnership which seeks to develop policy ideas and to influence the debate in Scotland in line with the objectives of the Partnership.

Target collaborative organisations

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.

Current teaching activities and interests

I teach both on the undergraduate and on the postgraduate level. I contribute to modules which cover the disciplines of sociology, politics and policy studies. Whenever possible, I incorporate practitioner input into modules to enrich the student experience.


  • JA Political science (General)
  • German politics
  • British politics
  • European policy
  • Scottish politics
  • multi-level governance
  • JF Political institutions (General)

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think tank Social Sciences
recession Social Sciences
financial crisis Social Sciences
librarian Social Sciences
labor market reform Social Sciences
expertise Social Sciences
income Social Sciences
modernization Social Sciences

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Research Output 2008 2019

SKAPE Seminar: Hartwig Pautz speaking on ideas and crisis – think tanks and austerity

Pautz, H. 27 Feb 2019

Research output: Contribution to conferencePresentation

Open Access
think tank

Spiritual Beliefs and Mental Health: A Study of Muslim Women in Glasgow

Gunson, D., Nuttall, L., Akhtar, S., Khan, A., Avian, G., Thomas, L., Collins, C. (ed.), Sims, R. (ed.) & Pautz, H. (ed.) 15 Jan 2019 UWS-Oxfam Partnership. 31 p. (UWS-Oxfam Partnership: Collaborative Research Reports Series; no. 4)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Mental Health
Mental Health Services

Digital communication and representational interactivity: an analysis of www.writetothem.com in Scotland

Pautz, H. 1 Jan 2018 In : Parliamentary Affairs. 71, 1, p. 103-123 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

interactive media
European Parliament

Politikberatung in Großbritannien: Policy advice in the UK

Pautz, H. & Thunert, M. 2018 Handbuch Politikberatung: Policy Advice Manual. Falk, S., Glaab, M., Römmele , A., Schober, H. & Thunert, M. (eds.). Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, p. 1-16 (Springer Reference Sozialwissenschaften)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Scotland's Local Authorities: Still 'Bastions of Decent Work'?

Ishaq, M., Gibb, S., Hussain, A. M., Collins, C. (ed.), Sims, R. (ed.) & Pautz, H. (ed.) Oct 2018 UWS-Oxfam Partnership. 18 p. (UWS-Oxfam Partnership, Collaborative Research Reports Series. Decent Work in Scotland: Thematic Report; no. 4)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
Local authorities


2009 Early Career Regional Studies Association Award

Hartwig Pautz (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Policy making
Regional studies

Activities 2016 2019

  • 4 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Participation in conference
  • 1 Publication peer-review

UWS-Oxfam Partnership (Publisher)

Pautz, H. (Peer reviewer), Collins, C. (Editor), Rhiannon Sims (Editor)
14 Jan 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review

UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum: ‘A Business Pledge That Works for All’

Pautz, H. (Organiser), Fuertes, V. (Organiser), Rhiannon Sims (Organiser)
27 Jun 2018

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum, Scotland's Poverty and Inequality Commission - A Chance for Progress?

Collins, C. (Chair), Pautz, H. (Organiser), Francis Stuart (Organiser), Suzanne Crimin (Organiser), Jamie Livingstone (Invited speaker), Paul Tyrer (Invited speaker)
30 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum

Collins, C. (Organiser), Pautz, H. (Organiser), Gibbs, E. (Organiser), Pugh, M. (Organiser), Francis Stuart (Chair), John Foster (Invited speaker), Ann Henderson (Invited speaker), Patricia Findlay (Invited speaker), Bryan Simpson (Invited speaker), Connolly, J. (Participant), Harkins, C. (Participant)
22 Mar 2017

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course