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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 and, since summer 2016, on the Paisley Campus.

For my research, 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 research interests are e-democracy, political parties of the centre-left (European Social Democracy), extra-parliamentary political and social movements on the far left and far right, 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. I took the lead in developing a COST Action proposal on the role of expertise in social and economic policy making and am waiting for a funding decision.

Furthermore, I have conducted research on e-democracy. In 2017, an article in Parliamentary Affairs presented my analysis of "www.WriteTo-Them" and how elected representatives in Scotland use it.

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

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. Also, I will develop work in the field of e-democracy and on 'politics in the digital age'.

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.

For my work on the COST Action application, I have over six months built a network of proposers from across Europe which will, hopefully, be of use even if the application should be unsuccessful.


  • 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
social democracy Social Sciences
librarian Social Sciences
labor market reform Social Sciences
income Social Sciences
modernization Social Sciences

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Research Output 2008 2018

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

Think tanks in ‘hard times’: the Global Financial Crisis and economic advice

Hernando, M., Pautz, H. & Stone, D. 19 Jul 2018 In : Policy and Society. 37, 2, p. 125-139 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
think tank
financial crisis

‘Decent Work’ in Scotland: Thematic Report No: 4: 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, Collaborative Research Reports Series. 18 p. (UWS-Oxfam Partnership, Collaborative Research Reports Series; no. 4)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
human resources development
organizational development
Open Access


2009 Early Career Regional Studies Association Award

Hartwig Pautz (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Policy making
Regional studies

Activities 2016 2018

  • 4 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Participation in conference

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, Trade Unions in Economic and Social Life

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

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: The Sustainability Challenge

Collins, C. (Organiser), Pautz, H. (Organiser), Gifford, A. (Chair), Graeme Maxton (Invited speaker), Trebeck, K. (Invited speaker)
25 Nov 2016

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course