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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 have been based on the Paisley Campus while I teach also on the University's Ayr and Lanarkshire campues.

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" and on how Scotland progresses towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Lastly, I am conducting research on the "well-being agenda" in Scotland, taking me to scrutiny of social policy and economic policy and I am working on "newcomer" or "competitor parties" in Germany.

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 - to create a "more sustainable and equitable Scotland". Currently, I am developing a research interest in artificial intelligence and big data and how they are becoming used in policy-making.

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
  • policy advice
  • think tanks
  • JF Political institutions (General)

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Research Output

Multi-level deal-making: challenges and opportunities for Scottish city regions

Van Der Zwet, A., Clark, J., Dempsey, D., Mamattah, S. & Pautz, H., 1 Jan 2020, Foregrounding Urban Agendas: The New Urban Issue in European Experiences of Policy-Making. Armondi, S. & De Gregorio Hurtado, S. (eds.). Springer International Publishing AG, p. 97-116 20 p. (The Urban Book Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The German New Right and its think tanks

    Pautz, H., 28 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : German Politics and Society.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Decent work in Scotland, an agenda-setting analysis

    Pautz, H., Wright, S. A. & Collins, C., 13 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Social Policy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 93 Downloads (Pure)

    On Target for 2030? An Independent Snapshot Review of Scotland’s Progress Against The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

    Pautz, H. (ed.), Tozan, O. (ed.), Bradley, P. (ed.), Collins, C., Sims, R. & Livingstone, J., Jul 2019, UWS-Oxfam Partnership. 82 p. (UWS-Oxfam Partnership, Collaborative Research Reports Series; no. 5)

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access

    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
  • Prizes

    2009 Early Career Regional Studies Association Award

    Pautz, Hartwig (Recipient), 2009

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    UWS-Oxfam Partnership Policy Forum: 'Making Policy Care'

    Hartwig Pautz (Organiser), Rhiannon Sims (Organiser), Greig Inglis (Organiser) & Vanesa Fuertes (Organiser)

    21 Jan 2020

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

    UWS-Oxfam Partnership (Publisher)

    Hartwig Pautz (Peer reviewer), Charles Collins (Editor) & Rhiannon Sims (Editor)

    14 Jan 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Challenging and Changing the News: Media Reporting in the Age of Migration

    Hartwig Pautz (Organiser), Leyla De Amicis (Organiser) & Colin Clark (Organiser)


    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

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

    Hartwig Pautz (Organiser), Vanesa Fuertes (Organiser) & Rhiannon Sims (Organiser)

    27 Jun 2018

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

    Press / Media