I previously held fellowships at the University of Cologne, Germany, the University of Berne, Switzerland, and at several institutions in Spain: the Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Ciencias Sociales in Madrid, the Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics (now Institut d’Estudis de l’Autogovern) in Barcelona, and the Centro de Estudios Andaluces in Seville.
I was educated at the University of Turin, where I took a Laurea in Social Sciences, at the University of Durham, where I did an MA in European Political and Economic Integration (with Distinction), and at the London School of Economics, where I was awarded a PhD in Government.
My research explores the connections between political systems, nationality and democracy. I am currently joint principal investigator on the project Why Centralisation and Decentralisation in Federations? funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the Swiss National Science Foundation, and the Forum of Federations. My research has also been funded by the ESRC, the British Academy, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics, Presence Switzerland, and the James Madison Trust.
I am the author of Restructuring the European State, forthcoming with McGill-Queen’s University Press, Between Two Unions: Europeanisation and Scottish Devolution, published by Manchester University Press, and articles in European Political Science Review, Political Studies, Acta Politica, Swiss Political Science Review, Party Politics, among others. My work has been published in English, French, Spanish and Italian, and translated into Russian, Turkish and Catalan.
I am currently Chair of IPSA’s research committee on Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance (RC28), joint Editor of Routledge’s Studies in Federalism and Decentralization series, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Swiss Political Science Review, and Kent’s Official Representative on the ECPR. I was previously the Director of the Centre for Swiss Politics and the Book Reviews Editor for Regional and Federal Studies.
I provide consultancy services to public and private bodies. I have advised institutions such the UK Cabinet Office, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Scottish Parliament, the City of London Corporation, and the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK. I also collaborate closely with the OECD, the Forum of Federations, and the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Governments.
My teaching experience includes a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in comparative politics and European politics as well as successful supervision of a number of research students. I have given guest lectures and seminars at the universities of Barcelona Pompeu Fabra, Berne, Cologne, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Krakow Jagiellonian, Lille 2, Madrid Autonoma, Oslo, Siena, and St Andrews, among others. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the UK professional body for university lecturers, since 2005.
Please see Works for a full list of publications.