I am Reader in Comparative Politics at the University of Kent.
I have been a research fellow at Harvard University, the University of Berne in 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 causes and consequences of the territorial structures of political systems, from a comparative perspective across space and time. It has been funded by the ESRC, the British Academy, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Forum of Federations, the Institut d’Estudis Autonòmics, Presence Switzerland, and the James Madison Charitable Trust.
I am the lead investigator behind the De/Centralisation Dataset (DcD), the author of Restructuring the European State (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017) and Between Two Unions: Europeanisation and Scottish Devolution (Manchester University Press, 2005) as well as of articles in European Political Science Review, Political Studies, Acta Politica, Swiss Political Science Review, Party Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Nations and Nationalism, and other journals. My work has been published in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian, and translated into Russian, Turkish and Catalan.
I am currently the Chair of IPSA’s research committee on Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance (RC28), co-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 the UK Cabinet Office, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Senate of Spain, the Scottish Parliament, the City of London Corporation, and the Embassy of Switzerland in the UK. I have collaborated with organisations such as the OECD, the Forum of Federations, Switzerland’s Conference of Cantonal Governments, and think tanks including Chatham House and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.
My teaching portfolio includes a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in comparative and European politics as well as successful supervision of a number of research students. I have been a visiting professor at the University of Cologne, Germany and the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain, and given guest lectures and seminars at the universities of Barcelona Pompeu Fabra, Berne, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Krakow Jagiellonian, Lille 2, Marburg, 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.
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