I am Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the University of Kent.
I held research fellowships 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 connections between political systems, nationality and democracy, from a comparative perspective across time and space. I am the lead investigator behind the De/Centralisation Dataset (DcD). My research 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 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 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 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 the OECD, the Forum of Federations, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, and Switzerland’s 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 held visiting professorships 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, 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.