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Professor Alasdair Blair

Job: Associate Dean Academic Faculty of Business and Law

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Department of Politics & Public Policy

Address: The Gateway, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7209

E: ablair@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/pol

 

Personal profile

Alasdair Blair is Associate Dean Academic in the Faculty of Business and Law and Jean Monnet Professor of International Relations. He is also Director of the Jean Monnet Centre of European Governance. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. Within the University he is chair of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee. Outside the University he is Honorary Treasurer of the Political Studies Association and editor of European Political Science.

Alasdair's main area of research and teaching is in the area of European Union Politics, British Foreign Policy, International Negotiation, Diplomacy, Qualitative Research Methods, and Teaching and Learning. An author of 12 books, Alasdair is a contributor to leading journals and regularly presents his research at international conferences. 

He completed his PhD on Britain and European integration at Leicester University, where he also completed a MA in Diplomatic Studies.  His undergraduate studies were taken at Aberdeen University, during which time he spent a year studying at Earlham College in the USA on a Great Lakes College Association scholarship. He also possesses an MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Coventry University.

He was previously Head of the Department of Politics and Public Policy (2011-2017) and Head of the Department of Historical and Social Studies (2008-2011). Before then he was Jean Monnet Professor of International Relations at Coventry University.  Between July 2007 and August 2008 he was seconded for 40% of his time as Director of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP) which is based at Birmingham University. Alasdair has also held academic posts at the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University), Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University and the Open University.

 

Publications and outputs 


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Key research outputs

Books

Blair, A., Britain and the World Since 1945 (Routledge, 2015), 208pp, ISBN: 978-1-408-24829-4.

Blair, A., The European Union: A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld, 2012), 211pp, ISBN: 1851688986.

Blair, A., The European Union since 1945 (Longman Seminar Studies in History Series, 2010), 2nd edition, 232pp, ISBN: 978-1408234525.

Curtis, S. and Blair, A., The Scholarship of Engagement for Politics: Placement Learning, Citizenship and Employability (C-SAP, 2010), 247pp, ISBN: 1-902191-42-0.

Blair, A. and Curtis, S., International Politics: An Introductory Guide (Edinburgh University Press, 2009), 344pp, ISBN: 978-0-7486-2415-7.

Blair, A., Companion to the European Union (Routledge, 2006), 371pp, ISBN: 0-415-35896-5.

Blair, A., European Union since 1945 (Longman, 2005), 166pp, ISBN: 0-582-42393-7.

Blair, A., Saving the Pound? Britain's Road to Monetary Union (Prentice Hall, 2002), 266pp, ISBN: 0-582-47290-3.

Forster, A., and Blair, A., The Making of Britain's European Foreign Policy (Longman, 2002), 223pp, ISBN: 0-582-418356-6.

Blair, A. Dealing with Europe: Britain and the Negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty (Ashgate, 1999), 285pp, ISBN: 1-84014-762-8.

Blair, A. The Longman Companion to the European Union since 1945 (Longman, 1999), 400pp, ISBN: 0-582-36885-5.

Research interests/expertise

My current programme of research being conducted falls into three main areas:

1.    Foreign Policy, Diplomacy and International Relations

Projects in this area are focussed on:

Global Politics book for Edinburgh University Press (co-authored with Steven Curtis and to be completed by May 2015).
Co-editing Routledge Companion to International Relations (with Steven Curtis and to be completed by September 2015).
Contributing Editor to Encyclopedia of Diplomacy (edited by Gordon Marten, Wiley-Blackwell, to be completed by January 2016).

2.     British Foreign Policy and European Integration

Projects in this area are focussed on:

Undertaking a study of British Foreign Policy since the end of the Cold War.
Discourse analysis of British Foreign Policy towards the EU.

3.     Scholarship of Engagement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Projects in this area are focussed on:

Comparative analysis of research on teaching and learning published by Political Science and International Relations academics.
The student as a producer in Higher Education.
Universities and the public voice.

Areas of teaching

International Relations

British Foreign Policy

European Integration

Diplomacy

Qualifications

M.A. (Hons) in Economic History and Politics, University of Aberdeen (1992)

M.A. Diplomatic Studies, Department of Politics, University of Leicester (1993)

Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology, University of Leicester (1994)

Ph.D. on Britain and the Negotiation of the Maastricht Treaty, Department of Politics, University of Leicester (1998)

MA Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Coventry University (2005) 

Courses taught

Politics of the European Union (2nd year undergraduate)

Diplomacy and World Order (MA)

Honours and awards

Shortlist for best student experience, Guardian Awards (2015)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

Best article on learning and teaching published in the journal Politics (2012-13)

European Commission Jean Monnet Chair Holder, De Montfort University (2010-)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2007)

Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA) (2006)

National Teaching Fellowship (2006)

SEDA Accreditation as a Teacher in Higher Education (2002)

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (F.R.Hist.S) (2001)

European Commission Jean Monnet Chair Holder, Coventry University (2001-2008)

Membership of external committees

Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association of the UK

Member of British International History Group Executive (2011-)

Membership of professional associations and societies

Political Studies Association (1995-)

University Association for Contemporary European Studies (2001-)

British International Studies Association (1998-)

Conference attendance

2014 Blair, A. 'Where have we got to in UK Higher Education Research in Politics and International Relations', paper presented at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Philadelphia, February 2014.

2013 Blair, A. 'Where have we got to in UK Higher Education Research in Politics and International Relations', paper presented at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, March 2013.

2013 Blair, A. 'Learning from Below: a comparative investigation into first-year students transition to University', paper presented at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, March 2013.

2013 Blair, A. 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Using Twitter for teaching Politics and International Relations', paper presented at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Long Beach, California, February 2013.

2013 Blair, A. 'Similar or Different? A comparative analysis of Higher Education Research in Political Science and International Relations between North America and the United Kingdom', paper presented at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Long Beach, California, February 2013.

2012 Blair, A 'Improving Feedback to students of Politics and International Relations through Dialogue', paper presented at the British International Studies Association-International Studies Association joint conference, Edinburgh, 20-22 June 2012.

2012  Blair, A. ‘Can dialogue help to improve feedback on examinations’, paper presented at the Higher Education Academy Social Sciences Conference, Liverpool, 28-29 May, 2012.

2012  Blair, A. ‘Britain and Monetary Union’,  paper presented to the Sixth Annual European Union Centre of Excellence conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, 12-14 April 2012.

2012  Blair, A. ‘A World at war, a world at peace? The future of International Relations in the 21st century’, keynote paper presented at Online Learning Futures Festival ‘Follow the Sun’, 29 March 2012, http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/beyond-distance-research-alliance/festival/programme/europe-day-2

2012  S. Curtis, A. Blair, J. Craig, J. Parker and M. Wyman, ‘Preparing Graduates for the Changing World of Work: British Perspectives on Addressing the “Employability” Agenda in Political Science’, workshop at the American Political Studies Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington DC, 17th-19th February, 2012.

2012  Blair, A. ‘What feedback do Political Science Students Want? Lessons from a British perspective’, paper to presented to the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, DC. 17-19 February 2012.

2011  Blair, A., ‘Exam feedback: Supporting students and improving teaching?’, paper presented to the Political Studies Association (PSA) and British International Studies Association (BISA) 4th  Teaching and Learning Conference, Cardiff, 13-14 September 2011.

2011  Blair, A. ‘Bridging the Gap: Britain, the EU and the US’, paper presented at the British International History Group conference, University of Glasgow, 7-10 September 2011.

2011  Blair, A., ‘It’s the discipline, stupid: why feedback and assessment is problematic for Politics’, paper presented to the 3rd Assessment in Higher Education Conference, University of Cumbria, 6 July 2011.

2011  Blair, A. ‘Exam feedback: Supporting students and improving teaching?’, paper presented at Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History conference, What do History Students Want, Loughborough University, 3 June 2011.

2011  Blair, A. and McGinty, S. ‘Strategies for making exam feedback dialogic’, paper presented to Higher Education Academy Assessment and Feedback Seminar, Empowering Students through Effective Feedback, De Montfort University, Leicester, 10 May 2011.

2011  Blair, A. ‘Negotiating the Atlantic: Britain, the European Union and the United States’, paper presented to the Fifth Annual European Union Centre of Excellence conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, 10-12 April 2011.

2011  Blair, A. and McGinty, S. ‘Student’s experiences of feedback: unpicking the NSS scores to support new teaching methodologies’, paper presented to the 13th Annual History Subject Centre Teaching and Learning in History Conference, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 4-5 April 2011.

2011  Blair, A. and Curtis, S. ‘It’s Good to Talk: Improving Feedback to Political Science Students Through Dialogue – A British Perspective’, paper to presented to the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, February 11-13 2011.

2011  Blair, A., Craig, J., Curtis, J. Parker ‘Programme Assessment: Leasons from Literature and Practical Experience’, paper to presented to the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, February 11-13 2011.

2010  Blair, A. and McGinty, S. ‘Why dialogue matters in the student experience’, paper presented at the 3rd Political Studies Association Teaching and Learning Conference, De Montfort University, Leicester, 14-15 September 2010.

2010  Blair, A. ‘Britain and the Working Time Directive’, paper to presented at the Industrial Relations in the European Community Conference (IREC), Oslo, 8-10 September 2010.

2010  Blair, A. ‘Peer Feedback: Engaging Students through Dialogue’, paper presented at the Higher Education Academy Annual Conference, University of Bedfordshire, 23 June 2010.

2010  Blair, A. ‘Changing times. Changing minds: Britain and the negotiation of the Lisbon Treaty’, paper presented to the Fourth Annual European Union Centre of Excellence conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, 6-8 June 2010.

2010  Blair, A., Curtis, S. and McGinty, S. “It’s Good to Talk: Feedback, Dialogue and Learning’, paper presented at the PSA Annual Conference, Edinburgh, 31 March 2010.

2009  Blair, A. and Curtis, S. ‘‘The Scholarship of Engagement for Politics: A Research-Based Approach to Placement Learning’ at the FDTL Final Conference, Nottingham, 3-4 November 2009.

2008  Blair, A. and Curtis, S. ‘Experiencing Politics in Action: Democratizing Placement Learning and Politics as a Vocation’, presented at the PSA Specialist Group Teaching and Learning conference, Teaching Democracy: Youth, Citizenship and Political Science Education, Royal Holloway, University of London , 3-4 September 2008.

Consultancy work

2015: Consultancy to Higher Education Academy on Innovative Pedagogic Practices in the Discipline, £8,100.

2012: Consultancy to Higher Education Academy on assessment and feedback in Social Sciences, £5,000.

2012 Consultancy to Higher Education Academy for review of 1st year experience in HE, £10,000.

2008 Consultancy to University of Warwick, £4,716.

2008 Consultancy to University of Warwick, £10,000.

Current research students

I am interested in supervising research degree students who wish to explore research on British Foreign Policy, European Integration and Diplomatic Relations.  I am also interested in PhD applications on aspects relating to governance in international relations, and higher education research in the area of Politics and International Relations, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning relating to reconsidering the role of Universities and students (broadly defined).

I have supervised 11 research students to completion.

I am presently supervising:

Scott Leatham, Chinese Business and Governance (FT) 2015-2018 (1st supervisor)

Mark Charlton, DMU Square Mile, Ph.D (PT), 2014-2018 (1st supervisor)

Haila Atlwaian, Intercultural Communication Challenges for Multinational Teams in Saudi Arabian Companies – Perceptions and Roles on Beliefs of Trust, Ph.D (FT), 2012-2015 (1st supervisor)

Andrew Thomas, The popular practice of space exploration in Russia and China and its transmission as "soft power", Ph.D (PT), 2013-2017 (1st supervisor)

Catherine Saltis, European Local Politics, Ph.D (PT), 2010-2016 (2nd supervisor)

David Simmonds, An International Comparison of the Role of the Councillor, Ph.D (PT), 2010-2016 (2nd supervisor)

Abdulbaset Ghnedi, British Foreign Policy Towards Libya’, Ph.D (FT), 2009-2015 (1st supervisor)


Completed research supervisions:

Lei Dai, Translation Strategies for the Chinese Culture-specific Expressions in the Chinese Premier’s Press Conferences, Ph.D (FT), De Montfort University, 2015 (1st supervisor)

Jing Pan, Multi-Level Governance and the Council of Europe, Ph.D (FT) De Montfort University, 2015 (1st supervisor)

Mark Poynter, The End of Civilzations and the Remaking of the Last Man: Managing the  problems of conflict and stability within the ideas of Francis Fukuyama and Samuel P. Huntington, MPhil (FT), De Montfort University, 2013 (1st supervisor)

David Capel, The future of Defence in the newly enlarged European Union, MA Research (PT), De Montfort University, 2011 (1st supervisor)

Vaughan Waller, A world in disorder?: a critical review of the politics of world order from the end of the Cold War to the present day’, MA Research (PT), De Montfort University, 2011 (1st supervisor)

Andrew Thomas, Kul’tura Kosmosa: the Russian Popular Culture of Space Travel, MA Research (PT), De Montfort University, 2010 (1st supervisor)

Mark Rice, Escalation: A New Framework Applied to Military Conflict’, Ph.D (FT), Coventry University, 2009 (1st supervisor)

Thomas Weaver, American foreign policy under George W. Bush, MA Research (FT), Coventry University, 2008 (1st supervisor)

George Nyabuga, Impact of the Internet on politics in Kenya, Ph.D (FT), Coventry University, 2007 (2nd supervisor)

Jeanne Kaczka, Reconciliation mission of Coventry since the Second World War, Ph.D (FT),  Coventry University, 2006 (2nd supervisor)

Externally funded research grants information

2017: Jean Monnet European Module Funding, €30,000. 2016-2019.  Project Reference: 574790-EPP-1-2016-1-UK-EPPJMO-MODULE

2016: Innovative Pedagogic Practices in the Discipline, Higher Education Academy, £8,100

2015: Political Studies Association Overseas Travel Grant to present a paper at American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington DC, January 2015, £500.

2013:  Leicester De Montfort University Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, European Commission €75,000. This was one of only 3 awards made in the UK in 2013. Principal investigator.

2012:  Higher Education Academy UK Travel Fund award, £300.

2011:  Political Studies Association Overseas Conference Grant to present paper at American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February, £500.

2010:  European Commission Jean Monnet Chair, €45,000. This was the first Jean Monnet chair award that the University had achieved and was the only European Commission funded chair in the University.

2009:  Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) project strand (2009-12): ‘It’s Good to Talk: Feedback, Dialogue and Learning’, £199,975. This was a multi-University project (De Montfort University, University of Warwick and London Metropolitan University) that developed innovative approaches to the use of feedback practices that have informed the strategy of each University. Principal investigator.

2006:  Higher Education Academy, National Teaching Fellowship, £10,000.  This was the first NTF award for Politics and International Relations

2005:  George Bush Presidential Library Foundation Scholarship, $2,000, College Station, Texas, USA.

2002:  European Commission, Jean Monnet Chair.

2005:  European Commission Jean Monnet European Module (undergraduate level): ‘The New European Union’, €13,900.

2005:  Higher Education Academy Subject Network for History, Classics and Archaeology: ‘The Scholarship of Engagement of History’, £2,910.

2004:  HEFCE FDTL Phase 5 (2004-7): ‘The Scholarship of Engagement of Politics’, £249,089.40 (plus £25,000 transferability funding). This was a multi-University partnership that involved Coventry University, University of Warwick, and Oxford Brookes University. Co-investigator 2004-6, principal investigator 2006-7

2002:  European Commission Jean Monnet European Module (postgraduate level): ‘European Integration – Nationalism and Supranationality’, €9,100.

2002:  Higher Education Subject Network for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics: ‘the Internet as a teaching tool in UK Departments of Politics and International Relations’, £1,000.

2002:  European Parliament sponsored Question Time Workshop, October, £500.

2001:  Awarded a study tour of Japan by the Japanese Government. This was a competitive award to approximately 20 European citizens under the age of 35. 

Professional esteem indicators

I am presently an external examiner:

- MA in History at the University of Nottingham; and
- BA Politics and MA Politics and Research Methods at the University of Leicester.

Honorary Treasurer UK Political Studies Association

Editor European Political Science

Review Editor of European Foreign Affairs Review

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