Professor Alasdair Blair, Co-Director of the CEG
Jean Monnet Professor of International Relations
Professor Alasdair Blair has published 12 books on European integration, British foreign policy and International Relations, and in excess of 60 articles and book chapters. His publications are used as key reading materials on University courses in countries throughout the world, among them are Britain and the World since 1945 (Routledge, 2014) The European Union: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld, 2012) and The European Union since 1945 (Longman, 2010). He also serves as Review Editor of European Foreign Affairs Review, and as a National Teaching Fellow.
Alasdair is actively involved in supervising research students, having supervised 8 research students to completion. He is presently supervising 7 research students on topics that include among others the Council of Europe and multi-level governance, Libya and the EU, intercultural communication challenges on multicultural teams in Saudi Arabian organisations, the translation norms for Chinese culture-specific expressions in the Chinese Premier’s press conference, and the popular discourse of space exploration and the practice of soft power. Alasdair is also an external examiner on BA and MA programmes at the University of Leicester and University of Nottingham.
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Dr Kenneth Morrison, Co-Director of the CEG
Reader in Modern Southeast European History
A specialist in the field of modern Southeast European history and politics, he has published the first concise modern history of Montenegro and completing ground-breaking research in the Sandžak (the multi-ethnic area that straddles the border of Serbia and Montenegro). He has provided analysis for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, BBC News, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Jane's-IHS Global, Balkan Insight, the Chatham House publication ‘The World Today’, and has written for, or given numerous interviews to, media throughout Europe. In 2011-12 he was a Visiting Senior Fellow at the European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
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Professor Estella Baker
Professor of European Criminal Law and Justice
Professor Estella Baker is a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on EU Criminal Policy, and has previously held posts at the University of Sheffield and the University of Leicester, as well as visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Penal Law, Freiburg; the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia; and the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge. She was a trustee of Fair Trials International from 2002-2008, and chaired the Board of Trustees from 2006-2008.
Estella's primary area of expertise is EU, transnational and comparative criminal law and justice, particularly the evolving penal competence of the EU and its role in governance and citizenship.
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Dr Steven Griggs
Reader in Local Governance
Dr Steven Griggs’ research evaluates the contribution of political discourse theory to our understanding of the policy process, analysing, in particular, how shared meanings or institutional rules and norms emerge to ‘make sense’, privilege or constrain different democratic spaces within the policy process. Empirically, he has investigated these theoretical questions through research into two main areas of study. First, he has investigated the politics of sustainable aviation and the expansion of airports in the United Kingdom. Second, he has analysed the dynamics of participation in neighbourhood governance and the democratic limits of the emerging discourse of community cohesion and sustainable communities. His current research critically engages with the governance of local public services under conditions of austerity and how local politicians, officers and community activists might best mediate complex economic and social demands and manage conflicts across local communities and neighbourhoods. He is the co-editor of Critical Policy Studies.
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Professor Colin Copus
Professor of Local Politics, and Director of the Local Governance Research Unit
Professor Colin Copus has expertise in local governance, local party politics, local political leadership, local policy development, the changing role of the councillor and small party and independent politics. He is the author of two major books: Leading the Localities: Executive Mayors in English Local Governance (Manchester University Press, 2006) and Party Politics and Local Government (Manchester University Press, 2004). He is also widely published in academic journals.
He is a regular key note speaker at academic and policy conferences, nationally and internationally as well as editing Local Government Studies since 2001. He has served as a councillor on a London Borough council, a county and a district council and three parish councils.
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Professor Jonathan Davies
Professor of Critical Policy Studies
Professor Jonathan Davies brings his expertise in Governance and Critical Policy Studies. His first monograph Partnerships and Regimes: The Politics of Urban Regeneration in the UK was published by Ashgate in 2001. His second, Challenging Governance Theory: from Networks to Hegemony was published by The Policy Press in September 2011. In addition, he has published in leading journals including the Journal of Urban Affairs, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Environment and Planning, Urban Studies, Political Studies, Policy & Politics, Public Administration and The Political Quarterly. Together with David L. Imbroscio, he also co-edited the second edition of Theories of Urban Politics (Sage, 2009), The Sage Library of Political Science encyclopaedic work on Urban Politics (Sage, 2010) and Critical Urban Studies: New Directions (SUNY Press, 2010). His research interests span critical issues in governance, urban studies and public policy.
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