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Mr Alistair Jones

Job: Associate Professor and University Teacher Fellow

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Research group(s): Local Governance Research Centre

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

T: +44 (0)116 2078787




Personal profile

I have worked at DMU since September 1991.  During this time, I have taught on a wide range of subjects at DMU, including a range of modules on British Politics, the EU, public affairs, public administration and public sector management. Added to this, I have been an Erasmus lecturer at the Charles University, Prague, lecturing on Brexit and on English local government. For the last six years, I have also taught at Liaoning National University, Shenyang, on British Culture, as part of the preparation of Chinese students coming to study in the UK. I feature in local, national and international media on a regular basis, especially in relation to Brexit, but also on more general aspects of British politics.

Research group affiliations

Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC)

Key research outputs

“Where has all the Public Administration gone?”  This won the award for the best paper at the PAC annual conference 18-19 July 2012

Research interests/expertise

European Union, elections, English Parish Councils

Areas of teaching

British Politics

Politics of the European Union


  • BA (Hons) Political Science (Canterbury, New Zealand)
  • MA Political Science (Canterbury, New Zealand

Courses taught

Introduction to British Politics, Politics in Business, Politics of the European Union, Britain and European Integration

Honours and awards

  • Best Paper Award, PAC annual conference, Plymouth, July 2012
  • University Teacher Fellow, DMU, August 2014
  • Long Service Award, DMU, March 2017
  • Research Oscars, Faculty of Business and Law, DMU, for Research Engagement in the Media, July 2019

Membership of external committees

  • Public Administration Committee, member of the Executive Committee since 2008
  • Joint University Council, member of the Executive since 2008
  • European Urban Research Association, member of the Executive Committee since 2019


  • Parish Councils in England
  • Local Government engagement with civil society. I am working on the English part of this European project

Forthcoming events

I am co-convening the PAC annual conference at DMU, September 2021


Conference attendance

R. Lishman and A. Jones; "Putting the Action into Politics: Embedding Employability in the Academic Curriculum" Paper to the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) annual conference (virtual), 24-29 August 2020

“Parish Councils – a real resurgence?” Paper to the PAC (Public Administration Committee) annual conference, University of Northumbria, 17-18 September 2019

Convenor of a panel for the ECPR annual conference, “Teaching Politics and IR to Non-Subject Students”, Wrocław, Poland, 4-7 September 2019

“Teaching Public Affairs – The Cinderella Subject of Journalism Courses” Paper to the ECPR annual conference, Wrocław, Poland, 4-7 September 2019, with Tor Clark

Speaker at a Faculty seminar at Liaoning National University, China, entitled “Me and My Teaching” 7 November 2018

 “Parish Councils and Councillors: a resurgence in the most local tier of government in England?” Paper to the ECPR annual conference, Hamburg, Germany 22-26 August 2018

“Are we doing them a dis-service? Preparing students to study overseas: a case study of Chinese students and British Culture” Paper to the ECPR annual conference, Hamburg, Germany 22-26 August 2018

“Are we learning from the old? A case study of Welsh local government restructuring” Paper to the European Urban Research Association (EURA) annual conference, Tilburg, Netherlands, 20-23 June 2018

“Restructuring Local Government - It's not just central interference: A case study of Wales” Paper to the ECPR 2017 Annual Conference, Oslo, Norway, 6-9 September, 2017

 “What is 'Good Governance'? A Model of 'Good Governance' for restructuring English Local Government” Paper to the EURA 2017 Annual Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 21-24 June, 2017

“Combined Authorities: Urban imperialism or loss of urban identity?” Rachel Wall and Alistair Jones. Paper to the EURA 2017 Annual Conference, Warsaw, Poland, 21-24 June, 2017

"Independent Politics in Wales: Diverse practices but needing a permanent presence” Paper to the EURA 2016 Annual Conference, Torino, Italy, 16-18 June 2016

C.Copus and A.Jones; "Restructuring Welsh Local Government: Lesson-learning from New Zealand", EURA annual conference, "Transforming cities, transformative cities" University of Lucian Braga in Sibiu, Romania, 17-20 September 2015

T. Clark and A.Jones; "Teaching Public Affairs - the Cinderella Subject of Journalism courses", UK Association for Journalism Educational annual conference - The Future of Journalism Education, University of Greenwich, 25-26 June 2015

T. Clark and A.Jones; "Not what they want but what they need - teaching Politics to Journalism students" Student Transitions - the Triad of Understanding Learning and Teaching conference, De Montfort University, 3 September 2014

 "Junior Ministers: Are they really political eunuchs?", PAC annual conference, Edinburgh, 9-11 September 2013

“Where has all the Public Administration gone?”  PAC annual conference, 18-19 July 2012. This won the award for the best paper at the conference


Key research outputs

Copus, C. and Jones, A. 'Welsh Local Government Association Literature Review on Council Size: Commission on Public Service Governance & Delivery Service Provider Consultation'

Consultancy work

Worked with the Council of Europe to advise the Parliament of Ukraine on ethics and accountability in local government, 2017; compiled a literature review to inform the Welsh Local Government Association's submission to the Williams Committee on public sector governance and delivery, 2014. Currently available

Current research students

  • Rachel Wall, full time, second supervisor
  • Lynn Wyeth, part-time, second supervisor

Media work

Below are some of my most recent media appearance:

11 December 2020  - BBC Asian Network, where I discussed the state of play in relation to the Brexit negotiations

7 December 2020  - RT UK, where I discussed the impact of the Internal Market legislation (which was returning to the House of Commons) and the impact on the Brexit trade negotiations.  Available at

1 December 2020  - BBC Radio Leicester, where there was an interview on one month until the end of the Brexit Transition Period, and what is likely to happen

29 November 2020  - Sputnik International, where I discussed the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle in the New Year.  Available at

23 November 2020  - Sputnik UK, where I discussed the possibility of a No Deal Brexit.  Available at

19 November 2020  - RT UK, where I discussed the possibility of a backbench rebellion over plans to extend the Covid lockdown.  Available at

15 November 2020  - Daily Express, where I was interviewed over the impact of the US Presidential election results on Brexit (available at, and on Keir Starmer and Labour's anti-semitism inquiry

3 November 2020  - RT UK, where I examined the future of the Union

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