Meet the ACE team
Helena Farrand-Carrapico

Dr Helena Farrand-Carrapico

Co-Director of ACE

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interests: European Security, European Union Justice and Home Affairs, organised crime, cyber security.
  • Background: International Relations; European Union Studies. 
John Gaffney

Prof John Gaffney

Co-Director of ACE

  • Title: Professor of Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Political Leadership, Political Rhetoric, Party Politics, UK Politics, French Politics.
  • Background: Political theory 
Dr Carolyn Rowe

Dr Carolyn Rowe

Co-Director of ACE

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Regional politics, decentralisation, German politics, federalism, political communication
  • Background: European Politics

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Professor David Bailey

  • Title: Professor of Industry
  • Interest: Economic Restructuring, Industrial Policy and Foreign Investment
  • Background: Ph.D.Industrial Development Policy in and for a Globalising Economy. Birmingham Business School (2003), M.Soc.Sc. Russian and East European Studies / Economics. University of Birmingham. (Funded by an ESRC Competition Award) (1990), B.Soc.Sc. Economics. First Class Honours. University of Birmingham (1988) 
Amanda Russell Beattie

Dr Amanda Russell Beattie

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: International Ethics, Critical International Relations, Migration & Citizenship
  • Background: Ph.D, International Relations (St. Andrews) M. Litt. International Security Studies (St. Andrews) M. Ed. (Aston University, June 2017), B.A. (Hons), Political Science (McGill University)
Daniel Fitzpatrick

Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics
  • Interest: Theories of political culture and state transformation
  • Background: comparative politics
Andrew Glencross

Dr Andrew Glencross

  • Title:  Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Brexit, European Integration, IR theory
  • Background: I grew up in the north of England and am a graduate of the University of Cambridge (BA Social and Political Studies and M.Phil. Historical Studies) as well as a former Joseph Hodges Choate Fellow at Harvard University from 2000-01.
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Dr Caroline Gray

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and Spanish
  • Interest: Spanish politics, Southern Europe, nationalist movements, federalism and decentralisation
  • Background: First class BA and MSt in Modern Languages (University of Oxford), PhD in Politics (University of Liverpool)
Virginie Grzelczyk

Dr Virginie Grzelczyk 

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Associate Dean Portfolio Development and Recruitment
  • Interests: North Korea, Foreign Policy, International Security, International Relations, Rogue States
  • Background: International Relations and Conflict Resolution
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Dr. Yaprak Gursoy

  • Title: Lecturer, Politics & International Relations
  • Interests: Democratization and Regime Change, Civil-Military Relations, Turkish Politics, Greek Politics
  • Background: Comparative Politics and International Relations with a Ph.D and M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, USA and a B.A. in International Relations from Koc University, Turkey 


Anne Jenichen

Dr Anne Jenichen

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: international and European human rights policy, particularly in the fields of gender and religion
  • Background: cross-disciplinary research on international norms and organisations
Lucian Leustean

Dr Lucian Leustean 

  • Title: Reader in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Religion and Politics in The EU
  • Background: Politics and International Relations, Law and Theology
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Dr Jörg Mathias

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interests: Welfare State Politics in Western Europe, Regions and Regionalism, German Politics, Swedish Politics
  • Background: PhD in Politics (University of Wales, Cardiff, 2000), MA in Politics and Applied Linguistics (University of Leipzig, 1994).


Cristian Nitoiu

Dr Cristian Nitoiu

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: EU and Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, international relations, the European public sphere or international political communication
  • Background: International Relations

Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Peacebuilding, transitional justice, refugee crisis, political and urban geography, Western Balkans
  • Background: International relations, ethnography and area studies
Patrycja Rozbicka

Dr Patrycja Rozbicka

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University
  • Interest: European Union, interest groups, and regulation of music industry
  • Background: Comparative politics 
 Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations; Deputy Director of the Aston Centre for Europe
  • Interest: politics of development aid, political economy of foreign direct investment
  • Background: political economy
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DrDavide Vampa 

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interests: Local and Regional Politics and Public Policy, Social Policy, Party Politics, Populism
  • Background: Comparative Politics and Public Policy
Jens-Uwe Wunderlich

Dr Jens-Uwe Wunderlich

  • Title: Lecturer in International Relations, Aston University 
  • Interest: Comparative Regionalism, International Relations of East Asia
  • Background: International Relations,Business Management and Economics
  • Author of: Regionalism, Globalisation and International Order, 2007, Aldershot, Ashgate; The European Union and Global Governance: A Handbook, 2011, London, Routledge (with D.J. Bailey).