The ACE team

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Centre Directors 

Dr Ed TurnerDr Ed Turner 

Co-Director of ACE 

Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations                                   Interest: German Politics, Housing Policy,  federalism, decentralisation and public policy                                                                                                       Background: European Politics 


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 


Prof 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 



Centre Members

Professor David BaileyProfessor 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)  


Dr 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) 


Dr Helena Farrand-CarrapicoDr Helena Farrand-Carrapico 

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.  

 


Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick

Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick 

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




Dr 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.


Dr Caroline Gray

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) 


Dr 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 


Dr. Yaprak Gursoy

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 


Dr 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 


Dr 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

 


Dr Jörg MathiasDr 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).



Dr 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



Dr Patrycja RozbickaDr 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 
 


DrDavide Vampa

Dr Davide 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 

 


Dr 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).