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Centre Directors 

Dr Andrew GlencrossDr Andrew Glencross 

Co-Director of ACE 

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 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 


Dr Ed Turner

Dr 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


 Founding Directors

Prof John Gaffney

Prof John Gaffney

Founding Director of ACE

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


Prof Simon GreenSimon Green

Founding Director of ACE

Title: 50th Anniversary Professor of Politics / Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Interest: European and German Politics, Immigration and Citizenship in Europe
Background: I gained my PhD in contemporary German politics in 2000 from the University of Birmingham. After academic posts at the Universities of Portsmouth and Birmingham, I joined Aston in 2008 as Professor of Politics. I co-founded the Aston Centre for Europe in 2009.


Deputy Directors

Dr Caroline Gray

Dr Caroline Gray

Deputy Director of ACE

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 Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik 

Deputy Director of ACE

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 Laura Southgate

Dr Laura Southgate

Deputy Director of ACE

Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Interests: Southeast Asian international relations and security, regionalism, governance, sovereignty and intervention
Background: International relations.


Centre Members

Dr Judi Atkins

Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Interest: Political rhetoric, ideology, British politics, national identity
Background: Political Theory


 

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-Carrapico

Dr 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 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 


DDr Andrew hammondr Andrew Hammond

Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Interests: America in the World, narratives of ‘freedom’, museums, oral history, 9/11, CIA
Background: diplomatic history/international security

 


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 Mathias

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).


 Dr Ying MiaoDr Ying Miao

Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Interests: Class and Politics, Political Culture, Populism, Cyber Governance, Chinese Politics                  
Background: History (BA King’s College London), Development Studies (MPhil & PhD, University of Cambridge)

 


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 Patricia Correa Vila

Dr Patricia Correa Vila

Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University
Interest: Party politics, Territorial politics, Spanish politics, Activism
Background: Comparative politics

 

 


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).