Professor Simon Green

Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research
50 th Anniversary Professor of Politics

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Simon Green is Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research. He was educated at the Universities of Manchester, Heidelberg and Birmingham and has held academic appointments at the Universities of Portsmouth (1997-2000) and Birmingham (2000-8), where he was also Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. He joined Aston as Professor of Politics in 2008 and served as Head of Politics and International Relations (2009-11), Deputy Dean (2011-13) and Executive Dean (2013-).

His research interests lie in European politics, especially in comparative immigration, integration and citizenship policy, as well as in German political structures and party politics. In 2010-11 (with Ed Turner), he held a research grant, funded by the DAAD’s Promoting German Studies in the UK Programme, into the changing nature of Christian Democracy in Germany. In 2012-14, together with Dr Christin Hess, he undertook a further project, also funded by the DAAD, comparing migration policies in the UK and Germany. He is the co-author (together with Dan Hough and Alister Miskimmon) of The Politics of the New Germany (Routledge, second edition 2012), a major new undergraduate textbook on contemporary Germany. 

Professor Green was a member of the Area Studies Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and currently serves on the Advisory Group of the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe Programme. From 2009-11, he was Chair of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP) and in 2011, he was elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences. Alongside his academic activities, Professor Green is active in British-German relations. From 2006-10, he served as Co-chair of UK-German Connection, a joint initiative of the UK and German governments to strengthen school and youth links. In 2013 and 2014, he and Dr Hess were commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to convene two high-level British-German policy seminars on migration, held in London (2013) and Berlin (2014).

  • BA (University of Manchester)
  • PhD (University of Birmingham)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Immigration and Citizenship policy in Europe 
  • German politics 
  • European politics 


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