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I am currently the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. Prior to this role,I was Director of Teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the Open University. During my time at the OU (2006-2019), I focused on the production of distance-learning materials for entry-level introductory Social Science modules winning a number of prizes and nominations for this work including: European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2018/2019) and being shortlisted for the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year in the THE Awards 2017. At Huddersfield, I became a National Teaching Fellow in 2020 and was shortlisted again in 2020 for the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year in the THE Awards. My latest co-authored publication is due out in May 2023 with Manchester University Press: Devolution in Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.

Research Expertise and Interests

My research interests fall into two broad areas of research which are connected by a focus on citizen participation.  My first area of research expertise is Spanish politics with a specific focus on issues relating to democracy and democratisation including historical memory and transitional justice and social movements.  My second area of research expertise is local governance in England with a particular focus on devolution, combined authorities and metro-mayors in Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Spanish politics
  • Democracy
  • democratisation
  • transitional justice
  • devolution
  • metro-mayors
  • Citizen Participation
  • social movements
  • historical memory
  • Local governance in England
  • combined authorities


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