The research group is a diverse community of scholars, utilising a wide array of methodological approaches to answer empirical and theoretical questions relating to democracy and governance.

Our research ranges across political activism and citizens, legislative politics, voting behaviour, applied ethics, public administration, electoral integrity, concepts of democracy, political rhetoric and speech, cultural policy,  the EU administration, policy appraisals and political leadership.

Staff Research Interests​

The politics, institutions and theory group includes:​

  • Pierre Bocquillon energy, regulation, EU institutions​
  • Sally Broughton Micova media freedom, online platforms and digital technology in democracy.
  • Alex Brown political philosophy, jurisprudence, applied ethics, history of political thought​
  • Alan Finlayson political thought, social theory, cultural studies, rhetoric, ideology, interpretive methods, critical policy studies, democratic theory, agonism, cultural politics​
  • Carla Ibled contemporary discourses of neoliberalism
  • Juvaria Jafri financial inclusion, digital financial access, and financial instruments
  • Toby James electoral integrity, democratic theory, electoral administration and management, statecraft, political leadership, the policy process​
  • Hussein Kassim (Honorary Professor) EU institutions and policy, the EU and its member states, aviation, competition policy and regulation​
  • Ben Little political activism, digital capitalism
  • Kate Mattocks policy learning, decision-making, cultural policy
  • Anuradha Sajjanhar race and ethnicity, processes of policy making, and right-wing mobilisation in the US, UK and India
  • John Street (Emeritus Professor) copyright and copyright policy, the politics of music, celebrity politics, political communication​
  • Eitan Tzelgov legislative/party politics, text analysis, quantitative methods​
  • John Turnpenny evidence and public policy-making, policy analysis tools, scientific evidence​
  • Alex Williams hegemony, political strategy, digital cultures, digital politics, digital platforms, Marxism, social movements, politics of work​


To learn more about this research group, please contact Professor Toby James.
Prospective research students with interests in the areas covered by this research group are invited to visit postgraduate research for general enquiries, or contact Dr. Sally Broughton-Micova.