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Charlie Jeffery

Charlie Jeffery
Professor Charlie Jeffery
Senior Vice Principal; Professor of Politics
Charles Stewart House 9-16 Chambers Street Edinburgh UK EH1 1HT
+44 (0)131 650 6443
Research Interests
Regionalism, Multi-level governance, Public attitudes, Public policy, Scottish Politics, Territorial Politics


Charlie Jeffery was apppointed Senior Vice-Principal of the University of Edinburgh on 1 October 2014, having held a Chair of Politics at the University since 2004. He previously served as Vice-Principal for Public Policy (2012-2014), as Director of the Academy of Government (2011-2014), as Head of the School of Social and Political Science (2009-2012), and as Co-Director of the Institute of Governance (2004-2009). He previously held academic appointments at the University of Leicester and the University of Birmingham where he was appointed Professor of German Politics in 1999.

Charlie has held a number of public advisory and consultancy roles. He has been an advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004-05), the Committee on Standards in Public Life (2002-07), the EU Committee of the Regions (2002-05), and was a member of the Independent Expert Group on Finance advising the Commission on Scottish Devolution (2008-09). He was formerly a member of the Council of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (2005-11), chairing its Research Committee. During 2012-13 Charlie was one of six members of the McKay Commission examining the issues raised by the West Lothian Question. The Commission reported in March 2013 and the final report can be read here. In his role as Research Coordinator for the ESRC's Future of the UK and Scotland programme, Charlie played a leading role in the public debate about Scotland's independence referendum.

Research & Teaching

Charlie's research is in three main fields:

  • comparative territorial politics, including multi-level governance in the EU and the regional dimensions of party systems and voting behaviour;
  • devolution in the UK;
  • and German politics, in particular EU policymaking and the German federal system.

Charlie directed the Economic and Social Research Council's research programme on Devolution and Constitutional Change from 2000-07, which ran 35 projects at universities across the UK. He has led research projects funded by the ESRC, the Volkswagen Foundation in Germany, the Leverhulme Trust, the James Madison Trust, the European Union, and the European Science Foundation. He has carried out applied research and consultancy for the Local Government Association, the English Regions Network, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, and Age Scotland.


Charlie's recent books include Citizenship after the Nation State (co-edited with Ailsa Henderson and Daniel Wincott, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), The Scottish Parliament 1999-2009: The First Decade (co-edited with James Mitchell, Luath Press, 2010), Rethinking Germany and Europe: Democracy and Diplomacy in a Semi-Sovereign State (co-edited with Simon Bulmer and Stephen Padgett, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and Devolution and Electoral Politics (with Dan Hough, Manchester University Press, 2006).

Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in regional (or territorial) politics in the UK and comparatively (covering both Europe and North America). I am happy to supervise work on regional public attitudes, parties and elections, public policy innovation and variation, and regional dimensions of EU governance (multi-level governance). I also supervise work in German politics, especially on federalism and on German EU policy.

If you are interested in being supervised by Charlie Jeffery, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics