- Professor Charlie Jeffery
- Professor of Politics; Director of the Academy of Government; and Vice-Principal (Public Policy and Impact)
- Politics and International RelationsSchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
- 3.05 58 George Square Edinburgh UK
- +44 (0)131 650 3553
- Research Interests
- Regionalism,Multi-level governance,Public attitudes,Public policy,Scottish Politics,Territorial Politics
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Charlie was educated at Loughborough University where he completed a B.A. (Hons.) and a Ph.D. in European Studies. He was a Lecturer at the University of Leicester before moving to the University of Birmingham in 1994, where he was Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. He was appointed Professor of German Politics in 1999. Since coming to Edinburgh in 2004, Charlie has been Co-Director of the Institute of Governance (2004-09) and Head of the School of Social & Political Science (2009-12).
Charlie 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 is a member of the editorial board of Regional & Federal Studies having previously served as Managing Editor. He was formerly a member of the Council of the ESRC (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.
Currently, Charlie is a member of the Politics and International Studies sub-panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and has been appointed Research Coordinator for the ESRC's Future of the UK and Scotland programme. Since 2011 he has been Chair of the UK Political Studies Association.
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 teaches German politics, European integration and comparative territorial politics.
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.
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