Dr Mette Wiggen
Teaching Fellow (part-time)
I am a Teaching Fellow in European Politics and International Development. My background is in practical politics and campaigning. My particular concern and interest is in obstacles to development due to restrictive immigration policies, cut backs to welfare and economic liberalisation.
I am exploring left options to neo-liberalism. I am especially interested in the reasons why 'red' and 'green' parties in European government coalitions have failed to promote alternatives to neo-liberal economic and social policy. I focus on how the impact of neo-liberalism affects welfare and development for the poor in the west and in the global south. My main point of reference is the Norwegian red- green government coalition and its failure to ensure inclusion, equality and development for the poor.
I teach European politics and Development. I also teach an introductory module to politics for mature students on a pre-undergraduate foundation level course. The foundation module can be seen as a 'taster' of different programmes and modules POLIS offers. I also teach skills workshops/lectures for MA students. I am a student adviser at the University Skills Centre where I give one to one sessions on specific problems students might have with assessments or studying in general. I also run workshops on different study skills at the Skills Centre.