Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Dr Simon Lightfoot

Senior Lecturer in European Politics

Before he came to Leeds since 2005, Simon Lightfoot worked at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Europe Centre, Australian National University and the Corvinus University of Budapest. He is co-organiser of the EADI Working Group ‘Development Aid of the Non-DAC Donors’. He has an interest in learning and teaching issues. In 2009 he won the Political Studies Association's Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching and was awarded a full University Teaching Fellowship. In 2013 Simon won the prestigious award of National Teaching Fellow:

Research Interests

My current research projects focus on the folllowing.

  • EU Development Policy and the enlargements of the EU in 2004 and 2007
  • Attitudes of social democratic parties to European integration, especially in CEE states
  • The organisational development of Europarties
  • The EU and Sustainable Development


I currently teach Governing the EU (Undergraduate Level 2) as well as the EU and the Developing World (MA).

PhD Supervision

I currently supervise seven Phd students and would be interested in supervising people in the following areas.

  • EU Development Policy
  • EU Environmental Policy, especially the EU as a global actor for sustainable development
  • Social Democratic Parties and European Integration
  • Europarties

Key Publications

Edited books
  • Geyer, Robert and Lightfoot, Simon (2010) 'The Strengths and Limits of New Forms of EU Governance: The Cases of Mainstreaming and Impact Assessment in EU Public Health and Sustainable Development Policy', Journal of European Integration, 32: 4, pp. 339-356.
  • Lightfoot, S (2010) 'The Europeanisation of International Development Policies: The Case of Central and Eastern European States'. EUROPE-ASIA STUDIES, 62, pp. 329-350.
  • Vittek, M and Lightfoot, S (2010) 'The Europeanization of Slovak Development Cooperation?', Contemporary European Studies, (1), pp. 21-37.
  • Lightfoot, S. (2008) Enlargement and the Challenge of EU Development Policy, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, 9(2) pp. 128-142. 
  • Holmes, M. and Lightfoot, S. (2007) 'The Europeanisation of left political parties: limits to adaptation and consensus'. Capital and Class 93, pp. 101-19.

Media Contact Areas

  • European Union, in particular, environment policy and relations with developing world
  • Environmental Politics
  • Social Democratic Parties
  • Europarties

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