Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Centre for European Politics contact

Dr Simon Lightfoot
Centre for European Politics
School of Politics and International Studies
Email Simon Lightfoot
Tel: 0113 343 1765


The University Association for Contemporary European Studies is an academic association for academics, students and practitioners interested in all aspects of Europe and the European Union. The University of Leeds, School of Politics and International Studies hosted the UACES Annual Conference in 2013.

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PhD students

We have a number of PhD students working on European related topics here at Leeds and we would welcome applications from well qualified students.

Current and recent research students:

Centre for European Politics

About us

The Centre for European Politics was formed within the School of Politics and International Studies in 2012.

It provides a focus for staff within the School working and researching in the area of European and, in particular, EU politics.

We bring together those interested in European Politics and Policy in order to produce, promote and disseminate outstanding scholarship within the field.

We are strongly committed to inter-disciplinarity and methodological pluralism, the centre is open to researchers in other disciplines that share our broad research interest in European Politics and Policy.


  • Charlie Dannreuther is a Lecturer in European Political Economy whose work explores international political economy through small business policy.
  • Simon Lightfoot is the Centre’s Deputy Director. He is interested in Europarties, development cooperation and the environment. He is co-organiser of the UACES Research Network "The Governance of Sustainability: Multiple Dimensions, Multiple Approaches" and the EADI Working Group ‘Development Aid of the Non-DAC Donors’
  • Nick Robinson’s work encapsulates three inter-related issues: redistribution in the EU; concepts of power and agenda setting; and politics and activism within the transport and environmental field. 
  • Mette Wiggen’s work explores left options to neo-liberalism.  Her main point of reference is the Norwegian red-green government coalition and its failure to ensure inclusion, equality and development for the poor.
  • Neil Winn’s research has particularly focused on the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union and the international relations of Europe in general.

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