Department of Political Science


Dr Tim Hicks

Associate Professor in Public Policy
3.06, 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Tel: 020 3108 9582 (x59582)
Email: t.hicks@ucl.ac.uk

I am an Associate Professor in Public Policy. Between January 2011 and June 2014, I was an Ussher Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Department of Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin.

Before moving to Dublin, I was a doctoral (DPhil) student in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford. During the spring semester of 2009, I was also a visiting student at Yale’s Department of Political Science.

I study a range of issues falling within comparative politics, public policy, and comparative political economy, where my focus is on industrialised democracies.


I am currently conducting research in three overlapping areas of study:

  1. The politics of austerity and of fiscal policy more generally.
  2. The politics of economic inequality.
  3. Political economy and the media.
  • Blumenau, Jack, Timothy Hicks and Raluca Pahontu (Forthcoming). “Risk and Health Policy Preferences: Evidence from the UK COVID-19 Crisis”. British Journal of Political Science.
  • Barnes, Lucy and Timothy Hicks (2022). “Are Policy Analogies Persuasive? The Household Budget Analogy and Public Support for Austerity”. British Journal of Political Science. 52:3, pp.1296-1314
  • Jacobs, Alan, J. Scott Matthews, Timothy Hicks, and Eric Merkley (2021).3 “Whose News? Class-Biased Economic Reporting in the USA”. American Political Science Review 115:3, pp.1016-1033.
  • Barnes, Lucy and Timothy Hicks (2021). “All Keynesians Now? Public Support for Countercyclical Government Borrowing”. Political Science Research & Methods 9:1, pp.180-188.
  • Barnes, Lucy and Timothy Hicks (2018). “Making Austerity Popular: The Media and Mass Attitudes Towards Fiscal Policy”. American Journal of Political Science 62:2, pp.340-354.
  • Chapman, Bruce and Timothy Hicks (2018). “The Politics of the Higher Education Contribution Scheme”, in Hamish Coates, Brendan Cantwell, and Roger King (Eds.), Handbook on the Politics of Higher Education. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. Ch.14, pp.248-264.
  • Hicks, Timothy, Alan M. Jacobs, and J. Scott Matthews (2016). “Inequality and Electoral Accountability: Class-Biased Economic Voting in Comparative Perspective”. Journal of Politics 78:4, pp.1076-1093.
  • Hicks, Timothy (2016).  “Acting Right? Privatization, Encompassing Interests, and the Left”.  Political Science Research & Methods 4:2, pp.427-448.
  • Hicks, Timothy (2015). “Inequality, marketisation, and the left: Schools policy in England and Sweden”.  European Journal of Political Research 54:2, pp.326-342. - Republished as part of the Qualitative Research Virtual Special Issue of the EJPR (Mar. 2016).
  • Hicks, Timothy (2014).  “Partisan Governance and Policy Implementation: The Politics of Academy Conversion Amongst English Schools”.  Public Administration 92:4, pp.995-1016.
  • Hicks, Timothy (2013).  “Partisan Strategy and Path Dependence: The Post-War Emergence of Health Systems in the UK and Sweden”. Comparative Politics 45:2, pp.207-226.

I currently teach the core “Introduction to Politics” module for first-year PPE students (together with Adam Swift). More details can be found here.

If you are thinking of applying for a PhD in Political Science at UCL, then please do contact me if you plan to work in areas that overlap with my own research interests. Most broadly, I would be willing to supervise projects focused on comparative political economy in advanced industrialized democracies.