Department of Political Science


Dr Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks

Dr Tim Hicks

Associate Professor in Public Policy

  • Room: 3.01, 31 Tavistock Sq.
  • Telephone: 020 3108 9582 (x59582)
  • Email: t.hicks@ucl.ac.uk

Tim is currently conducting research on three topics - all of which are focused on "developed democracies":

  • The Politics of Austerity and Fiscal Policy
  • The Connection Between Economic and Political Inequality
  • The Politics of Schools Policy

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 any of these areas.

More broadly, I would be willing to supervise projects focused on comparative political economy in advanced industrialized democracies


  • 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. DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12346
  • 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. Edward Elgar.
  • 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. DOI: 10.1086/686157
  • Hicks, Timothy (2016). “Acting Right? Privatization, Encompassing Interests, and the Left”. Political Science Research & Methods 4:2, pp.427–448. DOI: 10.1017/psrm.2015.11
  • Hicks, Timothy (2015). “Inequality, marketisation, and the left: Schools policy in England and Sweden”. European Journal of Political Research 54:2, 326-342. DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.12086
  • Hicks, Timothy (2014). “Partisan Governance and Policy Implementation: The Politics of Academy Conversion Amongst English Schools”. Public Administration 92:4, 995-1016. DOI: 10.1111/padm.12100
  • Hicks, Timothy (2013). “Partisan Strategy and Path Dependence: The Post-War Emergence of Health Systems in the UK and Sweden”. Comparative Politics 45:2, 207–226. DOI: 10.5129/001041513804634244