Department of Political Science


Senior Promotions for 2013

19 September 2013

The Department is delighted to announce two Senior Promotions for 2013

Dr Kristin M. Bakke promotion to Senior Lecturer 

Kristin Bakke

Dr. Bakke’s research focuses on the causes, dynamics, and consequences of political violence. She has published articles that explore the ways in which decentralization can help contain (or fuel) armed separatist conflicts; how competition among factions within self-determination groups affect the use of violence (for an introduction to this research, see her presentation at TEDx UCL); the ways in which foreign fighters shape domestic insurgencies; inter-ethnic attitudes in post-war societies; and post-war state-building. She has several recent and ongoing collaborative projects with both geographers (John O’Loughlin and Gerard Toal) and other political scientists (Kathleen Cunningham, Lee Seymour, and Mike Ward). Dr. Bakke’s research relies on both quantitative and qualitative methods, and she has done fieldwork in several countries, including Canada, India, and Russia. In her recent ESRC-funded project (2012-2014), Dr. Bakke’s research analyses post-war state-building in so-called de facto states in the former Soviet world, including public perceptions of these entities’ internal legitimacy. She is just back from a fieldtrip to Abkhazia.

Dr Christine Reh promotion to Senior Lecturer

Christine Reh

In the sub-field of European politics, Christine Reh’s research focuses on constitutional politics, the theory and practice of international negotiation, informal decision-making in the European Union and legitimate governance beyond the state. Her work is motivated by an interest in the informal politics and everyday negotiation behind political decisions on policies, constitutions and international treaties. Albeit crucial for the process and outcome of decision-making, these dimensions of politics are routinely left unexplained. Christine's research therefore addresses questions such as: What is the role of pre-decision-making in international negotiations? How does everyday decision-making—political and judicial—influence the reform of international treaties? Why do legislators choose informal secluded over formal inclusive arenas? What are the democratic consequences of informal politics? Christine is the co-author of Constitutionalizing the European Union (with Thomas Christiansen; Palgrave, 2009), the co-editor of Politics as Compromise (with Richard Bellamy and Markus Kornprobst; Government and Opposition, 2012) and of Twenty Year of Legislative Codecision in the European Union (with Anne Rasmussen and Charlotte Burns; Journal of European Public Policy, 2013). She has recently completed an ESRC-funded project on the reasons for and the consequences of the "informalisation" of the EU's legislative process since 1999 (with Adrienne Héritier), and she was a member of the APSA President's 2013 Task Force on "Negotiating Agreement in Politics". 

Many congratulations on this well-deserved acknowledgement of their research achievements and contributions to teaching. Promotions are effective from 1st October 2013.

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