Department of Political Science


Postgraduate Research Supervisors

An overview of the supervision interests of individual members of staff within the Department.

Before you apply you need to get in touch with a potential principal supervisor on the basis of a detailed research proposal. 

As each student will also have a second supervisor, prospective students should ensure that their research proposal fits with the research interests of at least two members of staff listed below. Note, however, that students can also apply to carry out research jointly supervised by the School of Public Policy and another Department at UCL if the subject area would benefit from expertise across disciplines.

The roles of the principal and second supervisor are explained in the Graduate School Code of Practice for Research Degrees which also outlines the responsibilities of both staff and students.


Dr M. Rodwan Abouharb

Quantitative approaches to the study of Human Rights Violations, Economic & Social Rights Realisation, World Bank & IMF Program Lending, and Rebellion.

Dr Jack Blumenau

Legislative politics; electoral politics; British politics; political communication; quantitative methods, particularly survey experiments and quantitative text analysis.

Dr Marc Esteve

Public Management and Policy Implementation.

Dr Tim Hicks

Comparative political economy; advanced industrialised economies; the politics of inequality; education (especially schools) policy in England and comparatively; privatisation and marketisation in the public sector.

Dr Roland Kappe

Political Economy, Quantitative Methods, Public Opinion, Economic Voting, Comparative Politics of Welfare and Social Policy, Education Policy and Politics, German politics.

Dr Jonathan Monten

International relations, U.S. foreign policy, military intervention, civil conflict. 

Dr Michael Plouffe

International political economy, business-government relations, firm heterogeneity, global production networks/global value chains, international trade, monetary policy, productivity, and the political economy of East Asia.

Dr Alan Renwick

Electoral systems, electoral reform, referendums, deliberative democratic institutions, democratic reforms and innovations

Dr Sherrill Stroschein

Ethnic politics, ethnic parties, governance institutions for divided societies, autonomy structures (territorial and non-territorial), federalism and devolution, comparative study of political processes, civil society and mobilisation processes, mobilisation and identity-based domestic conflict, Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union.

Social and Distributive Justice, Egalitarian Theory, Democratic Theory, Educational Justice, Family Ethics, Methodology in Political Theory.


Professor Richard Bellamy

Legal and political philosophy; public ethics; democracy, citizenship and constitutionalism; political legitimacy and the EU, history of political thought 1750-present.

Comparative politics and political economy; political behaviour; empirical claims in political theory. The politics of fiscal policy (taxation, spending, government borrowing), inequality, and understandings of the economy.

International organizations; global governance; democracy assistance; conflict; election violence

Political violence, state formation, religion and politics, and inequality and ethnic mobilization 

Professor David Coen

European Interest Groups, Business and Government Relations, Regulatory Networks, European Agencies, European Public Policy Analysis.

Qualitative Methods and International Development

Dr Thomas Gift

American politics, political behaviour, public opinion, experimental methods, public policy, political economy, education.

Dr Jeffrey Howard

Legal, Political, and Moral Philosophy; Democratic Theory; Liberalism and Public Reason; Criminal Justice and Punishment; Counter-Terrorism; Freedom of Expression; Ethics and Public Policy.

Dr Emily McTernan

Equality (esp. relational/social egalitarianism, distributive justice), responsibility, political emotions, social norms & social practices, civic virtue & citizenship, freedom of association, political theory & architecture, and fertility treatments.

Dr Tom O'Grady

Comparative political economy, politics of welfare states, public opinion and ideological change, elite behaviour and representation, British politics, European politics

Dr Lauge Poulsen

International political economy, international economic law, foreign investment, international trade. 

Professor Meg Russell

British and comparative politics, in particular: parliaments and legislatures (organisation, policy impact, member behaviour, bicameralism, reform); political party organisation; constitutions and constitutional reform.

Dr Lisa Vanhala

Comparative politics, law and courts, human rights, environmental politics, social movements, socio-legal theory and methods and qualitative methods.


Professor Kristin M. Bakke

Political violence, intrastate conflicts, separatism, decentralisation and conflict, conflict resolution, post-war developments. 

Dr Kate Cronin-Furman

Human rights, prevention and punishment of mass atrocities, international law, refugees

Dr Alex Hartman

Property rights, experiments, household politics, migration

Ethnic voting, aid effectiveness, resource curse

Public Management in the Developing World; Bureaucratic Motivation; State Capacity; Citizen-State Relations; Political Economy of Development

Professor Jennifer Hudson

Campaign/party finance, campaigns and elections, public opinion and opinion-policy linkages, political communication, political trust.

Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia

Theories of human rights, international/global justice theory, international legal theory, legal interpretation, liberal toleration and neutrality, social and distributive justice, methodology in political theory, ethics of duty and personal responsibility.

Dr Tom Pegram

Global governance, international organisation, human rights, regulation and public policy, comparative institutional analysis, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), Latin America, theorising cooperation and compliance, case study and qualitative methods

Dr Colin Provost

Regulatory policy, Public Sector Management and Performance, Environmental Policy, Financial Regulation, Policy Implementation, Organisational Design and Change, Judicial Politics.

Dr Christian Schuster

Public management, particularly quantitative and (survey) experimental approaches to the study of civil service management and reform, transparency, ethics and (anti)corruption.

Professor Albert Weale FBA

Political theory and public policy, social contract theory, social Justice, democracy, political legitimacy and the EU, health and environmental policy.