Having taught at the University of Wolverhampton (1992-2001) and Nottingham Trent University (2001-7), I joined Aston in 2007, first as Head of French and, from September 2012, Head of Languages and Translation Studies. I am Visiting Professor at the Political Science Institute (SciencesPo) in Rennes, and an associate member of the CRAPE (Centre de recherches sur l’action politique en Europe) research laboratory, where I spent two years as an EU Marie Curie research fellow from 2010-12.
I am also very interested in the social and political dynamics surrounding sports mega-events, such as the Olympics and FIFA and UEFA football tournaments, and particularly their effects on civil societies.
I welcome research proposals, and am available to speak to the media, on these or related topics.
BA in Modern European Studies, Loughborough University of Technology, 1989.
PhD, Political Opportunity Structures and Environmental Protest in the French Fifth Republic, Department of Government, University of Manchester, 2000; awarded the Walter Bagehot prize for best dissertation in Government and Public Administration by the Political Studies Association, 2001.
French politics, French cultural studies, French language.