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James Rockey

James Rockey, University of Leicester

Associate Professor in Economics
Dr James Rockey holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bristol. He joined the Department of Economics at Leicester in September 2008 where he is now an Associate Professor. James’ interests in political economics include the political economy of fiscal policy (voter ideology and the size of government, constitutional political economy) and electoral behaviour (political competition with loss-aversion, turnout). Much of his other work has focussed on the causes of economic development (growth econometrics, the effectiveness of industrial policy) and inequality (inequality and demography, gender equality, the long-term consequences of unemployment). His research has been published in journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the European Economic Review, and Public Choice.
Rahime Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm

Rahime Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm, Istanbul Gedik University

Dr. Rahime Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham. She received her BA in International Relations from Eastern Mediterranean University in North Cyprus and her LLM degree in International Law from the University of Nottingham. Rahime’s research focuses on Europeanisation, EU foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, gendering EU studies, gender and diplomacy. Her publications appeared in journals such as Political Studies Review, Language and Politics and Geopolitics. She is currently working on a project which explores gender norms and practices in diplomacy funded by KOÇ-KAM Gender Studies Center and a Jean Monnet Module on the Europeanisation of gender policies funded by European Commission.
Sergi Pardos-Prado

Sergi Pardos-Prado, Oxford University

Oxford University
Professor Sergi Pardos-Prado is an Associate Professor and Official Fellow in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford – conducting research and teaching in the areas of political behaviour, European comparative politics, political economy, and quantitative methods. Before that, Sergi obtained his PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence.
Katrina Kelly

Katrina Kelly, University of Pittsburgh

Katrina Kelly holds dual roles at the University of Pittsburgh as a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as acting as Manager of Strategy and Business Development for the Center for Energy. Katrina is an Affiliate Scholar of the University of Nottingham’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Economics and Politics, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Cyber Law, Policy, and Security Institute. In addition to her current postdoctoral research in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Katrina holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham in Energy Development Studies, a Masters in International Relations from Hult International Business School, and a BA/BSc from Duquesne University. Building off of her previous research on “Resilience” at the World Energy Council, Katrina joins the University in leading in the development of reliable, efficient, and environmentally friendly energy solutions. Her work focuses on building stronger physical, institutional, and financial interconnections between energy infrastructure and emerging risks like climate change and cyber; as such, her work focuses heavily on the intersection of information systems and risk mitigation in urban environments.
Davide Vampa
Former Assistant Professor, School of Politics and International Relations
Davide Vampa is a former Assistant Professor in Quantitative Research Methods at the University of Nottingham. Formerly a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, he holds a PhD in Politics from the European University Institute. His research interests focus on the link between multi-level party politics and public policy. In particular he is interested in the politics of welfare in decentralised systems. He has also worked on the transformation of local and regional representation in Western Europe. His research approach is intended to demonstrate that quantitative and qualitative methods, rather than being mutually exclusive, can be fruitfully combined to yield ‘a synergistic value’
Ksenia Northmore-Ball
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr Northmore-Ball received her DPhil in Politics in 2014 from the University of Oxford, Department of Politics and IR, after having received an MPhil in Comparative Government also from the University of Oxford. She received her BA in Political Science and Russian from Boston College. Her research interests span comparative politics and political behaviour particularly in the context of Eastern European new democracies as well as Russia. Her research applies advanced statistical methods. Dr Northmore-Ball is currently a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Her British Academy-funded research project focuses on voter turnout and political socialization in the context of regime change in post-communist Eastern Europe and other new democracies. She also does research on religion and politics in Eastern Europe as well as the perceptions of the left and right in new democracies.
Kyriaki Nanou
Former Assistant Professor in European Politics, School of Politics and International Relations
Dr Kyriaki Nanou holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Essex. She joined the University of Nottingham in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. She previously held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence and a Fellowship in European Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research interests include comparative politics, including elections and parties within Europe, European integration, Euroscepticism, Europeanisation and democratic deficit, quantitative and qualitative research methods, rational choice theory and political economy. Her work has been published in European Journal of Political Research and West European Politics among others.
Former Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations
Dr Maiorano’s research focuses on India’s politics and political economy and on political and economic change in developing countries, with special reference to the themes of poverty and inequality. His Ph.D. thesis (now published by Hurst&Co./Oxford University Press/HarperCollins) is the first systematic account of Indira Gandhi’s final term in Office. He is the ‘Lead Comparator’ in an ESRC council-funded project called “Expanding not Shrinking Social Programmes – The policies of the policies to tackle poverty and inequality in Brazil, India, China and South Africa”. His current research (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) focuses on India’s largest anti-poverty programme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The objective of the project is to look at the non-monetary change that the programme has brought about, with particular reference to changes in caste and gender relations.
Nieves Zúñiga
Former Research Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations
Dr Nieves Zúñiga received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Essex and she was formerly a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on two governance issues: the design and implementation of anti-corruption policies, with special interest on integrity management; and the political recognition, representation and participation of discriminated groups, such as indigenous peoples. She is currently working on the project ANTICORRP, funded by the European Union under the FP7 Programme, analysing the anti-corruption policy in Bolivia to identify factors promoting or hindering an effective anti-corruption policy.