I am Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh. I was educated at Oxford (BA Hons) and the London School of Economics (PhD). From 2001-6 I worked in Germany, first as a Marie Curie postdoc (Hamburg University) and then leading a Marie Curie Excellence Grant (Hamburg Institute for International Economics – HWWA). While at HWWA I set up a research programme on immigration policy. I moved back to the UK in 2006 to take up a post at Edinburgh.
My current research explores the use of knowledge in policymaking and politics. How do policy-makers construct knowledge about policy problems and about the impact of their policy interventions? How do they draw on expert knowledge and research to underpin and legitimise policy responses?
I have a long-standing interest in policy and political debate on immigration and asylum, on which I’ve published widely over the past 12 years. I’ve done a variety of consultancy work on these issues, including for the UNHCR, the UN Global Commission on International Migration, the European Commission, European Parliament, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees.
This blog provides news and insights from my research.