Telephone: +44(0)29 2068 8056
Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4946
Location: Pierhead Building, Wales Governance Centre
My PhD research focuses on the external relations of sub-state governments, or ‘paradiplomacy’. It looks firstly uncover the ways in which these sub-state governments develop international agency, and secondly to investigate the link between party-political control and the nature of external representations. The study draws on empirical evidence from Wales, Bavaria and Scotland and utilizes the frameworks of both international relations and comparative politics.
Research Interests: International relations theory, diplomacy, regionalism and federalism, inter-governmental relations, constitutional politics and the EU.
I am a member of the Wales Governance Centre, the European Governance, Identities and Public Policy (EGIPP) Research Unit, and the Gendered Research Opportunities Unit (GRO), all at Cardiff University.
I teach Political Science at undergraduate level, and contribute to both undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Welsh politics. I am currently part of a team of three PGR representatives for the school of European Languages, Translation and Politics. If anyone has particular ideas for seminar series, visiting speakers, or other feedback then please contact me on the email address above.
Dickson, F. (2011) ‘Assembly Denies International Role’. The Welsh Agenda, vol. 45, pp. 41
Dickson, F (2013) ‘The European Influence in Wales’. In: The UK’s Changing Union Project’s Evidence to the Commission on Devolution to Wales. ‘Research Papers: a Stable, Sustainable Settlement for Wales’. Cardiff: the UK Changing Union Partnership
Dickson, F. (25th January 2013) ‘Wales at odds with London over EU referendum’, Click on Wales, IWA.
Dickson, F (2013) ‘Constitutional Change in Europe and the UK: what might it mean for Wales?’ Idea Wales vol. 2, pp. 17-22
1st July 2013: Stateless nations, paradiplomacy and international relations theory: an unexplored nexus? Presented at ‘the Study of Post-colonialism in the Social Sciences and Humanities’ conference, Swansea University.
12th June 2013: Sub-state governments as international actors: the cases of Wales, Scotland and Bavaria. Workshop, Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany.
27th March 2013: Paradiplomacy and Multi-Level Governance: complementary approaches or alternative explanations? Presented at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Cardiff.
7th November 2012: From pragmatism to posturing: the multiple logics behind ‘Wales in the world’. Presented at ‘Law, Policy and Politics in Wales’ conference, Pierhead Building, Cardiff.
Co-organised the ‘Transitions’ conference (16th November 2012) and the ‘Law, Policy and Politics in Wales’ conference (7th November 2012), both at Cardiff University.