Leading devolution expert joins University

18 July 2016

Laura McAllister

One of the country’s foremost experts on devolution is taking up a new role at the University’s Wales Governance Centre.

Professor Laura McAllister CBE, currently Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool, will join the Centre in October 2016.

A prominent academic, Professor McAllister has published extensively on Welsh politics.

She was a member of the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales and a member of the National Assembly Remuneration Board, examining AMs' pay and allowances and other structural support for Assembly members and their staff.

Speaking about her appointment, Professor McAllister said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, the hub of expertise and research on devolution and politics in Wales and beyond. The devolution journey in Wales is far from over with the arrival of new powers and taxation and financial responsibilities, as well as the new Wales Bill.

“The recent elections and the Brexit vote will have a huge impact on the politics of Wales.  I am looking forward to joining the team at the Centre and adding my new research on coalition and minority governments, the internal architecture of the Assembly, political capacity, and gender and politics to its already strong research profile.”

Professor Daniel Wincott, Head of Cardiff Law School said: “Bringing with her a wealth of experience and knowledge, Laura McAllister is held in high regard as a political analyst and commentator in Wales. We are delighted that she will be further enhancing an established and respected team and cementing the Wales Governance Centre’s place at the heart of Welsh political discourse and debate.”

The Wales Governance Centre undertakes innovative research into all aspects of the law, politics, government and political economy of Wales, as well as the wider UK and European contexts of territorial governance.