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Dr Jonathan Kirkup

Dr Jonathan Kirkup

Lecturer in Politics

School of Law and Politics

Email
kirkupjb@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44(0)29 2087 5036
Campuses
2.38, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I joined the staff at Cardiff University in 2013 having previously worked in the private sector and as an Associate Fellow at Heidelberg University researching policy-making at a national and sub-national level in the UK and Germany.

My teaching and research interests include British politics, specifically aspects of political leadership, and the politics of Northern Ireland. I also teach and research in the fields of public policy and comparative politics

Current projects include a Political Studies Association funded study of the roles of Northern Ireland based MPs in Westminster and TDs in Dáil Éireann, working with Dr. Thomas Leahy (Cardiff University) and Dr. Kevin Fahey (Swansea University)

I have published on a wide range of topics, most recently the article ‘everyone needs a Willie' with Dr. Stephen Thornton (Cardiff University) on the role of the deputy prime minister in British politics and a forthcoming publication on the role of the First Secretary of State.

I am the convenor of the Political Studies Association Liberals and Liberalism Specialist Group. As part of this role I have received grant funding to organise workshops and conferences on Liberal thinking, party politics and policy.

Administrative roles:

  • Head of Year 1
  • Teaching and learning committee

Biography

  • PhD in Politics (2013) Cardiff University
  • M.A. in Irish Political History (1999) Queen's University, Belfast
  • B.A. (Hons) in Politics and Modern History (1997) Aberystwyth University

Publications

2020

2017

2015

2012

Teaching

Undergraduate teaching

  • Introduction to Government
  • British Politics since 1945  Module convenor
  • Governance in Modern Britain Module convenor
  • Sex, Drugs and Public policy
  • Academic Study Skills - Programme convenor

Postgraduate teaching

  • European Political Economy Module convenor
  • Comparative Politics: themes and methods Module convenor 
  • Politics in and about Northern Ireland since 1998

Postgraduate and undergraduate dissertation supervision

I am currently second supervior on an EHRC funded PhD

I welcome PhD applications on all aspects of Northern Irish politics and British politics, coalition forming and third party politics

My research and teaching interests focus on British and Irish politics and public policy.

I am particularly interested in intra-party dynamics in government and opposition and how these impact policy formation, development and implementation. I have published on coalition forming and government formation, notably examining confidence and supply agreements. Currently my research focus is on the core executive and the role and responsibilities of the deputy prime minister (see publications).

I also research and teach on Northern Irish politics and am currently part of a PSA funded project looking at the roles of Northern Ireland MPs in Westminster and TDs in Dáil Éireann.

Conference Participation

I was co-convenor of the Political Studies Association International Conference held at Cardiff in 2016.

I regularly participate in the following conferences:

  • Political Studies Association Annual Conference
  • Irish Political Studies Annual Conference
  • Elections, Parties and Opinion Polling (EPOP_
  • Policy and Politics Annual Conference

Reviewer Activities

I have reviewed papers for a variety of academic journals including Political Studies and the International Journal Political Studies and Oxford University Press.

Supervision

I am currently second supervior on an EHRC funded PhD

I welcome PhD applications on British politics, coalition forming and third party politics