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Dr Ed Poole

Dr Ed Poole

Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

+44 (0)29 2087 5574
10.2.01, 8-10 North Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DY
Welsh speaking
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


About Me:

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University where I teach Political Economy and Territorial Politics. My research interests lie in the politics of the historic nations and nationalities of Europe, fiscal decentralisation, and government responsiveness in multilevel political systems. I completed my PhD in Political Science at the London School of Economics.

I obtained a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently worked in a number of positions in budget and finance in the United States. As a budget consultant at Public Financial Management, the United States’ largest government financial advisory firm, I worked with US state and local governments on initiatives to enhance revenues and contain government expenditures. I also worked in the administration of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell as special adviser to two cabinet secretaries for the Budget.


Education and Qualifications

2017: PhD in Political Science, London School of Economics. Thesis Title: "Essays on the Political Economy of Decentralization"

2016: PgCUTL: Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (Fellow of the Higher Education Academy), Cardiff University

2013: Welsh: Passed WJEC Examination for Ysgrifennu Graenus (Writing at Proficiency level). Part of Tystysgrif mewn Hyfedredd Iaith: Defnyddio’r Gymraeg ("Certificate in Language Proficiency: Using Welsh"). University of South Wales

2013: PGCertHE: Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (Associate Level), London School of Economics

2011: MRes in Political Science (Quantitative Stream), London School of Economics

2004: MGA (Master of Government Administration), University of Pennsylvania, Fels Institute of Government

1999: BSc in Government, London School of Economics, First Class Honours

Career Overview

2014-present: Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff School of Law and Politics

2012-13: Graduate Teaching Assistant, London School of Economics

2006-10: Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Budget, Governor’s Budget Office, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

2004-06: Budget Consultant, Public Financial Management, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Honours and awards

‘Welsh Education Champion’, Cardiff University's Enriching Student Life Awards (2016)

Professional memberships

Member of the European Political Science Association

Academic positions

2012-2013: Graduate Teaching Assistant, London School of Economics

Speaking engagements

'Brexit and the economy of Wales' (December 2017), Yr Hen Lyfrgell, Cardiff

'Brexit and the Economy, Where are we now?' (July 2017), National Assembly for Wales.

'The (Dis)united Kingdom?', lecture at New Flemish Alliance Studiedag, Flemish Parliament, Brussels (June 2017)

‘The Welsh Government’s New Finance Powers’. Presentation to the National Energy Action Conference on Fuel Poverty, Cardiff (2014)

Committees and reviewing

Journal reviewer: Regional and Federal Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Public Administration.







Teaching 2020-21:

Introduction to Political Science - 1st year students

Modern Welsh Politics (Module Convenor) - 2nd year students

Political Economy (Module Convenor) - 3rd year students


Henderson, A., Poole, E.G., Wyn Jones, R., Wincott, D., Larner, J. & Jeffery, C. (2020) Analysing vote-choice in a multinational state: National identity and territorial differentiation in the 2016 Brexit vote, Regional Studies

Poole, E.G. and Ifan, G. (2019). Internal coordination of social security in the United Kingdom. European Journal of Social Security. Vol 21, Issue 2, p. 153-162

Poole, E.G. (2019). How institutional culture trumps tier effects: evidence from government responsiveness to FOI requests. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Vol 29, Issue 2

Ifan, G. and Poole, E.G. (2019). Devolution and decentralisation in social security: the situation in the United Kingdom, in Schoukens, P. & Vonk, G. (eds) (2019) Devolution and Decentralisation in Social Security: A European Comparative Perspective. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing

Poole, E.G. (2018). An electoral calculus? Dual incentives and committee assignment in the UK’s mixed-member legislatures. Regional and Federal Studies.

Poole, E.G. (2017) Wales and Brexit, in Hassan, G & Gunson, R (eds) (2017) Scotland, the UK and Brexit: A Guide to the Future. IPPR Scotland, Luath Press.

Poole, E.G., Ifan, G. & Phillips, D. (2017). Fair Funding for Taxing Times? Assessing the Fiscal Framework Agreement [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at:

Poole, E.G., Ifan, G. & Phillips, D. (2016). Barnett Squeezed? Options for a Funding Floor after Tax Devolution. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at:

Poole, E.G., Ifan, G. & Phillips, D. (2016). For Wales Don’t (Always) See Scotland: Adjusting the Welsh Block Grant after Tax Devolution. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Available at:

Ifan, G. & Poole, E.G. (2016). Devolving Stamp Duty and Landfill Tax to Wales. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. Available at:

Ifan, G. & Poole, E.G. (2016). Estimating Wales’ Net Contribution to the European Union. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. Available at:

Poole, E.G, Ifan, G. and Wyn Jones, R. (2016). Government Expenditure and Revenue Wales 2016. [Technical Report]. Cardiff: Wales Governance Centre. Available at:


Past projects