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Professor Roger Awan-Scully

Professor Roger Awan-Scully

Professor of Political Science

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 4352
1.04, 21 Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DQ
Welsh speaking
Media commentator


My research and teaching has focussed on political representation in the European Union and, increasingly, on devolution in the UK. I am currently Principal Investigator for the ESRC-funded 2016 Welsh Election Study


I was educated at Lancaster University and the University of Durham, before gaining a PhD at the Ohio State University. I was Lecturer in European Politics at Brunel University from 1997-1999, before joining Aberystwyth University in January 2000. At Aberystwyth, I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004, Reader in 2006, and became Professor of Political Science in 2007. I was also appointed as Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics at Aberystwyth in 2009. I moved to Cardiff University in March 2012, as Professor of Political Science. I am currently (for academic year 2016/17) also Acting Director of the Wales Governance Centre.

I was accepted as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2010, and elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in 2011. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

I was Principal Investigator for the 2011 Welsh Referendum Study (ESRC Grant RES-000-22-4496) and the 2011 Welsh Election Study (ESRC Grant RES-062-23-2625). I am currently Principal Investigator for the 2016 Welsh Election Study (ESRC Grant ES/M011127/1).

My research and teaching has focussed on political representation in the European Union and, increasingly, on devolution in the UK. I am the author of Becoming Europeans? Attitudes, Behaviour and Socialization in the European Parliament (Oxford University Press, 2005), and co-author of Representing Europe’s Citizens? Electoral Institutions and the Failure of Parliamentary Representation in the European Union (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum (University of Wales Press, 2012). I have also published in a number of major journals, including the British Journal of Political Science, the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of Common Market Studies, Electoral Studies, Publius, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Regional and Federal Studies, and Political Psychology.

I am a former Co-Editor of the UACES-Routledge Contemporary European Studies Book Series, and am currently Associate Editor of Parliamentary Affairs and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Legislative Studies, and of the European Journal of Government and Economics.

I also run the Elections in Wales Blog. Along with colleagues at ITV Cymru-Wales and YouGov I am also responsible for the Welsh Political Barometer - the only regular public opinion polling conducted in Wales.

Academic positions

  • Professor of Political Science, Cardiff University (March 2012 – present)
  • Professor of Political Science, Aberystwyth University (March 2007 – February 2012); Director, Institute of Welsh Politics, Aberystwyth University (February 2009 – February 2012)
  • Reader, Aberystwyth University (January 2006 – February 2007)
  • Senior Lecturer, Aberystwyth University (September 2004 – December 2005)
  • Lecturer, Aberystwyth University (January 2000 – August 2004)
  • Lecturer, Brunel University (September 1997 – December 1999)























Main Research Supervision and Teaching Interests

  • Politics of Devolution in the UK
  • Elections and Voting
  • Public Opinion
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Research Design and Methods

Modules Currently Taught

  • PLT053, Contemporary Welsh Politics - core module for the MSc in Welsh Government and Politics. Normally taught in autumn semester
  • PL9387, Elections in the UK - final year undergraduate module. Normally taught in spring semester
  • Scotland and Wales Vote 2016: Understanding the Devolved Elections (MOOC co-taught with colleagues at Cardiff and Edinburgh Universities)