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Professor Daniel Wincott

Professor Daniel Wincott

Blackwell Professor of Law and Society

School of Law and Politics

+44(0)29 2068 8737
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am the Blackwell Law and Society Chair at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, where I work in the School’s Wales Governance Centre.  I direct the Economic and Social Research Council’s Governance after Brexit Research Programme and serve as Research Director of the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe initiative, which is based at King’s College, London. In these roles I direct and co-ordinate over 30 individual ESRC research projects. 

I am a political scientist and policy analyst by background, and have developed wide-ranging research interests and an enthusiasm for working across disciplines (politics, law, socio-legal studies, social and public policy).  I am a Fellow of the Centre on Constituitonal Change at the University of Edinburgh where I have held an Honorary Professorial Fellowship in the School of Social and Political Sciences. I am a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Becoming Head of Cardiff Law School in 2013, I then led the merger of Law with the University's Department of Politics and International Relations during 2013/14.  As Head of the Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, I designed and implemented a transformative expansion of the School's work in the field of International Relations - under his leadership 18 new members of staff at all levels were appointed during 2015.

I am a member of the ESRC's Strategic Advisory Network, having previously served on its Research Committee.  I have been a member of the Management group of the Wales ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.  I am  a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Society. Previously, I have been Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies.


I moved to Cardiff from a Chair in European and Comparative Politics at the University of Birmingham and earlier held positions in Law and Politics at the Universities of Leicester and Warwick. I completed my PhD on ‘The policy configurations of ‘welfare states’ and women’s role in the workforce in advanced industrial societies’ at the London School of Economics and Political Science.














My research ranges over such issues as: devolution and territorial governance; Constitutional law and politics; comparative welfare state theory and analysis; European integration, especially in the areas of social policy and law. It often engages with theoretical and methodological issues as well as empirical analysis.  My most recent books are The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism (Palgrave 2012, co-author with Colin Hay), Citizenship after the Nation State (Palgrave 2013, co-editor with Ailsa Henderson and Charlie Jeffery) and Exploring the 'legal' in socio-legal studies (Palgrave 2015, co-editor with David Cowan).

Currently I am a co-investigator on the ESRC’s WISERD/Civil Society research programme (funded to the tune of some £7 million), working on the place of the Third Sector and Civil Society in welfare policy and provision.  I am also is also a co-investigator on the ESRC’s Between two Unions Large Grant, a multi-institutional project co-ordinated from the Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh.