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Professor Laura McAllister

Professor Laura McAllister

Professor of Public Policy

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 5426
10/0.03, 8-10 North Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3DY
Welsh speaking
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at the Wales Governance Centre. My research centres on Welsh politics, devolution, electoral reform, and gender. I work very closely with the National Assembly for Wales on constitutional and political matter, most recently as Chair of the Expert Panel on Assembly Reform

I work extensively in external roles and am very committed to the impact of research and its benefits for citizens.

I am a Trustee of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, a NED of Goodson Thomas and Chair of the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.

I am also involved in sports governance, formerly as Chair of Sport Wales, and Board Member of UK Sport. I am currently Board Director at the Football Association of Wales Trust and Deputy Chair of UEFA's Women's Football Committee.

I am a regular media commentator and political analyst on Welsh and network media.


Professor Laura McAllister CBE, FRSA, FLSW

Professor of Public Policy and the Governance of Wales at Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre. Expert on devolution, Welsh politics and elections, public policy and leadership, gender, representation and the feminisation of politics.

Former Chair of Sport Wales and board member of UK Sport. Current Director of Football Association of Wales Trust.

Deputy Chair of UEFA Women’s Football Committee and member of UEFA women’s strategy working group.

Former Wales international player and captain with 24 caps. Chair of the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.

Chair of the National Assembly Expert Panel on Electoral Reform, 2017. Former member of Assembly Remuneration Board, Independent Panel on AMs Pay and Support, the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for the National Assembly for Wales.

Western Mail/Wales Online columnist and media commentator on politics, elections and sport. Board trustee of Institute of Welsh Affairs. Non exec director of Goodson Thomas Executive Search.

Honorary degrees and fellowships from Bangor, Cardiff, Cardiff Met, Swansea, Swansea Trinity St David’s, South Wales universities.

Fellow of Learned Society of Wales and the Royal Society of the Arts. Awarded CBE in Queen's Birthday Honours 2016.


I currently lead the Politics in Practice and Law in Practice placement modules. I also teach on the MSc in Welsh Politics.

I primarily research Welsh politics and elections. I am specifically interested in the process of constitutional change, electoral reform and the internal architecture of devolution.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

Welsh politics and elections, devolution, UK constitutional change, electoral reform, gender and politics, devolved public policy, sports governance.