Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Social Sciences

Professor Todd Landman, FRSA


Executive leadership for the Schools within the Faculty of Social Sciences:

  • Business School;
  • Economics;
  • Education;
  • Geography;
  • Law;
  • Politics & International Relations;
  • Sociology & Social Policy.


Professor Todd Landman is Professor of Political Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. He is Executive Director of the Rights Lab and a member of Council of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

He was Professor of Government (2009-2015) and Executive Dean of the Social Sciences at the University of Essex (2013-2015), and held a variety of academic and leadership roles at the University of Essex since 1993, before joining the University of Nottingham on 1st September 2015. 

He is a member of the University’s Executive Board and has accountability for overall performance and driving the delivery of the University’s Strategy in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Teaching and Research Summary

The main focus of Professor Landman’s research is the systematic comparative analysis of problems in the areas of development, democracy, and human rights including quantitative and qualitative political methodology. His current focus is on the quantitative analysis of modern slavery, modern slavery prevalence estimation, and impact assessment of anti-slavery social mobilisation advocacy. 

He is author of The Rights Track: Sound Evidence on Human Rights and Modern Slavery (Anthem Press 2022), Human Rights and Democracy: The Precarious Triumph of Ideals (Bloomsbury 2013), Protecting Human Rights (Georgetown University Press 2005), Studying Human Rights (Routledge 2006), and Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics (Routledge 2000, 2003, 2008); co-author of Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics (Routledge 2017), Measuring Human Rights (Routledge 2009), Assessing the Quality of Democracy (International IDEA 2008); Governing Latin America (Polity Press 2003), and Citizenship Rights and Social Movements (Oxford University Press 1997, 2000); editor of Human Rights Volumes I-IV (Sage 2009), and co-editor of the Sage Handbook of Comparative Politics (Sage 2009) and Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis (Cambridge University Press 2012).

He has numerous articles published in International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Human Trafficking, The Journal of Risk Research, Nature Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, The British Journal of Political Science, Politics and Governance, Human Rights Quarterly, Democratization, Political Studies, The Journal of Human Rights, The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Electoral Studies, Human Rights and Human Welfare, Public Law, and The California Western International Law Journal.

He has carried out a large number of international consultancies in the areas of development, democracy and human rights, including for the United Nations, the European Commission, the US State Department, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the European Parliament, and International Justice Mission. He is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star (AIMC), Member of the Society of American Magicians, and Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA).











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