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Oliver Daddow

Assistant Professor in British Politics and Security, Faculty of Social Sciences



Twitter: @oliver_daddow

I joined the School of Politics and International Relations in September 2016. I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford, took an MA with Distinction in International Relations at the University of Nottingham, and was funded by the University of Nottingham to research my PhD into British European policy, subsequently published as Britain and Europe since 1945.

I have been an Affiliated Researcher at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge (2018-19), a Visiting Fellow at the University of Berkeley, California (2010) and the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism at the University of Nottingham (2014).

I have published research monographs, many peer reviewed journal articles, edited books and guest edited several journal special issues across my research interests. I am the author of the textbook International Relations Theory, which in 2017 went into its third edition, and co-editor of the textbook Politics UK (2018).

Outside of academia I work with the charity Colour Blind Awareness to raise awareness and campaign for the daily challenges and discriminations faced by the 1/12 males and 1/200 females (hundreds of millions of people) globally who have some form of colour vision deficiency.

My research specialises in:

  • British foreign policy and its world role
  • British European policy and Brexit
  • British politics
  • Discourse analysis and interpretivist International Relations
  • Public policy failures and policy lesson learning

Praise for New Labour and the European Union:

"I was as close to Tony Blair's European policy as it was possible to get. My hand was dipped in the blood. But it is only with Oliver Daddow's comprehensive and authoritative analysis that it is possible to see the shape of the failures, and successes, with perspective and clarity"

- Sir Stephen Wall, European adviser to Tony Blair

"Anyone who wants to know more about the link between self-persuasion and the persuasion of others in modern democracies ought to read this book. It is a fascinating and sobering case study"

- Brendan Donnelly, Director of the Federal Trust

Expertise Summary

  • Brexit
  • British European policy since 1945
  • Pro-Europeanism and Euroscepticism
  • British party politics
  • Public policy evaluation
  • Discourse and the study of political language

I have appeared on local, national and international radio and television, including BBC Radio 5Live Breakfast, BBC1 Heir Hunters, BBC World Service, BBC Radio Nottingham, TalkSport, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, France 24 television, Capital, LBC Radio and Voice of Islam. I was studio pundit for BBC Radio Nottingham for General Election 2017 .

I have been interviewed by, and had my work quoted in, international and national newspapers and press agencies, including Associated Press, Reuters, Bharat Press (India), Dagens Naeringsliv (Norway), Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat (Finland), Financial Times, Kuwait Times, Le Jeudi (France), Oman Observer, Pravda (Slovakia), Sud Ouest (France), Turun Sanomat (Finland) and YahooNews.

I write opinion and reaction pieces for high impact online blogs and have given evidence to the UK and other governments on the subjects of British foreign policy, British European policy and the Brexit referendum.

Teaching Summary

I teach the following modules in the School of Politics and International Relations:

  • British Political History Since 1945 (Year 1)
  • British Party Politics (Year 2)
  • Brexit (Year 3)
  • Public Policy Fiascos (MA)

I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations as well as doctoral research students.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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