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Simon Toubeau

Assistant Professor in Politics and International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences



Dr Simon Toubeau is Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, where he conducts research and teaching in comparative politics, specialising in the field of territorial politics and federalism.

He obtained a PhD. in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI), an M.Phil in European Politics and Society from the University of Oxford and an M.A (Hons) in Economics and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. Simon was previously Research Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (CEPC), the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the University of Edinburgh and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Simon is a member of the Nottingham Inter-Disciplinary Centre for Economic and Political Research (NICEP) and a Scientific Collaborator at the Centre d'Etude de la Vie Politique (CEVIPOL) at ULB. He was co-convener (2013-17) of the Standing Group on Regionalism and Federalism at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR).

Expertise Summary

  • Comparative European Politics
  • Ethnicity and Nationalism, including Nationalist Political Parties
  • Independence movements and Secessionism
  • Political Parties and Party Competition
  • Devolution, Decentralisation and Constitutional Reform
  • Political Institutions and Institutional Theory
  • Public Policy

Teaching Summary

Simon teaches a variety of modules in the field of comparative politics and research methods at the under-graduate and post-graduate level, including:

  • Crises and Controversies in European Politics (L2)
  • Identity, Territory and Political Conflict (L3)
  • Comparative Democratic Development (L4)
  • Foundations in Qualitative Research Methods (L4)

Research Summary

Simon conducts research in the field of comparative territorial politics and federalism. His research is organised along four main axes:

  • Party Competition and Decentralisation
  • The Evolution of Decentralised and Federal Systems
  • Political Behaviour in Multi-Level Systems
  • Regional Public Policy

Recent Publications

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