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External Research Fellows

Vincent Anesi

Vincent Anesi

Professor of Economics, Luxembourg

Vincent joined the University of Luxembourg, as a Professor of Applied Economics, in September 2020. Previously, he was a Professor of Economics at University of Nottingham, where he also acted as a Deputy Director of Research, and Head of Recruitment. He is affiliated with the Center for Economic Studies (CESifo), Munich. He received his PhD from the Toulouse School of Economics in 2006. His research focuses on the impact of institutions on economic policy and performance, with a focus on how they work, how they could be designed better, and how they influence economic outcomes.

His work has been published in academic journals such as the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, the Journal of Public Economics, Theoretical Economics and the Review of Economics Studies.



Bjoern Brey

Björn Brey

Postdoctoral Scholar, ECARES Université Libre de Bruxelles

Björn joined ECARES at Université Libre de Bruxelles, as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the field of international trade and political economy. Previously, he completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on the impact of institutions on economic policy and performance, with a focus on how they work, how they could be designed better, and how they influence economic outcomes. 

He is an applied economist who mainly works on questions related to international economics, political economy, economic development and economic history. In particular, he focuses on using detailed historical and contemporaneous data allied with modern micro-econometric techniques to explore the causal effect that technological change and globalisation had on long-run economic development as well as important political changes.


Matthias Dahm

Matthias Dahm

Professor of Economics, University of Leicester

Matthias Dahm is Professor of Economics at the University of Leicester. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Prior to joining the University of Leicester, he taught at the School of Economics of the University of Nottingham and the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Spain. He has also been a long-term visiting scholar at Northwestern University, the University of California (Irvine), and most recently the Freie Universität Berlin.

Matthias’ research interests focus on political and public economics as well as industrial and health economics. His publications have appeared in the Economic Journal, the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of the European Economic Association, among others.


Olle Folke

Olle Folke

Associate Professor, Department of Government at Uppsala University, Sweden

Olle Folke is an Associate Professor in Politics at the Department of Government at Uppsala University, Sweden. He has previously worked at SIPA, Columbia University and held visiting positions at Berkeley, MIT, Yale and Harvard. His current research is in political economics, gender economics and politics and gender. He has previously worked on the effect on electoral systems and US state politics.


Katrina Kelleu-Pitou

Katrina Kelly-Pitou

Energy and Development Specialist, Smithgroup

Katrina Kelly-Pitou holds dual roles at the University of Pittsburgh as a Research Associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as acting as Manager of Strategy and Business Development for the Center for Energy. Katrina is an Affiliate Scholar of the University of Nottingham’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Economics and Politics, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Cyber Law, Policy, and Security Institute.

In addition to her current postdoctoral research in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Katrina holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham in Energy Development Studies, a Masters in International Relations from Hult International Business School, and a BA/BSc from Duquesne University.

Building off of her previous research on “Resilience” at the World Energy Council, Katrina joins the University in leading in the development of reliable, efficient, and environmentally friendly energy solutions. Her work focuses on building stronger physical, institutional, and financial interconnections between energy infrastructure and emerging risks like climate change and cyber; as such, her work focuses heavily on the intersection of information systems and risk mitigation in urban environments.


Don Lee

Don Lee 

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Governance, Sungkyunkwan University

Dr Don Lee received a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2015 and was at University of Nottingham 2017-2021. 

His research interests include the political economy of institutions, comparative public management, and experimental research. His research has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Governance, Oxford Handbook, Regulation and Governance, and among others.


Diego Maiorano

Diego Maiorano

Former Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Maiorano’s research focuses on India’s politics and political economy and on political and economic change in developing countries, with special reference to the themes of poverty and inequality. His PhD thesis (now published by Hurst&Co./Oxford University Press/HarperCollins) is the first systematic account of Indira Gandhi’s final term in Office.

He is the ‘Lead Comparator’ in an ESRC council-funded project called “Expanding not Shrinking Social Programmes – The policies of the policies to tackle poverty and inequality in Brazil, India, China and South Africa”. His current research (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) focuses on India’s largest anti-poverty programme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. The objective of the project is to look at the non-monetary change that the programme has brought about, with particular reference to changes in caste and gender relations.


Kyriaki Nanou

Kyriaki Nanou

Associate Professor in European Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University

Dr Kyriaki Nanou holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Essex. She joined the University of Nottingham in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. She previously held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence and a Fellowship in European Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Her research interests include comparative politics, including elections and parties within Europe, European integration, Euroscepticism, Europeanisation and democratic deficit, quantitative and qualitative research methods, rational choice theory and political economy. Her work has been published in European Journal of Political Research and West European Politics among others.


Anja Neundorf

Anja Neundorf

Professor of Politics & Research Methods, University of Glasgow

Dr Anja Neundorf holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Essex and is currently a Professor at the University of Glasgow. She previously held a Post-doctoral Prize Research Fellowship in political science at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Anja’s research interests lie at the intersection of political behaviour, research methods, and comparative politics. Generally, her research applies advanced statistical methods to substantially important research questions with the aim of testing and refining theories of political socialization, political attitudes, and electoral choice. Her work has been published in journals such as Electoral Studies, Public Opinion Quarterly and the Journal of Politics.



Ksenia Northmore-Ball

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary University of London

Dr Northmore-Ball received her DPhil in Politics in 2014 from the University of Oxford, Department of Politics and IR, after having received an MPhil in Comparative Government also from the University of Oxford. She received her BA in Political Science and Russian from Boston College.

Her research interests span comparative politics and political behaviour particularly in the context of Eastern European new democracies as well as Russia. Her research applies advanced statistical methods.

Dr Northmore-Ball is currently a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. Her British Academy-funded research project focuses on voter turnout and political socialization in the context of regime change in post-communist Eastern Europe and other new democracies. She also does research on religion and politics in Eastern Europe as well as the perceptions of the left and right in new democracies.


Sergi Pardos Prado

Sergi Pardos-Prado

Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Glasgow

Professor Sergi Pardos-Prado is an Associate Professor and Official Fellow in Politics at Merton College, University of Oxford – conducting research and teaching in the areas of political behaviour, European comparative politics, political economy, and quantitative methods. Before that, Sergi obtained his PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence.


James Rockey

James Rockey

Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Birmingham

Dr James Rockey holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Bristol. 

James’ interests in political economics include the political economy of fiscal policy (voter ideology and the size of government, constitutional political economy) and electoral behaviour (political competition with loss-aversion, turnout). Much of his other work has focussed on the causes of economic development (growth econometrics, the effectiveness of industrial policy) and inequality (inequality and demography, gender equality, the long-term consequences of unemployment).

His research has been published in journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, the European Economic Review, and Public Choice.


Rahime Suleymanoglu Kurum

Rahime Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm

Assistant Professor, Bahçeşehir University

Dr Rahime Süleymanoğlu-Kürüm holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham. She received her BA in International Relations from Eastern Mediterranean University in North Cyprus and her LLM degree in International Law from the University of Nottingham.

Rahime’s research focuses on Europeanisation, EU foreign policy, Turkish foreign policy, gendering EU studies, gender and diplomacy. Her publications appeared in journals such as Political Studies Review, Language and Politics and Geopolitics. She is currently working on a project which explores gender norms and practices in diplomacy funded by KOÇ-KAM Gender Studies Center and a Jean Monnet Module on the Europeanisation of gender policies funded by European Commission.


Dishil Shrimankar

Dishil Shrimankar

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Royal Holloway University of London

Dishil joined the School of Politics and International Relations as an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics (Teaching Focus) in September 2018 – previously completing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Nottingham, focusing on explaining the growth of regional parties in India.

He is particularly interested in comparing the party systems of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Dishil’s main research interests lie in the field of comparative politics, quantitative methods, and Indian politics.

Prior to starting his PhD at the School of Politics and International Relations, Dishil completed his MSc in Comparative Politics (Democracy stream) from the LSE. He has also undertaken quantitative methods training at the Inter-University Consortium for Social and Political Research (ICPSR) organized at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.



Fabio Tufano

Professor of Applied Microeconomics, University of Leicester Business School

Fabio is former Associate Professor in Economics at University of Nottingham. His main research interests are in the areas of behavioural and experimental economics, and is particularly interested in topics such as economics of science and reproducibility; social identity and economic behaviour; robustness of preferences. He has published a range of papers including articles in the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, Experimental Economics, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation and Management Science.


Davide Vampa

Davide Vampa

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University

Davide Vampa is a former Assistant Professor in Quantitative Research Methods at the University of Nottingham. Formerly a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, he holds a PhD in Politics from the European University Institute.

His research interests focus on the link between multi-level party politics and public policy. In particular he is interested in the politics of welfare in decentralised systems. He has also worked on the transformation of local and regional representation in Western Europe. His research approach is intended to demonstrate that quantitative and qualitative methods, rather than being mutually exclusive, can be fruitfully combined to yield ‘a synergistic value’


Nieves Zuniga

Nieves Zúñiga

Former Research Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Nieves Zúñiga received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Essex and she was formerly a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on two governance issues: the design and implementation of anti-corruption policies, with special interest on integrity management; and the political recognition, representation and participation of discriminated groups, such as indigenous peoples.

She is currently working on the project ANTICORRP, funded by the European Union under the FP7 Programme, analysing the anti-corruption policy in Bolivia to identify factors promoting or hindering an effective anti-corruption policy.



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