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Carolyn is Reader in Politics and co-directs the Aston Centre for Europe (@Aston_ACE), an inter-disciplinary hub for policy-relevant research and knowledge transfer on Europe at Aston. Carolyn has expertise in the analysis of territorial politics in the EU, German federalism and devolution in the UK. She has provided analysis on the role of Brexit, devolved governance and the role of the German Länder in the European Union to a number of external organisations, including several EU institutions, the Scottish Parliament, the UK Shadow Europe team, CIPFA and a large manufacturing association. 

Carolyn is currently working on a DAAD-funded research project assessing new modes of multi-level governance that have emerged during the crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic ("Shifting Territorial Governance after the Pandemic"), along with Aston colleagues Dr. Caroline Gray, Dr. Ed Turner and Dr. Davide Vampa. 

She is also PI on a project funded by the James Madison Charitable Trust which explores the dynamics of intergovernmental relations in the UK after Brexit.

Carolyn previously managed the New EU Agenda series at Aston, a set of public workshops and debates designed to engage a broad audience in European policy issues. 

Teaching Activity

  • LP2020 - The Institutions and Policies of the European Union
  • LP3018 - Political Communication
  • LPM101 - Rethinking European Integration
  • LPM106 - Media and Political Communication


  • PhD (European Politics) University of Birmingham 
  • MA (European Studies) Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 
  • BA (Modern and Medieval Languages) University of Cambridge

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

External positions

Member of the Editorial Advisor Board, German Politics

4 Apr 2021 → …


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