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Ed Turner is a leading expert on German politics and is also interested in comparative politics, notably in the areas of political parties, federalism and public policy.  He wrote his doctorate about the impact of political parties on public policy at the sub-national level in Germany, and retains a keen interest in all aspects of modern German politics.  He has been led several research projects funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), including his current project assessing the impacts of the Covid pandemic on territorial politics.  He is acting chair of the International Association for the Study of German Politics.

Ed undertook a secondment to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK government between 2018 and 2020, funded initially by the ESRC and then by the FCDO itself.

Ed is Associate Dean for Research Impact of the College of Business and Social Sciences, and is passionate about supporting academics to take their research out to potential beneficiaries outside the university.

Ed has been involved in two major reviews of housing policy: the “Local Housing Delivery Group” (known at the Harman Review), which looked at how to test the viability of councils’ Local Plans, and the Technical Housing Standards Review convened by the government to look at standards required in new housing.  He has given evidence to a Select Committee at the House of Commons and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Private Rented Housing.  He has spoken widely on these issues in the media, including BBC and Sky News and BBC Radio 4(including the Today programme).  He is an Associate Fellow of the Foreign Policy Centre think tank.

Ed Turner is also a referee in semi-professional football.

Teaching Activity

Ed teaches a first-year course called "Introduction to the European Union" and supervises undergraduate dissertations and placements.


  • Doctorate at the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Masters in European Politics and Society at Nuffield College in Oxford
  • BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at St. John’s College, Oxford
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education

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 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert

PhD, University of Birmingham

MPhil, European Politics and Society, University of Oxford

BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford

External positions

Associate fellow, Foreign Policy Centre

Joint Secretary, International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP)


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