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The ACE Team 

Meet the ACE team
Patrycja Rozbicka

Patrycja Rozbicka

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University
  • Interest: European Union, interest groups, and regulation of music industry
  • Background: Comparative politics 
  • Author of: 'Advocacy coalitions: influencing the policy process in the EU' Journal of European public policy, 2016

Helena Farrand-Carrapico

Helena Farrand-Carrapico

  • Title: Lecturer in politics and International Relations, Deputy Director of the Aston Centre for Europe
  • Interests: European Security, European Union Justice and Home Affairs, organised crime, cyber security.
  • Background: International Relations; European Union Studies. 
  • Author of: (forthcoming 2017) “The EU as a coherent actor in the field of cyber security”, Journal of Common Market Studies

Andrew Glencross

Dr Andrew Glencross

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Brexit, European Integration, IR theory
  • Background: I grew up in the north of England and am a graduate of the University of Cambridge (BA Social and Political Studies and M.Phil. Historical Studies) as well as a former Joseph Hodges Choate Fellow at Harvard University from 2000-01.
  • Author of: Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation (Palgrave Pivot, 2016)

 Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations; Deputy Director of the Aston Centre for Europe
  • Interest: politics of development aid, political economy of foreign direct investment
  • Background: political economy
  • Co-author of: New Europe’s New Development Aid (Routledge 2015) and editor of Foreign Direct Investment in Central and Eastern Europe. Post-Crisis Perspectives (Palgrave 2017)

Gemma Bird

Gemma Bird

  • Title: Teaching Associate in Politics and International Relations, Aston University
  • Interest: Political Theory, Non-Western Political Theory, African Politics, Political Engagement
  • Background: Political Theory 
  • Author of: Bird, G. (2016) Beyond the nation state: the role of local and pan-national identities in defining post-colonial African citizenship, Citizenship Studies, Vol. 20 (2), pp. 260-275 

Virginie Grzelczyk

Virginie Grzelczyk 

  • Title: Lecturer in international Relations
  • Interest: North Korea, International Security and Conflict 
  • Background: International Relations and Conflict Resolution
  • Author of: North Korea’s New Diplomacy: Challenging Political Isolation in the 21st Century

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Daniel Fitzpatrick

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics
  • Interest: Theories of political culture and state transformation
  • Background: comparative politics
  • Author of: The Politics of Regulation: Between Tradition, Contingency and Crisis, 2016, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Lucian Leustean

Lucian Leustean 

  • Title: Reader in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Religion and Politics in The EU
  • Background: Politics and International Relations, Law and Theology
  • Author of: The Ecumenical Movement and the Making of the European Community (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Peacebuilding, transitional justice
  • Background: International relations, ethnography and area studies
  • Author of: Ethnic Conflict and War Crimes in the Balkans: Narratives of Denial In Post-Conflict Serbia (IB Tauris, 2013)

Jens-Uwe Wunderlich

Jens-Uwe Wunderlich

  • Title: Lecturer in International Relations, Aston University 
  • Interest: Comparative Regionalism, International Relations of East Asia
  • Background: International Relations,Business Management and Economics
  • Author of: Regionalism, Globalisation and International Order, 2007, Aldershot, Ashgate; The European Union and Global Governance: A Handbook, 2011, London, Routledge (with D.J. Bailey).

Anne Jenichen

Anne Jenichen

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: international and European human rights policy, particularly in the fields of gender and religion
  • Background: cross-disciplinary research on international norms and organisations
  • Author of: Political Innovation in internationalised post-war contexts: Bosnian women’s rights policy in comparative perspective, 2012, Springer VS (in German)

Cristian Nitoiu

Cristian Nitoiu

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: EU and Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, international relations, the European public sphere or international political communication
  • Background: International Relations

Dr Carolyn Rowe

Dr Carolyn Rowe

  • Title: Co-Director, Aston Centre for Europe
  • Interest: Regional politics, decentralisation, German politics, federalism, political communication
  • Background: European Politics
  • Author of: (2018: in preparation, co-authored with E. Turner) Decentralising Policy Responsibility and Political Authority – Towards a New German Federalism? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Amanda Russell Beattie

Amanda Russell Beattie

  • Title: Lecturer, Politics & International Relations
  • Interest: International Ethics, Critical International Relations, Migration & Citizenship
  • Background: Ph.D, International Relations (St. Andrews) M. Litt. International Security Studies (St. Andrews) M. Ed. (Aston University, June 2017), B.A. (Hons), Political Science (McGill University)
  • Recent Pulications: Beattie, A.R. (Forthcoming 2017) “Agency or Empowerment? The lived experience of the United Kingdom Family VISA Regime” Politics, Beattie, A.R. (Forthcoming, 2017) “Carving out slow spaces in Higher Education: Narrative framings of Professional Practice in an International Relations context” Knowledge Cultures, Beattie, A.R. (2016) “The Vulnerable Political Subject of Citizenship and Exile” Citizenship Studies.
     
John Gaffney

John Gaffney

  • Title: Professor in Politics and International Relations, Aston University
  • Interest: The European Union, European Industry, Interest Groups, Policy Making, Protest and Citizenship, Cyber Security, Political Economy, Europe and Asia, Europe and Russia, Political Leadership, Security Studies, the UK and Europe, Religion and Politics, Gender Studies, and the internal politics of several member states: e.g. France, Germany, Poland.
  • Background: Political theory 
  • Author of: John Gaffney is a leading researcher in political leadership studies. His two most recent monographs examined leadership in France and the UK, respectively.