Carolyn joined the department in 2010, having previously worked as a Lecturer and Programme Director at the University of Birmingham’s European Research Institute. At Birmingham, she was also Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. Her research interests include territorial politics in Europe, comparative federalism and political communication. She is a member of the newly established UACES network on “Communicating Europe”. Since 2006, she has been acting as an advisor to the EU Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX).
In 2012 and 2013, Carolyn is working with Dr Ed Turner (Aston) and Professor Charlie Jeffery (Edinburgh) on a DAAD-funded research project assessing territorial policy variation in the German Länder, “Reframing German Federalism”.
Together with Dr Nat Copsey, Carolyn manages the New EU Agenda series at Aston, a set of public workshops and debates designed to engage a broad audience in European policy issues. This series is co-sponsored by the European Commission Representation in the UK.