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Professor Simon Green AcSS

Executive Dean / Professor of Politics / Co-Director of Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)

Simon Green

Simon Green is Executive Dean of the School of Languages and Social Sciences. He was educated at the Universities of Manchester, Heidelberg and Birmingham and has held academic appointments at the Universities of Portsmouth (1997-2000) and Birmingham (2000-8), where he was also Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. He joined Aston as Professor of Politics in 2008 and served as Head of Politics and International Relations (2009-11), Deputy Dean (2011-13) and Executive Dean (2013-).

His research interests lie in European politics, especially in comparative immigration, integration and citizenship policy, as well as in German political structures and party politics. In 2010-11 (with Ed Turner), he held a research grant, funded by the DAAD’s Promoting German Studies in the UK Programme, into the changing nature of Christian Democracy in Germany. In 2012-13, together with Dr Christin Hess, he undertook a further project, also funded by the DAAD, comparing migration policies in the UK and Germany. He is the co-author (together with Dan Hough and Alister Miskimmon) of The Politics of the New Germany (Routledge, second edition 2012), a major new undergraduate textbook on contemporary Germany.

Professor Green is a member of the Area Studies Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and also serves on the Advisory Group of the ESRC’s UK in a Changing Europe Programme. From 2009-11, he was Chair of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP) and in 2011, he was elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences. Alongside his academic activities, Professor Green is active in British-German relations. From 2006-10, he served as Co-chair of UK-German Connection, a joint initiative of the UK and German governments to strengthen school and youth links. In 2013 and 2014, he and Dr Hess were commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to convene two high-level British-German policy seminars on migration, held in London (2013) and Berlin (2014).

Room: N902
Phone: 0121 204 3786
Email: s.o.green@aston.ac.uk 

PA: Heather Phillips
Phone: 0121 204 3992
Email: h.j.phillips@aston.ac.uk 

  • BA (University of Manchester)
  • PhD (University of Birmingham)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Immigration and Citizenship policy in Europe 
  • German politics 
  • European politics 
  • (2012) (with Dan Hough and Alister Miskimmon), The Politics of the New Germany (London: Routledge), Second Edition 

  • (2008) (with Dan Hough, Alister Miskimmon and Graham Timmins), The Politics of the New Germany (London: Routledge) 

  • (2007) (with Edward Turner) (eds.), Policy Convergence in the UK and Germany: Beyond the Third Way? (London: Routledge) 

  • (2005) (with William E. Paterson) (eds.), Governance in Contemporary Germany: The Semisovereign State Revisited (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). 

  • (2004) The Politics of Exclusion: Institutions and Immigration Policy in Contemporary Germany (Manchester: Manchester University Press). 

  • (2002) (with Lothar Funk) (eds.), New Aspects of Labour Market Policy (Berlin: Verlag für Wissenschaft und Forschung) 

  • (2013) ‘Germany: A Changing Country of Immigration’, German Politics 22/3: 333-351
  • (2013) (with E. Turner and W. Paterson), ‘Introduction: Understanding the Transformation of the CDU’, German Politics 22/1-2:  1-15
  • (2013) ‘Societal Transformation and Programmatic Change in the CDU’, German Politics 22/1-2: 46-63

  • (2012), ‘Much Ado About Not-Very-Much? Assessing Ten Years of German Citizenship Reform’, Citizenship Studies 16/2: 173-88

  • (2007) (with Edward Turner), ‘Understanding Policy Convergence in the UK and Germany’, German Politics 16/1: 1-21 

  • (2007), ‘Divergent Traditions, Converging Responses: Immigration and Integration Policy in the UK and Germany’, German Politics 16/1: 95-115 

  • (2005), ‘Between Ideology and Pragmatism: The Politics of Dual Nationality in Germany’, International Migration Review 39/4: 921-52

  •  (2003) ‘The Legal Status of Turks in Germany’, Immigrants and Minorities 22/2-3: 228-46 

  • (2001) ‘Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship in Germany: The Impact of Unification and the Berlin Republic’, West European Politics 24/4: 82-104 

  • (2000) ‘Beyond Ethnoculturalism? German Citizenship in the New Millennium’, German Politics 9/3: 105-24 

  • (2010), 'Beyond Semisovereignity? Economic Governance in Germany', in C.Jeffery, S.Bulmer and S.Padgett (eds.), Rethinking Germany and Europe: Democracy and Diplomacy in a Semisovereign State' (London: Palgrave)

  • (2008) (with William E. Paterson), ‘Last Orders? Semisovereignty and the Crisis of Cost Containment in the Grand Coalition’, in A. Miskimmon, W. Paterson and J. Sloam (eds.), Germany’s Gathering Crisis: The 2005 Federal Election and the Grand Coalition (Basingstoke: Palgrave) 

  • (2006), ‘Zwischen Kontinuität und Wandel: Migrations- und Staatsangehörigkeitspolitik’, in Manfred Schmidt and Reimut Zohlnhöfer (eds.), Regieren in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Innen- und Aussenpolitik seit 1949 (Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften) 

  • (2005) ‘Germany’, in Juliet Lodge (ed.), The 2004 Election to the European Parliament (Basingstoke: Palgrave) 

  • (2003) ‘Towards an Open Society? Citizenship and Immigration’, in Stephen Padgett, William Paterson and Gordon Smith (eds.), Developments in German Politics 3 (Basingstoke: Palgrave)

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