Holly Snaith

Honorary Research Fellow 

Holly Snaith

Holly joined Aston University in 2012 as a Teaching Associate in Politics and International Relations, having previously taught at the University of Sheffield, where she is presently completing her PhD. Her academic work has two distinct strands. Firstly, her primary empirical work is in comparative European political economy, although this is grounded in broader understandings of the global economy and the role of financial globalisation (and its interpretations) in shifting the terrain for government and sovereignty. In particular, she is interested in the role played by ideas and concepts in framing and co-constituting institutions. Alongside this, she is also developing a distinct research agenda in the field of pedagogy, centred around employability initiatives and the integration of quantitative methods in the undergraduate curriculum.

  • BA in Political Science (Birmingham) 
  • MA in Research Methods (Sheffield) 


  • LP 2006 - Research Methods
  • LP 3024 - Political Parties and Party Systems
  • LP 2022 - Introduction to Political Economy
  • LP 2020 - The Institutions and Policies of the European Union


  • LPM003 - Research Methods

Economic and Monetary Union, the political economy of ideas, monetary and fiscal politics, multi level governance, comparative politics, research methods and epistemological justifications.

Journal Articles

  • ‘Narratives of Optimum Currency Area theory and Eurozone Governance’ (2014) New Political Economy, forthcoming, Vol.19 No. 4 (Accepted without revisions). 

Commissioned Policy papers

  • ‘Employability learning in the Politics/IR Curriculum’ report for the HEA (£10,000 small grant, PIs Professor Donna Lee and Dr Emma Foster, Birmingham), May 2013.
  • ‘Immigration policy: New avenues for British-German Co-operation’ Policy paper funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via the Aston Centre for Europe, May 2013.
  • ‘Widening the Lens: what can the UK learn from public service reform in the developing world?, 2020 Public Services Hub, Overseas Development Institute and Public Services Academy paper (with Dr Henry Kippin, 2020PSH) funded by the University of Sheffield Roberts Fund, February 2012.  
  • ‘Equalities policy under the coalition: time for a new approach?’ 2020 Public Services Hub discussion paper no.1, funded by the University of Sheffield Roberts Fund, May 2011.
  • ‘Governing Diffuse Water Pollution’ Internal policy paper produced for URSULA, University of Sheffield, and funded by the Department of Politics, August 2010. 

Conference Presentations

  • 'It's the economy, stupid: building an institutionalist conception of multi-level governance' JMCE conference: Doctoral Research on Europe and the EU: Building a PhD Community in the North-West, University of Salford, 18th February 2011 
  • ‘What are the governance implications of the Water Framework directive?’, internal paper produced for WFD research project, findings presented by Professor David Lerner as ‘Can the Big Society solve diffuse urban pollution?’, CIWEM Water and Environment 2011 conference, 6th-7th April 2011 
  • ‘Equalities policy under the coalition: time for a new approach?’ Aston Centre for Europe Colloquium on 'Public Administration in an Age of Austerity: The Future of the Discipline', 11th May 2011, also Dudley Centre for Equality & Diversity workshop on Equalities policy, 16th September 2011 
  • 'Does Optimal Currency Area theory suggest the need for greater Multi-Level governance in the Eurozone?' UACES conference: New Frontiers in European Studies, University of Surrey, 30th June 2011 
  • ‘Building a new (constructivist) institutionalist conception of Multi-Level Governance within European monetary policy’, CEPSA conference: Multilevel Politics: Intra- and Inter-level Comparative Perspectives, University of Vienna, 27th-29th October 2011 
  • ‘Does Optimal Currency Area theory suggest the need for greater Multi-Level Governance within the Eurozone?’ Sheffield Postgraduate Colloquium, 22nd May 2012 
  • ‘Doctoral Internships as a Model of Knowledge Exchange’ Sheffield Research Exchange for the Social Sciences launch colloquium, 15th June 2012 
  • ‘Narratives of Optimal Currency Area theory and Eurozone Governance’ IPEG group conference, University of Birmingham, 9th-10th September 2012  
  • ‘Fiscal politics, demographic change, and the narrative of crisis’, Aston Centre for Europe Conference on ‘The implications for the UK of the sovereign debt crisis and Eurozone economic governance’, 31st January 2013     
  • ‘Employability Learning and the Politics/IR Curriculum’, PSA Annual Conference, Cardiff 25th-27th March 2013 (with Professor Donna Lee and Dr Emma Foster), funded by PSA (£150) 
  • ‘Integrating quantitative methods with the employability agenda’ HEA Social Sciences conference, Liverpool 23rd-24th May, funded by the HEA (£300) 
  • ‘Constructivist institutionalism, governance, and the Euro crisis’, BISA annual conference, Birmingham 20th-21st June 2013 
  • 2013: £1,000. Paid to write a report on immigration policy and British-German partnerships by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with Simon Green and
  • 2013: £300. Awarded from HEA travel fund to present a paper at the HEA conference.
  • 2013: £155. Awarded from PSA travel fund to present a paper at the PSA conference.
  • 2012: $34,000. Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to undertake a Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for European Studies, Harvard University 2012-13 under Professor Peter A Hall. Forced to decline for family reasons.
  • 2011: £6,000. Grant awarded via the University of Sheffield Roberts Fund to complete an internship at the think tank 2020Public Services Hub (based at the RSA, London) in 2011 under the University’s Knowledge Exchange Partnership.
  • 2010: £1,500. Research Assistantship at the University of Sheffield, which involved working as part of a team drawn from Engineering, Town Planning and Political Science on the multi-level governance of water management.
  • 2008: £70,000. MA and PhD funded through ESRC 1+3 quota award studentship 
  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) 
  • Political Studies Association (PSA) 
  • British International Studies Association (BISA) 

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research