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Dr. Ed Turner

Lecturer in Politics / Examinations Officer for the Politics and International Relations Group / Membership of Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)

Ed Turner

Ed Turner is particularly interested in federalism, decentralisation 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 involved in two research projects funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).  The first (with Simon Green) looked at the changing nature of German Christian Democracy, and the second (with Carolyn Rowe) is involved in considering the extent of territorial variation in German politics, and in particular the impact of the 2006 federalism reforms.  He has also worked on comparative public policy, and is particularly interested in housing and spatial planning.  He has recently won funding from the DAAD to undertake a comparative study of housing policy in Britain and Germany, jointly with the think tank IPPR.

In his spare time, Ed Turner serves on the Local Government Association's Environment, Economy, Transport and Housing Board.  He has been involved in three 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, the Technical Housing Standards Review convened by the government to look at standards required in new housing, and most recently the Lyons Review of Housing Policy, which identified a way for England to build at least 200,000 homes a year.  He has given evidence to committees of the House of Commons on several occasions, 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 has also written on a number of high-profile blogs, such as Left Foot Forward.

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

  • 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 

 On research leave in TP1. Teaching in TP2.

Undergraduate Modules

  • LP1026 Additional Politics Essay
  • LP1027 Extended Additional Politics Essay
  • LP2007 Comparative Government and Politics
  • LP2033 Additional Politics Essay
  • LP3024 Political Parties & Party Systems
  • LP3032 Power in Parliamentary Decision-making


Postgraduate Modules

  • LPM019 Partisan Politics in Europe
  • Racing to the top or racing to the bottom? What the German federalism reforms of 2006 tell us about the impact of decentralisation upon public policy“, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, 25-27 March 2013 (with Carolyn Rowe);
  • Racing to the top or racing to the bottom? What the German federalism reforms of 2006 tell us about the impact of decentralisation upon public policy“, workshop at the University of Edinburgh on “Policy variation on German federalism“, 1-2 March 2013 (with Carolyn Rowe);
  • “The wall in the cradle?  Explaining variations in childcare between German regions”, Public Administration Committee Annual Conference, Plymouth, 18-19 July 2012 (with Sarah King-Hele);
  • “Modernisation in small steps?  Comparing the organisational reforms of the British Conservative Party and the German CDU”, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Belfast, 2-5 April 2012 (with Tim Bale);
  • “Standing in front of bulldozers?  Explaining policy stability in land use planning”, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Belfast, 2-5 April 2012 (with Siobhan McAndrew);
  • Ambitionierte Zielsetzung, unzureichende Realisierung? Reformen der Kandidat/innenrekrutierung  in Großbritannien und Deutschland im Vergleich”, Akademie für Politische Bildung, Tutzing, 16-18 March 2012 (with Daniel Wigbers);
  • “‘Reformfähig oder nur schwer verändbar? Modernisierungsversuche der CDU und der britischen Konservativen im Vergleich“, Arbeitskreis Parteienforschung, Trier, 20-21 October 2011 (with Tim Bale and Simon Green)
  • “From Co-operative to Competitive Localism?  The changing balance between equity and efficiency in local government under the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition“, Public Administration Committee Conference, Birmingham, 5-6 September 2011
  • “Territory and Party: Explaining public policy variation in the German Länder“, American Political Science Association, Seattle, 1-4 September 2011
  • “Opportunities and challenges to local government in the new planning regime“, Local Government Association Conference, Birmingham, 28-30 June 2011
  • “The CDU and party organisational change”, Workshop, “The CDU: Continuities, Challenges and Changes”, Aston, 17 June 2011
  • “The CDU and party organisational change: critical reflections on the CDU as a ‘cartel’ party”, International Association for the Study of German Politics, London, 13-14 May 2011
  • “Planning at the Crossroads: English Planning Policy and Housing Need 1997-2011”, ACCIS seminar “Planning at the Crossroads”, London, 15 March 2011 (with Siobhan McAndrew)
  • “Elected Members and the Reform of Spatial Planning”.  Conference of the Planning Advisory Service, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, 27 January 2011
  • “Party Servants, Ideologues or Regional Representatives?  The German Länder and the Reform of Federalism”, University of Edinburgh, 29-30 November 2010 (with Carolyn Rowe);
  • “‘We Still Haven’t Found what We’re Looking For’: Land-Use Regulation and Housing Delivery”, Savills and Blake Lapthorn Planning Conference, Oxford, 4 November 2010;
  • “’Because Planning is Political’. Explaining Policy Failure in English Land-Use Regulation.”  Paper presented to the expert workshop “Territorial governance in Europe: Convergence, Divergence or Constancy?”, HafenCity University Hamburg, 22 June 2010 (with Siobhan McAndrew)
  • “When Parties Matter: Partisan Influence on Public Policy at the Regional Level in Germany”, Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Edinburgh, March 2010
  • “Keeping Development on Track”, SEEDA/South East Excellence Seminar, Said Business School, Oxford, March 2009
  • “‘Power to the People’?  The Limitations of the ‘New Localism’ as a Means of Community Empowerment”, with Anneliese Dodds and Dan Paskins. PSA Local Politics Specialist Group, Birmingham, January 2009
  • “Parties in Local Government: A Bottle Half Full?” INLOGOV ESRC Seminar Series Conference, University of Birmingham, January 2009
  • “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?’ Do Parties Matter in the Länder?”, German Academic Exchange Service Graduate Conference, Amsterdam (June 2007); and Association for the Study of German Politics Annual Conference, Edinburgh (May 2007)
  • “Asymmetries and Inequalities in Devolved Policy-Making in Britain and Germany”. Lecture Tour at invitation of German-British Foundation, September 2005
Room: NW802C
Email: e.turner@aston.ac.uk 

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