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Dr. Dan Greenwood is Reader in Politics and Joint Coordinator of the PhD programme for School of Social Sciences. He holds a PhD in political theory/ political economy from University of Westminster, an MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems (University of Sussex) and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (University of Oxford). He has previously taught politics at the Universities of Glasgow and Gloucestershire. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Greenwood worked for several years as an IT consultant, mainly in London's finance and marketing sectors.


Dr Greenwood's teaching focuses on governance and the state; policy-making; political economy; the politics of energy and environment;.

Currently he teaches on the following modules:

Power and the State (level 5)

Policy and Practice (level 6)

Governance, Policy and Democracy (level 7)

He also coordinates seminars for the Politics/ IR PhD programme.


The main focus of Dr Greenwood's research is the evaluation of governance and policy in the face of complex, cross-cutting policy challenges. This includes an interest in problems of coordination, involving inter-relationships between different tiers and spheres of governance, as well as the interface between politics, policy and markets.

A further interest is the implications for democracy of the seemingly increasingly complex nature of governance and policy-making. These issues are explored through a focus on a range of economic, social and environmental areas of governance and policy.

His current and recent projects are:

Forthcoming monograph on ‘Effective Governance’ for the Palgrave ‘Understanding Governance’ series, to be published in 2019.

The future of governance and policy for low and zero carbon homes (with funding from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, University of Westminster Strategic Insight Programme, Quintin Hogg Foundation)

Assessing theoretical approaches for the evaluation of governance in political science and political economy, including most recently a panel on market framings and public policy at the Political Studies Association 2016 annual conference and the 2016 MANCEPT workshop on ‘Epistemic Perspectives on Democracy and the Market’

Co-convenor of the ESRC workshop on ‘Democratic Network Governance?’ at the ECPR Joint Sessions, University of Nottingham, April 2017.

The 'socialist calculation problem' and the development of novel approaches to economic modelling, particularly relating to the economics of climate change

Dr Greenwood provides doctoral research supervision on projects evaluating governance and policy across a range of sectors, including environmental governance, renewable energy, health, finance and the built environment/ urban planning, drawing from approaches in political science, policy analysis, political theory and political economy. He welcomes receipt of doctoral research proposals lying within these areas of research interest.


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.