Dr Patricia Hogwood


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I am a Reader in European Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR). I completed my PhD in European Studies at the University of Bradford and taught at the universities of Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Glasgow before coming to the University of Westminster in 2004. I work in the fields of comparative European politics and European Union politics, specialising in German politics, political identity and internal security.

Throughout my career I have enjoyed working with students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups. I have taught and supervised students at all levels, including adult pre-entry students, students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses and researchers studying for a PhD. I have been delighted to receive nominations for outstanding teaching and innovation in teaching since the Students' Union's inaugural Staff Appreciation Awards in 2012. 

I have developed and taught numerous modules in the areas of European and comparative politics. These have included classes on: comparative politics; German politics; environmental politics and policy; Green political theories; party politics; territorial politics; political institutions; institutional theories; European Union governance and policymaking; the European Union as an international actor; European security; and international migration.

Current Teaching

Undergraduate teaching: SPIR611 European Security; guest lectures on SPIR401 Comparative Politics.

PhD Supervision

I am available to supervise PhD students on a wide range of areas relating to German, comparative and European politics and institutional theory. In particular, I am interested in supervising work on: 

  • German politics: the politics of identity in Germany; post-unification transition; behavioural politics and the politics of wellbeing; consumerism and the politics of consumption; immigration policy; Germany's external relations. 
  • Comparative European politics: territorial politics; UK devolution in European comparison; immigration politics; internal security. 
  • European Union politics: EU immigration policy; EU internal and external security; EU sustainability policies; the institutionalisation of EU policy domains.

My research is guided by my interests in democracy, the interface between state and society, cultural identity, security, structures of governance and public policy. As a Europeanist I am interested not only in the way these factors interact within a single nation state, but also between European states and the European Union (EU). 

My research on German politics looks at the impacts of unification on identity, democracy and public policy. My recent work in this field has included studies on: the German 'inner unity' project and the politics of behaviour change; the politics of wellbeing in united Germany; and consumer culture and 'normalisation' in post-GDR society. I have a long-standing interest in the development of immigration policy in (West) Germany since the Second World War. I am particularly interested in what Germany's immigration policy reveals about constitutional, cultural and security identities in the country. I am currently working on Germany's efforts to influence the 'export' of immigration control beyond the external borders of the European Union. 

This work links with my interest in the emergence of immigration policy as a competence of the EU. I am currently working on the institutionalisation and securitisation of border control within the EU and the implications of this for developments in immigration policy within the member states. At a theoretical level, I am exploring institutionalist and securitisation perspectives on the creation of new EU policy domains of sustainability and immigration control. 


2014: Political Studies Association Specialist Activities Award (£2000) for German Politics Specialist Group conference 'The Politics of Coalition in Germany and UK', (date tba) 

2013: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (€72,318.05, 2013-14) 'The German Past and the Contemporary World: The Domestic and Foreign Politics of Memory': a two-year international programme bringing external scholars to UK for research collaboration., led by Institute for German Studies (IGS) at the University of Birmingham. 

2012: Political Studies Association Specialist Activities Award (£2000) for conference 'Immigrants in Europe: between the Eurozone Crisis and the Arab Spring', London 9 November 2012 

2007: Quintin Hogg Trust (London) (£199,600, 2007-9) 'Governance and sustainability - innovating for environmental and technological futures'. University of Westminster, in association with the Lemelson Centre for the Study of Invention and Innovation (Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC) and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore).

Together with colleagues from the universities of Manchester and Edinburgh, I held two ESRC awards for research into the impact of UK devolution on the handling of European Union policy making. These projects charted the process of capacity building within the UK's devolved authorities for the coordination and handling off EU business in devolved policy areas. My input into these projects included work on the devolved authorities' involvement in environmental policy and comparative regional sustainability initiatives. 

2001: ESRC grant L 219 25 2003 (£164,964, 2001-4) 'Asymmetric Devolution and European policy in the UK' (ESRC Programme Devolution and Constitutional Change.

1999: ESRC grant L 327 25 3024 (£36,607) 'Devolution and European policy making in Britain' (ESRC programme Devolution and Institutional Change). 

Academic posts

  • Convenor of the German Politics Specialist Group of the UK Political Studies Association 
  • Visiting Fellow, Institute for German Studies (IGS), University of Birmingham.













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