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The Scholarship of Engagement for Politics was a collaborative endeavour between the University of Warwick, Coventry University and Oxford Brookes University. Here, within this section of the site, you will find details concerning the various members of the project.

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Alasdair Blair is Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Studies and Social Science at Coventry University. He is also Director of The Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP) which is based at the University of Birmingham. Alasdair has previously held posts at Loughborough University, Nottingham Trent University and the University of North London (now London Metropolitan University).


Steven Curtis is now Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Law, Governance and International Relations, London Metropolitan University. Between 2005 and 2007 he was a Research Fellow on the project based at Coventry University, where he taught International Relations from 1997 to 2007. Since joining London Metropolitan, Steven has worked as a consultant on the project and is currently involved in the transferability stage.


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Barrie Axford is Professor of Politics and Head of Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has held posts at Stanford University and the University of Southampton and been Visiting Professor at the University of Genoa and Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Barrie has five main long-term research interests - Theories of globalization, global networks, global civil society, new media and democracy. His publications include: The Global System: Economics, Politics and Culture (1996); Politics: an Introduction (joint author -1997 and 2002); Unity and Diversity in the New Europe (joint editor), (2000); The New Media and Politics (co- editor) (2001), 'Europe and Cosmopolitanism' (book, in press, 2007), and Theories of Globalization (forthcoming, Polity, 2007), as well as numerous articles and chapters in edited books, as well as special journal issues. He is a member of the International Editorial Board of the Elsevier journal 'Telematics and Informatics' and of Editorial Board of the International Journal of 'Electronic Governance'.


Richard Huggins is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at Oxford Brookes University where he teaches postgraduate courses on research methods and democracy.
Richard has two main areas of research interests. The first is media, politics and democracy on which he has published a number of articles and chapters and recent books. The second main area of research interest includes criminal and social justice, public order issues, community and urban renewal and substance misuse. In recent years he has conducted a number of commissioned research projects and consultancies for a range of local authorities. Richard is currently involved in a community development project funded through the Communities Against Drugs (CAD) initiative of the Home Office’s Crime Reduction Unit. He is also a member of the Drugs Prevention Advisory Service Regional Training Forum, and the Partnership Board of the Leys Link Single Regeneration Board in Oxford.


Kim Francis is the IT Officer for the Scholarship of Engagement Project for Politics. She has a teaching background, and also has experience of writing for the web. She has a specific interest in the use of learning tools and technologies used on the web.


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Philippa Sherrington (formerly of Warwick University) is the FDTL Project Director. She arrived at Warwick in 1999, having previously been a lecturer at Queen's University of Belfast. Her research focuses upon the institutional dynamics of the European Union (EU), in particular the inter-institutional dialogues between the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. Other areas of research include idea generation and think tanks who work on the EU, and the UK's tense relationship with the EU.
Philippa obtained a Warwick award for Teaching Excellence in 2003, having been nominated by students and colleagues. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching from the Queen's University Belfast, is an accredited member of the Higher Education Academy, and is a Member of the Reference Group for the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP). She recently worked with the British Council in Romania on the development of a curriculum in EU politics for Romanian Universities


Caroline Gibson was the FDTL Project Manager for The Scholarship of Engagement for Politics. She has previously held high level administrative posts within the Department of Criminology and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester. She has also run a small academic publishing company, publishing Social Science research in the areas of criminology, risk management and security management.
Now that the FDTL project has ended, Caroline holds posts at the University of Warwick as Manager of the ESRC Radicalisation and Violence Programme and with the Reinvention Centre as Reinvention Journal Manager.

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