Expert guide: 2019 general election and Brexit

Are you a journalist looking for an expert? We have compiled a list of world-leading academics and experts who are able to provide comment and analysis on a range of topics related to Brexit and the 2019 general election.

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Political engagement and democracy

Dr Kate Dommett
Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics
Lecturer in Politics

  • Digital campaigning (political advertising, data-driven campaigning and transparency)
  • Political parties
  • Public perceptions
  • Democratic politics

Professor Matthew Flinders
Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics

  • Psychology of politicians
  • Public (dis)engagement with politics
  • Constitutional reform

Professor Charles Pattie
Professor of Politics

  • Voting behaviour
  • Referendums
  • Opinion polls
  • Public attitudes towards EU

Dr Todd Hartman
Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at the Sheffield Methods Institute

  • Analysing polling and data around the EU referendum

British politics

Dr Felicity Matthews
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Governance

  • Domestic government processes
  • Domestic party politics
  • Relationships between government, parliament and citizens
  • Effects of constitutional rules and institutional norms
  • Practice of policymaking

Professor Andrew Gamble
Professor of Politics

  • British politics
  • British political economy
  • Conservative Party political strategy

Professor Andrew Hindmoor
Professor in Politics

  • Public policy
  • Political economy (with a particular interest in the banking crisis and bank reform)
  • British politics, governance, rational choice theory and political analysis

Scott Lavery
Research Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute

  • British and European political economy
  • Regional growth strategies and labour markets

Brexit and EU

Dr Katherine Davies
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

  • Impact of Brexit on family relationships

Professor Charlotte Burns
Professorial Fellow

  • European environmental policymaking
  • Impact of Brexit on environmental policy
  • UK in a changing Europe

Dr Matthew Wood
Deputy Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics

  • Brexit
  • Health governance
  • The EU's democratic legitimacy or governance procedures (i.e. what it does for us on a daily basis)

Professor Tamara Hervey
Professor of European Union Law

  • Brexit impact on the NHS
  • EU law
  • EU policy
  • EU health

Professor Simon Bulmer
Professor of European Politics

  • EU institutions
  • Renegotiation and referendum
  • German perceptions of the British referendum

Dr Owen Parker
Senior Lecturer in European Politics

  • The politics of citizenship, mobility and identity in the European Union
  • The political economy of the European Union

Dr Francesca Strumia
Lecturer in Law
Co-Director, International Law Firms Relations, School of Law

  • European citizenship and free movement of persons
  • EU migration law
  • European integration

Professor Allister McGregor
Professor in Political Economy

  • The impact of Brexit on Scotland
  • The EU and developing countries
  • The interplay between poverty, vulnerability, power and inequalities.

Dr Irini Katsirea
Reader in International Media Law

  • EU internal market
  • EU media law and policy

Dr Stefanie Pukallus
Lecturer in Global Journalism

  • European integration history since 1950
  • European civil and identity policies
  • European public and political communication
  • EU reporting

Professor Angie Hobbs
Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy

  • Democracy
  • Ethics
  • Brexit as a democratic process


Professor Michael Jacobs
Professorial Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute

  • Post-neoliberal political economy
  • ‘Paradigm shifts’ in economic thought, policy and discourse
  • Former special adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Dr Jonathan Perraton
Senior Lecturer in Economics

  • Globalisation
  • Economic Growth
  • Macroeconomic Performance

Dr Juan Paez-Farrell
Lecturer in Economics

  • Macroeconomics
  • International Economy and Monetary Economics
  • Business cycles, central banks, exchange rates and inflation


Dr Lucy Mayblin
Research Fellow

  • Asylum
  • Immigration
  • Human rights
  • Cultural political economy

Dr Majella Kilkey
Director of the University’s Migration Research Group

Climate crisis and policy

Dr Aidan While
Senior lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning

  • Environmental policy and politics
  • Cities and climate change
  • Politics of local and regional development
  • Planning for new economic spaces

Professor Eckart Lange
Professor of Landscape

  • European environments
  • European Environment Agency
  • European landscape architecture

Professor Martin Mayfield 
Professor of Engineering Design

  • Infrastructure (in cities, transport, buildings focused on sustainability)
  • Climate Change
  • Energy (general)

Professor Peter Styring
Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

  • Climate Change 
  • Carbon Capture

Dr Sol Brown
Research Centre Assistant Director: CDT Energy Storage and MEE Year in Industry Co-ordinator

  • Applications of batteries (powering the grid etc)
  • Electric Vehicles
  • Energy (general)

Business and trade

Professor Sumon Bhaumik
Chair in Finance, Sheffield University Management School

  • Global economics
  • Corporate governance
  • Impact of economic reform
  • Banking and credit markets

Professor Jason Heyes
Chair in Employment Relations, Sheffield University Management School

  • Employment relations
  • The labour market
  • Trade union support for migrant workers

Professor Tim Vorley
Chair in Entrepreneurship, Sheffield University Management School

  • Entrepreneurship and enterprise
  • Innovation

Regional economies, housing and infrastructure

Professor Philip McCann
Chair in Urban and Regional Economics

  • Regional inequalities
  • Regional economic policy
  • How inequality influenced Brexit vote
  • Former Special Adviser to two European Commissioners for Regional Policy

Professor Alasdair Rae
Professorial Fellow

  • Spatial data analysis
  • Housing markets
  • Commuting
  • Rebalancing regional economies

Professor Rowland Atkinson
Research Chair in Inclusive Society

  • Gentrification and displacement
  • Cities and crime
  • Wealth, poverty and exclusion
  • Segregation and urban security
  • Gated communities and fortress homes

Education and families

Professor Cathy Nutbrown
Professor of Early Childhood Education

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Parents’ involvement in children's learning
  • Qualifications of early years and childcare workers
  • Led a 2011/12 government review on early years and childcare qualifications

Benefits and pensions

Dr Liam Foster
Lecturer in Social Work

  • Pension reform
  • Women and pensions

Higher education and research policy

Professor James Wilsdon
Professor in Research Policy

  • Research and innovation policy in the UK, EU and China
  • Government research and development budgets

European History

Dr Charles West
Reader in Medieval History

  • English relations with continental Europe in the Middle Ages
  • The Medieval idea of Europe
  • Misuse of the medieval past for political purposes

Professor Mary Vincent
Professor of Modern European History

  • The history of modern Spain
  • The history of Gibraltar

Dr Tom Leng
Senior Lecturer in History

  • Early modern Anglo-European relations (1500-1700), focussing on commercial relations but also diplomacy/warfare in general
  • Migration between England and the continent

Dr Dina Gusejnova
Lecturer in Modern History

  • The idea of Europe before the 1950s

Dr Caroline Dodds Pennock
Lecturer in International History

  • Early multicultural origins of British/European culture

Dr Caoimhe Dhaibheid
Lecturer in Modern History

  • Impact of Brexit on Anglo/Irish relations and Northern Ireland

Professor Martial Staub
Professor of Medieval History

  • What Europe really means
  • The history of European culture and identity

Dr Eirini Karamouzi
Lecturer in Contemporary History

  • The history of EU policy
  • The 60th anniversary of the EU
  • European identity
  • Western Europe since 1945
  • European democracy
  • Press and public opinion