Dr Joseph Ward


Department of Politics and International Relations

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr Joseph Ward
Department of Politics and International Relations
Modular Teaching Village
Northumberland Road
S10 1AJ

Dr Joseph Ward joined the Department of Politics and International Relations in September 2021 as a Teaching Associate. From 2021-2023, he taught on a range of modules across public policy, political economy and political theory. Prior to this he taught at the University of Birmingham, where he also completed his PhD in July 2022. He is currently working as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow.

  • BA English Literature & American Studies (2012)
  • MA Political Science (2014)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Eduction Academy (2018)
  • PhD Political Science and International Relations (2022)
Research interests

My research sits at the interface of governance, public policy and political economy, with a particular focus on the UK constitution. I have published work on the impact of the 2016 EU referendum on UK politics in leading journals, including Political Studies and Parliamentary Affairs. My postdoctoral fellowship seeks to develop my PhD research into the emergence of the referendum as a political tool in the UK in the 1970s, as well other research streams on the place of Northern Ireland within the UK constitution and the politics of legitimacy under neoliberalism.                 


Journal articles


Research group
  • Governance and Public Policy
  • Political Economy

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship: £99,463

Teaching interests

My approach to teaching is focused on the development of critical, active learners who are able to co-constitute knowledge in the classroom. This is underpinned by the philosophies of democratic education and critical pedagogy, areas in which I am interested both academically and practically. I hold an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, and am currently in the process of completing Fellowship accreditation.

Teaching activities
  • Approaches to Political Economy
  • Development
  • British Politics
  • Capitalism and Crisis