Professor Andrew Taylor


Contact Details:
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 1689
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 1717
Room: G.53 Elmfield


After reading Politics and Modern History at the University of Manchester (1972-75) I undertook postgraduate research and was awarded my PhD from the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield in 1982. The dissertation examined the politics of the Yorkshire Area (NUM) between 1944 and 1974. I was appointed as a lecturer in politics at the then Huddersfield Polytechnic, later the University of Huddersfield, where I was successively senior lecturer, principal lecturer and then professor. I joined the department at Sheffield in January 2000 as Reader and in September 2004 I was awarded a personal chair.

I have a long-term interest in the concept of state failure and the political reconstruction of post-conflict states. My main current research interests are focused on South Eastern Europe and the role of the EU in state building. Originally funded by the ESRC, the results of this research were published as a book by Routledge in 2012. Palgrave Macmillan published my book, State Failure, in 2013.


In common with the rest of the Department I have a strong interest in, and commitment to teaching. As chair of the learning and teaching committee I helped develop the Department’s employability agenda (including an internship scheme) and its teaching of transferable skills. In my teaching I place great emphasis on student engagement with, and participation in, their learning. As far as is practicable I encourage students to undertake ‘hands-on’ learning, blending the theoretical, empirical and real-world aspects of their studies.

My principal teaching commitments are:

In May 2012 I received a Senate Award for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, in the Sustained Excellence category.

PhD Supervision

I have supervised research students in a broad range of areas, focusing on political institutions and processes in the UK and elsewhere.

Areas of past supervision include:

  • Wartime Politics and the Development of the Postwar Consensus
  • Leadership politics in the Conservative Party
  • The Conservative Party and National Identity.
  • The Role of the Trade Unions in the Reunification of Germany
  • The European Union and Macedonian Politics

Key Publications

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