Owen Parker

Dr Owen Parker

Senior Lecturer in European Politics

Contact Details:
Telephone: +44 (0)114 2221695
Fax: +44 (0)114 222 1717
Room: 2.02 Elmfield
Email: o.parker@sheffield.ac.uk


Owen Parker joined the Department in April 2012. He was awarded a PhD in Politics and International Studies from Warwick in September 2010 (ESRC funded), holds Masters degrees from Warwick (Politics, International Political Economy track, 2007) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (International Relations, 2002), and a BSc from Bath (Politics and Economics, 2000).

Owen’s research sits at the intersection of international theory (IR and IPE) and European studies. In particular his work is interested in the relationship between Europe as a political and economic project. Recent and ongoing research focuses on questions related to EU citizenship and migration within and into the EU (see Research projects below).

Owen’s academic interests dovetail with his prior professional experience. From 2003-2006 he was 'International Relations Officer' at the European Commission (Directorate General for Enlargement, Turkey Unit) working on the assessment of Turkey's fulfilment of the EU's Copenhagen political criteria (relating to human rights, democracy, rule of law, minority rights).


I teach modules on the EU. My aim in the classroom developing modules in this area is to render the EU a relevant and even exciting (!), object of study for students. Thus, while the EU itself is often regarded and portrayed as a highly technocratic and bureaucratic entity, I seek to emphasise the political, economic, social and normative importance of the EU – its significance for the lives of European citizens and those beyond Europe’s borders. In so doing I draw on a mainstream European studies, but also materials from beyond these literatures and, indeed, beyond academic scholarship. In the classroom I aim to create a friendly learning environment where all are active learners and all feel free to participate.

PhD Supervision

I would be interested in supervising students working on European politics, in particular projects relating to European citizenship, European political economy, theory and the EU.



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

Key Projects

Awarding Body: Leverhulme Trust (Research Fellowship)
Title of Research: Citizenship for Sale: Immigrant Investor Programmes in Crisis EU?
Duration: September 2014-2015
Total Award: £45,000

Awarding Body: Leverhulme Trust (Early Career Fellowship)
Title of Research: Roma Resistance in the EU: Beyond Cosmopolitan Government?
Duration: October 2011-2013
Total Award: approx. £55,000

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