Image of Simon BulmerProfessor Simon Bulmer

Professor of European Politics

Contact Details
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 1706
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 1717
Room: G59 Elmfield
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I joined the Department in September 2007.

I took an undergraduate degree in European Studies at Loughborough University (1972-75), a Masters in European Politics at Hull (1975-6), and then took my PhD at the London School of Economics on European Policy-Making in the Federal Republic of Germany. I was lecturer in the Department of Economics, Heriot-Watt University (1979-83), in European Studies at UMIST (1983-9) and then joined the Department of Government at the University of Manchester, where I was promoted to a professorship in 1995 and was Head of Department 2001-4. I was awarded a Jean Monnet ad personam professorship in 1999. I was Head of the Department of Politics at Sheffield 2011-14. I am an Associate Fellow at SPERI.

My principal research interests are European Union-member state relations (especially Germany and the UK); German politics, EU governance; and new/historical institutionalism.

I now work on a half-time basis.

Professional Activities and Recognition

He has been a visiting scholar/academic/professor at the College of Europe - Bruges, University of Calgary, Harvard University's Center for European Studies, University of Massachusetts – Boston, the Institut für Europäische Politik, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Germany’s leading think-tank, in Berlin and at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.

He was elected an Academician of the Social Sciences in 2001. He is a member of the editorial board of Parliamentary Affairs. He co-edited the Journal of Common Market Studies from 1991-98. Together with Neill Nugent he is the editor of the European Union Series at Macmillan/Red Globe Press.


I have a strong commitment to teaching and learning because of their centrality to universities’ work. I have taught a range of modules in the Department at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels: European Union governance and politics, Europeanisation, Britain and the EU, British politics, and Advanced Political Analysis. In 2018-19, I am offering an undergraduate module on German Politics: Domestic Contestation and Global Impact and a Masters module on Politics and Governance of the European Union.

With all my teaching I try to ensure students can see why the subject matters, both in the real world and in terms of developing analytical skills. In seminar work I seek to use student presentations and group work as methods to promote inquiry-based learning and the acquisition of transferable skills that can be of benefit beyond the university context. My teaching is informed by my research. I am also committed to writing accessible student textbooks relating to EU politics, such as Politics in the European Union, 4th edition 2015, co-authored with current and former members of the Department.

PhD Supervision

I have supervised numerous PhD students to completion on an array of topics relating to the EU. Topics have included:

  • Europeanisation of interest groups in Malta and Ireland
  • Fundamental Rights in the EU
  • Europeanisation of Turkish foreign policy
  • Corporate governance in the European Union
  • The EU, citizenship and disability policy.
  • Identity formation in the European Union – the case of Poland (2 students).
  • Common macroeconomic stabilisation policy in the Euro-Zone after EMU: a case of path-dependency?
  • Agricultural policy reform in the EU.
  • The path to a European Union sports policy.
  • Institutions, culture and (dis)integration: a comparison of the European Union and post-Soviet experiences.
  • The United Kingdom, sovereignty and the politics of European integration.
  • A comparative analysis of supranational and national SME-related policies in the European Community.
  • The EU and British central government: the impact of the Maastricht Treaty and of the Blair government.

I am currently supervising Dimitrios Argyroulis on economic governance in the Eurozone.


Main areas of research

  • Germany and the EU, including during the EU crisis
  • Europeanisation
  • Critical integration theory
  • Economic governance in the EU
  • Domestic politics and EU governance
  • The politics of Brexit

Key Projects

I have been principal or co-investigator on six ESRC-funded research projects on: the single European market; Germany and the EU; the impact of the EU on Whitehall; devolution and European policy-making in the UK (two awards) and policy transfer in the EU. I have also held research awards from the EU’s Jean Monnet scheme, the Spanish Ministry of Education, the German Academic Exchange Council, the European Commission and the Ford Foundation.


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Key Publications

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

While at Sheffield I have given invited lectures, departmental seminars or keynotes at Boğaziçi University, the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration, IBEI in Barcelona, the Free University of Berlin, Charles University Prague, the European University Institute, King’s College London and the universities of Bristol, Toronto, Osnabrück, Warsaw, Iceland, Sussex, Malta, Manchester, Birmingham, Aston, Würzburg, Bath, Hull, Newcastle, East Anglia, Grenoble, Heidelberg, Trier, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and Sichuan University in China.

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