Dr Paul Tobin

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Politics

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Dr. Paul Tobin is a Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Manchester, specialising in European, environmental, and comparative politics, and public policy.

Paul has published research in some of the leading journals in these fields, such as Global Environmental PoliticsGlobal Environmental ChangeJCMS: Journal of Common Market StudiesThe Journal of European Public Policy, and Policy & Politics. Paul has co-edited two books; the first entitled The Impact of the Economic Crisis on European Environmental Policy, and the second, Climate Governance Across the Globe: Pioneers, Leaders and Followers.

Paul is passionate about European environmental policy. In 2021, his co-authored article with Prof. Charlotte Burns and Dr. Peter Eckersley was named 'Best Paper 2020' by the Journal of European Public Policy. In 2018, Paul's article ‘Leaders and Laggards: Climate Policy in Developed States’ was named ‘Best Paper in the INOGOV Action 2014-2018', and was made permanently Gold Open Access. Previously, his PhD thesis, which sought to explain variation in climate policy ambition, won the UACES Best PhD Prize.

Since 1st January 2020, Paul has been leading an ESRC New Investigator project entitled 'Polycentric pioneers? Explaining variations in governance models and their impacts on local climate change policy'. The project involves multi-level analysis of climate policy in Western Europe.

Paul believes in a close link between research and teaching. He is a Senior Fellow of the HEA/Advance HE, and has won six teaching prizes, including 'The Best Humanities Lecturer' and 'The Most Inspiring Lecturer' at Manchester, awarded by the University of Manchester Students' Union.

Currently, Paul is the Deputy Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and a Series Co-Editor of Manchester University's Press European Politics Series. Outside Manchester, Paul has been the Honorary Secretary of the Political Studies Association, as well as a member of its Senior Leadership Team and Executive Committee. Previously, Paul was a Co-Convenor of PSA Environment, one of the UK’s representatives on the Management Committee of INOGOV, and the Chair of the BISA Postgraduate Network.

Paul has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Heidelberg University, Germany, Lund University, Sweden and at the Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Prior to starting at Manchester, Paul was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of York, where he researched the impact of austerity on European environmental policy. The project was funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and led by Prof. Charlotte Burns.

His PhD, also at the University of York, was supervised by Prof. Neil Carter and Dr. Sofia Vasilopoulou. Paul completed his MA at the University of Leeds (with Distinction), and his BA at the University of Sheffield (with First Class Honours).

External positions

Honorary Secretary, Political Studies Association

Jun 2016Jun 2019

UK Representative and ECIN Board Member, INOGOV: Innovations in Climate Governance (COST Action)

Jun 2015Jun 2018

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Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - Doctor of Philosophy, Awarded UACES PhD Prize: "Explaining Climate Policy Variation in Developed States", University of York
  • 2011 - Master of Arts, Distinction: "International Relations: Conflict, Development and Security"
  • 2009 - Bachelor of Arts, First Class Honours: "International Relations and Politics"

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