Dr Paul Tobin is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester. He researches European, environmental, and comparative politics. Paul has published his research in some of the leading journals in these fields, such as Global Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Change, and JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. Paul is currently co-editing a book with Charlotte Burns (Sheffield) and Sebastian Sewerin (ETH Zurich) on economic crisis and European environmental policy, which is under contract with Oxford University Press.
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 granted up to 2,000EUR to make it permanently Gold Open Access. Also, his article ‘Mapping states’ Paris climate pledges: Analysing targets and groups at COP 21’ was given a special commendation for the 'INOGOV Best Paper Prize 2018'. Both prizes were presented at the Norwegian Embassy in Brussels in the closing meeting of the INOGOV COST Action.
Paul believes in a close link between research and teaching. In 2017, he was named both 'The Best Humanities Lecturer' and 'The Most Inspiring Lecturer' at Manchester by the University of Manchester Students' Union.
Outside his role at Manchester, Paul is the Honorary Secretary of the Political Studies Association, where he leads on supporting and expanding the membership of the Association.
Paul has been a Visiting Research Fellow at Heidelberg University, Germany, Lund University, Sweden and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Prior to starting his Lectureship, 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 Dr Charlotte Burns.
His PhD, also at the University of York, explained the factors that influence climate policy variation in developed states and won the UACES Best PhD Prize. He completed his MA at the University of Leeds (with Distinction), and his BA at the University of Sheffield (with First Class Honours).
Previously, Paul has been 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.