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’s research has been published in journals including Global Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Change, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, The 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.
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 and multi-actor 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 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.
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.