Dr Paul Tobin

Lecturer in Politics

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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: for example, in the environmental field he has published in journals such as Global Environmental Politics and Global Environmental Change; in the European field, his work features in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies and The Journal of European Public Policy. Paul has recently co-edited a book with Charlotte Burns (Sheffield) and Sebastian Sewerin (ETH Zurich) on the economic crisis and European environmental policy, which was published by Oxford University Press at the end of 2018.

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. Also, his co-authored article with Nicole Schmidt, Jale Tosun and Charlotte Burns, ‘Mapping states’ Paris climate pledges: Analysing targets and groups at COP 21’ was given a special commendation for the 'INOGOV Best Paper Prize 2018'. 

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 at the Institute for European Studies at 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 Prof. Charlotte Burns.

His PhD, also at the University of York and supervised by Prof. Neil Carter and Dr. Sofia Vasilopoulou, 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.

External positions

Honorary Secretary, Political Studies Association

24 Jun 2016 → …

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

Jun 2015 → …

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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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