Dr. Paul Tobin is a Lecturer 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 Politics, Global Environmental Change, JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, The Journal of European Public Policy, and Policy & Politics. Paul has recently co-edited a book with Charlotte Burns (Sheffield) and Sebastian Sewerin (ETH Zurich) entitled The Impact of the Economic Crisis on European Environmental Policy, which was published by Oxford University Press.
Paul is passionate about European climate change 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.
From 1st January 2020, Paul will be leading a three-year ESRC New Investigator project entitled 'Polycentric pioneers? Explaining variations in governance models and their impacts on local climate change policy'. The project will involve multi-level analysis of climate policy in Germany, Sweden and the UK.
Paul believes in a close link between research and teaching. He has won five teaching prizes to date, including 'The Best Humanities Lecturer' and 'The Most Inspiring Lecturer' at Manchester, awarded by the University of Manchester Students' Union.
Currently, Paul is the Convenor of the Comparative Public Policy and Institutions research cluster at Manchester, and is the Deputy Director of the Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. 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 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, 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).