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Dr Sean Hanley
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  • Senior Lecturer

I studied Russian and French at the University of Leeds and worked in Russia and the Czech Republic before returning to the UK to complete a Masters in Social Science and a  PhD at the University of Birmingham. I joined UCL-SSEES in 2003 having previously worked as Lecturer in Politics at Brunel University, West London. 

Research Summary

I am a political scientist specialising in the politics of Central and Eastern Europe. My research focuses primarily on issues relating to political parties and democracy in the region

My research interests include: the formation and disintegration of parties; the comparative politics of the centre-right in Central and Eastern Europe; and the emergence of new anti-establishment parties across Europe. I have also published work on the political representation of older people in Eastern Europe. I have a longstanding in-depth interest in the politics of the Czech Republic. 

I would welcome PhD and MRes proposals related to the following themes:

* new parties in Europe (especially anti-establishment parties and movements)

* democracy and political parties

* backsliding and hollowing out of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe;

* anti-politics, depoliticisation, alternatives to party government

* mixed methods in comparative research

* local and sub-national comparisons

* application of ethnographic methods to political parties.

Teaching Summary

I currently teach or/and contribute to

Governance and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (MA);
Comparative Analysis in Political and Social Research (MA)
Theories of Social and Political Research (MA);
Advanced Qualitative Methods (MA);
Politics and Society in Central and Eastern Europe (BA);
Democracy and Democratization (BA).

Comparative Politics (BA)

01-SEP-1999 – 31-AUG-2003 Lecturer in Politics Department of Government Brunel University, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2000 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Russian and French Literature University of Birmingham
1995 MSci Master of Natural Science – Russian and East European studies University of Birmingham
1992 BA Bachelor of Arts – Russian and French Literature University of Leeds
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