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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 interest 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. 

Teaching Summary

I currently teach or/and contribute to

Politics of Transition and Integration in Central 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);
Democratization (BA).

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