I am the Deputy Head of Politics and International Relations at the University of Glasgow. In my research I focus on three main areas.
First, a lot of my work examines the (re)emergence of energy as a security issue. I approach energy security as an essentially meaningless term, that nonetheless becomes a repository of a whole manner of different political ideals and policy proposals, and shapes collective action around within the energy sector and wider society. My research in this area has primarily been on the long-running attempts to ‘securitise’ gas supplies in the European Union based on a liberal market and risk management based approach to ensuring the availability of adequate supplies.
Second, I’ve extended this interest in energy security to Brexit. I am currently working on a Carnegie Trust funded project with Dr John Connolly examining whether and how the institutional and operational arrangements for preventing and managing crises will need to be adapted when the UK leaves the EU. My contribution to the project is to examine the arrangements for managing gas supply disruptions as well as the future UK-EU relationship in this area.
Third, I have an overarching interest in the dynamics of EU policymaking. Most of my research in this area has focused on examining the links between interest group preferences and the different stages of the policy process - formation, decision, transposition and compliance.