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John Loughlin

Honorary Professor

School of Law and Politics


Professor John Loughlin was Professor of European Politics in the  School until 2010 and is currently a Fellow and Tutor at St Edmund’s College,Cambridge. He is also an adjunct professor of peace and conflict studies at the University of Umeå, Sweden. His areas of expertise are territorial governance – federalism, regionalism, local government and he has recently begun to carry out research on Religion and Politics.


Career profile

Professor Loughlin has a strong European background having read for his PhD at the European University Institute, Florence which he defended in 1987. He was Senior Lecturer in Public Administration at the University of Ulster (1985-1991), Associate Professor in Public Administration Rotterdam (1991-1995). From 1995 he has held the Chair of Politics at Cardiff University. He also held a Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Economy (1996-2001).

Honours and awards

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (elected in January 2008)
  • Distinguished Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK) (elected February 2008)
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (elected in 2007)
  • Academic Fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences, (Jan-June 2005)

Memberships / External activities

He is currently the European Studies Centre Visiting Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford (2005-7) and Visiting Professor at the Free University Brussels and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence. He has held visiting positions in the following universities and research institutions: Fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts & Sciences (2005); Visiting Professor, University of Umeå, Sweden; Visiting Fellow, Merton College, Oxford (2004); Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, Florence (2001-2); Visiting Professor, Sciences Po, Paris (1999-2001); Visiting Professor, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Bordeaux (1998); Visiting Professor, European University Institute, Florence (1994).

He is coordinator of the Advisory Group on Effective Decentralization, UN-HABITAT; a member of the Committee of Independent Experts on Regional and Local Democracy, Council of Europe (1999-present, Vice-President 2000-2003); chair of Committee of Experts on Regional and Local Democracy in the EU, Committee of the Regions (1997-8).

He directs an on-going research programme on ‘International Lessons in Regional and Local Governance’ for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and has produced several reports, including the international research for the Government’s Balance of Funding Review (2003) and for the Lyons Review into Local Government Finance (2005).  This work has been explicitly cited by the reports issued from these reviews and by House of Commons Select Committees. His work has also been cited in reports for the Scottish Parliament.

He is founder and was coordinator of the Standing Group on Regionalism of the European Consortium of Political Research until 2006.

He has been external examiner of PhD theses in the UK, Ireland, France, Sweden, Spain, Italy and Belgium. He was a member of the Committee of the Regions Selection Committee for the best PhD on regional and local issues (1997-9). He is or has been external examiner of post-graduate degrees in the following universities: Aberdeen, Bristol, Kent at Canterbury, Ulster.


He has given keynote speeches and presented many papers at conferences in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK, and the USA.