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Jonathan Kirkup

Dr Jonathan Kirkup

Senior Lecturer in Politics

School of Law and Politics

+44 29208 75036
Law Building, Room 2.38, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Available for postgraduate supervision


I joined the staff at Cardiff University in 2013 having previously worked in the private sector.

My teaching and research interests include British politics, specifically aspects of political leadership, and the politics of Northern Ireland. I also teach and research in the fields of public policy and comparative politics

Current projects include a Political Studies Association funded study of the roles of Northern Ireland based MPs in Westminster and TDs in Dáil Éireann, working with Dr. Thomas Leahy (Cardiff University) and Dr. Kevin Fahey (University of Nottingham)

I have published on a wide range of topics most recently on the role of the deputy prime minister in British politics.

I am the convenor of the Political Studies Association Liberals and Liberalism Specialist Group. As part of this role I have received grant funding to organise workshops and conferences on Liberal thinking, party politics and policy.

Administrative roles:

  • Director of Undergraduate Learning and Teaching (from January 2024)














My research and teaching interests focus on British and Irish politics and public policy.

I am particularly interested in intra-party dynamics in government and opposition and how these impact policy formation, development and implementation. I have published on coalition forming and government formation, notably examining confidence and supply agreements. Currently my research focus is on the core executive and the role and responsibilities of the deputy prime minister (see publications).

I also research and teach on Northern Irish politics and am currently part of a PSA funded project looking at the roles of Northern Ireland MPs in Westminster and TDs in Dáil Éireann.

Conference Participation

I was co-convenor of the Political Studies Association International Conference held at Cardiff in 2016.

I regularly participate in the following conferences:

  • Political Studies Association Annual Conference
  • Irish Political Studies Annual Conference
  • Elections, Parties and Opinion Polling (EPOP_
  • Policy and Politics Annual Conference

Reviewer Activities

I have reviewed papers for a variety of academic journals including Political Studies and the International Journal Political Studies and Oxford University Press.


Undergraduate teaching

  • British Politics since 1945  Module convenor
  • Governance in Modern Britain Module convenor
  • Sex, Drugs and Public policy
  • Academic Study Skills - Programme convenor

Postgraduate teaching

  • European Political Economy Module convenor
  • Politics in and about Northern Ireland since 1998

Postgraduate and undergraduate dissertation supervision


  • PhD in Politics (2013) Cardiff University
  • M.A. in Irish Political History (1999) Queen's University, Belfast
  • B.A. (Hons) in Politics and Modern History (1997) Aberystwyth University


I am currently second supervior on an EHRC funded PhD

I also supervise students researching on EU politics; British foreign policy since 1945 and Social change in Northern Ireland since the 1960s.

I welcome PhD applications on British politics, coalition forming and third party politics and Northern Ireland politics

Current supervision

Joshua Larcombe

Joshua Larcombe

Graduate Tutor