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Staff Profile

Dr Christopher Kirkland

Lecturer: Politics

I joined the department in August 2018 having previously worked at the University of Leicester, the University of Liverpool and the University of Sheffield. I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2015.


I have taught on a number of courses at different institutions, covering British politics, comparative politics and political economy. This year I am convening the following modules; 1PT005 Comparative Politics (semester 1), 2PT008 Democracies (semester 1) 1PT002 UK Politics: Tradition and Change (semester 2) and 2PT006 Political Parties and Politicians in the UK. I will also be teaching on the module 2PT010 The European Union.


My research has two central focuses. The first centres upon on elections and voters. I have published work exploring the issue of legitimacy in low turnout ballots and am currently preparing a monograph exploring a new classification of elections (due to be published in 2019). The second strand of my research focuses on political economy within a British context. I have published a monograph exploring the notion of crisis, comparing the trade union crisis of the 1970s and 1980s and the banking crisis of 2007.



Kirkland, C. (forthcoming) Labour Party Ideology Since 1906: Developed Through Crises Bristol University Press Bristol. Expected Publication 2022

Kirkland, C. (forthcoming) Classifying Elections in Britain. Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke. Expected publication 2019

Kirkland, C. 2017A Tale of Two Crises: The Trade Unions Crisis of 1976-9 and the Banking Sector Crisis of 2007/8. Palgrave Macmillan Basingstoke.


Journal Articles

Kirkland, C. and Wood, M. 2017 Legitimacy and Legitimization in Low Turnout Ballots Government and Opposition 52 (3) 511-531 

Kirkland, C. 2015 PCC Elections as a Failed Experiment: What Lessons can be Learned? The Political Quarterly 86 (3) 403-410

Kirkland, C. 2015 Thatcherism and the Financial Crisis, British Politics 10 (4) 514-535

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