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An IRCHSS Research Fellow for the duration of both my MA and PhD (1999-2001; 2002-2005), I conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Political Science, Trinity College Dublin. A DIT Teaching Fellow, I lecturer in politics and am a founding director of the DIT Research Centre for Business, Society & Sustainability.

I have published extensively in international political science journals on comparative public policy,. I have written and edited a number of books on global lobbying regulations, Irish politics and society, and research methodology.

I am a reviewer for some of the leading political science journals in the world and am a panel convener, chair,discussant and participant at the APSA, MPSA and PSA and ECPR conferences.

This summer I am serving as co-convener of the BISA postgraduate conference to the held in the Dublin Instituite of Technology.

I have consulted with and advised the Irish, Czech and UK governments on issues surrounding lobbying policy, its regulation and matters to do with transparency and accountability.

My current research projects include examining how discursive institutionalism can help with our understanding of policy development and change, the role of political entrepreneurs in policy development and change, understanding policy change in dictatorships, and developing improved policy measures for political transparency.

I welcome inquiries from potential research students (research masters or Ph.D) particularly in the areas of policy studies more generally and lobbying regulation policy in particular.