University of Reading

Reading, UK

Partner 16 (UoR)

The University of Reading is one of the top 20 most research-intensive universities in the UK, a major contributor to the knowledge economy, and internationally recognised for the excellence of its teaching on a broad range Arts, Humanities and Sciences programmes. The University offers taught degree programmes in more than 60 subjects, and in excess of 250 part-time adult education (public) courses. The School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading has long established expertise in the normative and empirical study of democracy, legitimacy and the European Union. The School has a particular strength in methods training, as well as access to further courses provided by the University.

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Prof. Christopher Lord

Christopher Lord is the leader of WP 3 – Representation and Institutional Make-up. He was Professor of Politics and International Relations at the UoR from 2004 to 2008. From October 2008 he took up a position as Professor at ARENA – Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo. Although formally not affiliated with the UoR, Prof. Lord continues as part of the University’s team in the RECON project.

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RECON participation: WP 1 and WP 3 (leader)


Dr. Philip Giddings

Philp Giddings is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Head of the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading. He has edited and contributed to a number of books, including Westminster and Europe; Britain in the European Union: Law, Policy and Parliament; Parliamentary Accountability; and The Ombudsman, the citizen and Parliament. He is member of the Study of Parliament Group of the UK and his research interests include the role of national parliaments, especially in the UK, the European Parliament, the Ombudsman institution and church-state relations.

RECON participation: WP 3

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Dr. Dionysia Tamvaki

Dionysia Tamvaki is Research Assistant at the University of Reading, School of Politics and International Relations. She is post.doc. researcher and completed her PhD on EU enlargement and the legitimacy dilemmas it generates at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. She received a Master of Arts in European integration with distinction from the University of Essex and a Master of Research in Social and Political Sciences from the EUI. Dr. Tamvaki has also held positions in the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission and the Greek Ministry of Economy and Finance, where she acted as a consultant on EU Structural Funds. Her research interests lie mainly in the field of European integration, and she has published on the topics of legitimacy, public opinion, and enlargement politics at the European level.

RECON participation: WP 3

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