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Danny joined the department as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in September 2016. Before coming to Aston he was a Lecturer and Research Fellow in Politics at the University of Manchester. He has also held research positions at the University of Sheffield and has been a Visiting Fellow at Boston University.


Research Interests

Danny’s research explores theories of the state, nationalism and identity, the politics of sport, representation and governance, and higher education policy and reform. His book on The Politics of UK Regulation: Between Tradition, Contingency and Crisis was published by Palgrave in 2016.


Administrative Roles

Programme Director of Aston Social Science Foundation Year


Teaching Activity

  • LSS0WP The World of Modern Politics (Foundation in Social Science)
  • LP1029 Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics
  • LP3124 Sport and Politics
  • LPM048 Philosophy of Social Science Research



  • PG Diploma in Higher Education, Aston University (2019)
  • PG Certificate in Higher Education, Aston University (2017)
  • PGCE in Citizenship and Social Science, Sheffield Hallam University (2011)
  • PhD in Politics, University of Sheffield (2011)
  • MA in Research Methods in Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield (2007), with Distinction
  • BA in Politics, University of Liverpool (2004) First Class Hons.


External Connections and Partnerships

Danny is a co-founder of the Football Collective and co-convenor of the Political Studies Association Sport and Politics specialist group.


PhD Supervision

Danny is keen to supervise PhD students interested in the theory and practice of regulation, the politics of sport, representation and democracy, and British politics. 


Contact Details

Email: d.fitzpatrick3@aston.ac.uk

Phone: 0121 204 5266

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Research Output

The civil service’s gender diversity agenda under the coalition: where have the critical feminist actors gone?

Fitzpatrick, D. & Richards, D., 1 Jun 2019, In : British Politics. 14, 2, p. 198-222 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Contemporary Issues in the Management of Grassroots Football

    O'Gorman, J., Fitzpatrick, D., Sibley, J., Hindmarsh, M., Saskova, Z. & Parnell, D., 19 Nov 2018, Routledge Handbook of Football Business and Management. Chadwick, S., Parnell, D., Widdop, P. & Anagnostopoulos, C. (eds.). Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Energy, water and food: towards a critical nexus approach

    Leck, H., Fitzpatrick, D. & Burchell, K., 29 Dec 2017, Handbook on the Geographies of Energy. Solomon, B. D. & Calvert, K. E. (eds.). Edward Elgar, p. 411-424 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • The politics of regulation in the UK: between tradition, contingency and crisis

    Fitzpatrick, D., Oct 2016, Palgrave Macmillan. 232 p. (Understanding Governance)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook