• Aston University, Aston Street, Main Building

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    I am interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas:
    Multi-level politics and public policy, with particular focus on sub-national – regional and local – levels
    Regionalist and Sub-state Nationalist Parties
    Urban-Rural or City-Province divides
    Political instability at the national, regional, local levels
    Comparative Populism
    Party Organisations
    Social Democracy
    Prospective research students who would like to work on the areas listed above are welcome to email me.

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    Personal profile

    Contact Details

    Email: d.vampa@aston.ac.uk

    Phone: 0121 204 4156


    Davide Vampa is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Director of postgraduate taught programmes in the PIR department. Previously he was a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at De Montfort University in Leicester and Assistant Professor in Methods at The University of Nottingham. He completed his doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence. He acted as co-convenor of the PSA Italian Politics Specialist Group between 2018 and 2021. 

    Research Interests

    Davide's research focuses on multi-level party politics and public policy. In particular, he is interested in the politics of welfare in countries such as Italy, Spain, and the UK, which have witnessed the gradual strengthening of regions and devolved administrations as arenas of social policy-making.

    He has also conducted extensive research and published widely on recent transformations in democratic representation (at local, regional, and national levels), the rise of populism, and the crisis of social democracy. He is actively engaged in a wide range of activities involving knowledge exchange and public participation.

    Davide has received grants to pursue research in various areas, including the impact of Brexit on devolution, austerity measures in Italian and Spanish regions, and the crisis of European social democracy. He serves as the principal investigator (alongside Dr Ed Turner) of a DAAD-funded project on the crisis and recovery of the German Social Democratic Party. Moreover, he is a member of the research team for another DAAD-funded project examining "Shifting territorial politics after the pandemic in Germany and beyond".

    Teaching Activity

    Undergraduate Modules

    LP2104 Introduction to Political Economy

    LP2105 International Political Economy

    LP3122 The Populist Radical Right in Europe


    Postgraduate Modules

    LPM111 International Political Economy

    LPM114 Concepts and Strategies for Social Data Analysis

    LPM052 Postgraduate Dissertation

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Politics, European University Institute

    MA, European Studies, King's College London

    MPhil, European Politics and Society, University of Oxford

    BA, History


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