• 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
    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 is co-convenor of the PSA Italian Politics Specialist Group. 

    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, that have witnessed the gradual strengthening of regions and devolved administrations as arenas of social policy making. Currently he is working on a project that studies the adjustments of regional governments to austerity and their response to the fiscal constraint imposed by central governments in the aftermath of the Great Recession (with Dr Simon Toubeau, University of Nottingham).

    Davide is also co-investigator (with Dr Ed Turner) of a DAAD-funded project on the crisis of the German Social Democratic Party. Additionally, he has worked and published on the rise of populist parties in Western Europe.

    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

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, European University Institute

    MA, King's College London

    MPhil, University of Oxford



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