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Simon Green is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at Aston University. He is responsible for the University’s strategy around impactful, collaborative, excellent and sustainable research, and is also leading preparations for the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). He also serves on the Executive Management Group of Midlands Innovation, which brings together Aston, Birmingham, Cranfield, Keele, Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham and Warwick Universities. 

He was educated at the Universities of Manchester, Heidelberg and Birmingham and has held academic appointments at the Universities of Portsmouth (1997-2000) and Birmingham (2000-8), where he was also Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. He joined Aston as Professor of Politics in 2008 and subsequently served as Head of Politics and International Relations (2009-11), Deputy Dean (2011-13) and Executive Dean (2013-18) of the School of Languages and Social Sciences.

His research interests lie in European politics, especially in comparative immigration, integration and citizenship policy, as well as in German political structures and party politics. His recent research projects have included the changing nature of Christian Democracy in Germany and comparing migration policies in the UK and Germany. He is the co-author (together with Dan Hough and Alister Miskimmon) of The Politics of the New Germany (Routledge, third edition 2019).

Professor Green served as a member of the Area Studies Sub-Panel for REF 2014 and will do so again for REF 2021. From 2009-11, he was Chair of the International Association for the Study of German Politics (IASGP) and in 2011, he was elected as Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences. Alongside his academic activities, Professor Green is actively engaged in British-German relations.

Research Interests

  • Immigration and Citizenship policy in Europe 
  • German politics 
  • European politics


  • BA (University of Manchester)
  • PhD (University of Birmingham)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Administrative Roles

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Founding Director, Aston Centre for Europe

Contact Details

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Research Output

Negotiating as One Europe or several? The variable geometry of the EU’s approach to Brexit

Turner, E. O., Glencross, A., Bilcik, V. & Green, S. O., 3 Apr 2019, In : Contemporary Social Science. 14, 2, p. 226-241 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • The Politics of the New Germany

    Green, S. O., Hough, D. & Miskimmon, A., 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book

    Introduction: the changing politics and policies of migration in Germany

    Hess, C. & Green, S., 8 Jun 2016, In : German Politics. 25, 3, p. 315-328

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

  • Behind the rise of Germany’s anti-Islamic street movement

    Green, S., 2015

    Research output: Other contributionBlog Post

    Open Access

    Understanding the transformation of Germany's CDU

    Green, S. (ed.) & Turner, E. (ed.), 2015, Routledge. 228 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book

  • Prizes

    Academician of the Social Sciences (AcSS)

    Green, Simon (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Election to learned society


    • 4 Publication peer-review
    • 3 Invited talk
    • 2 Membership of network
    • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee


    Simon Green (Speaker)

    24 Feb 2014

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Simon Green (Speaker)

    8 Jan 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


    Simon Green (Speaker)

    6 Jan 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Member of Sub-panel 27 (Area Studies) for 2014 Research Excellence Framework

    Simon Green (Member)

    1 Feb 201131 Dec 2014

    Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

    International Association for the Study of German Politics (External organisation)

    Simon Green (Member)

    1 Jan 200931 Dec 2011

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Press / Media