Dr Christopher Huggins

Title: Teaching Fellow in European Politics
Phone: +44 (0) 1782 733511
Email: c.i.huggins@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBA 1.022
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Chris Huggins

I joined Keele in January 2013 as a Teaching Fellow in European Politics. I was awarded an MA in European Studies from the University of Portsmouth in 2008 and obtained my PhD from the University of Portsmouth in 2015.

My teaching duties at Keele focus mainly on the European Union and Comparative Politics, while my research interests centre around the role of sub-national authorities in European Union politics.

My research focuses on the Europeanization of sub-national government and how local authorities actively engage with the European Union, often bypassing their national governments. As part of this I have studied participation in transnational networking undertaken by local authorities in centralized and unitary states, assessing its extent, the motivations held by those participating and how effectively they engage. I am now seeking to broaden these conclusions and conduct a comparative analysis with the activities of sub-national government in decentralized and federal states. Following the UK's vote to leave the EU, I am also focused on how English local government will be affected by Brexit, and what this means for future EU engagement by local authorities.

Selected Publications

  • Huggins CI. 2017. Subnational transnational networking and the continuing process of local level Europeanization. European Urban and Regional Studies. doi> link>
  • Huggins C. 2015. Local Government Transnational Networking in Europe: A Study of 14 Local Authorities in England and France.
  • Huggins C. 2014. Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Development of European Structural and Investment Fund Strategies in England. European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, vol. 2(2), 183-189.
  • Huggins C. 2014. Arranging and Conducting Elite Interviews: Practical Considerations. doi>
  • Huggins C. 2013. Motivations behind local government transnational networking. Regional Insights, 9-11. doi>

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Journal Articles

  • Huggins CI. 2017. Subnational transnational networking and the continuing process of local level Europeanization. European Urban and Regional Studies. doi> link>
  • Huggins C. 2014. Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Development of European Structural and Investment Fund Strategies in England. European Structural and Investment Funds Journal, vol. 2(2), 183-189.
  • Huggins C. 2013. Motivations behind local government transnational networking. Regional Insights, 9-11. doi>

Chapters

  • Huggins CI. Building Cross-border Co-operation in the Channel / La Manche Region: Successes and Failures. In Castle-talks on Cross-Border Cooperation. Fear of Integration? The Pertinence of the Border. Wassenberg B (Ed.). Stuttgart: Steiner-Verlag.

Other

  • Huggins C. 2015. Local Government Transnational Networking in Europe: A Study of 14 Local Authorities in England and France.
  • Huggins C. 2014. Arranging and Conducting Elite Interviews: Practical Considerations. doi>
Module coordinator for:
  • The Politics of the European Union (Year 2)
  • Comparative Political Analysis (Year 2)
  • Comparative European Politics (MA)
Contribute to teaching on:
  • Modern Democracies (Year 1)
  • Political Research in Practice (Year 2)
  • Approaches to European Integration: History and Practice (MA)