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Dr Martin Steven

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Martin Steven

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 5 92864

Office Hours:

Monday 2.00

Thursday 12.00 


Research overview

My research interests lie in the area of European Union politics - especially political parties, elections and the European Parliament. I have published in journals such as 'Representation', 'The Political Quarterly', and the 'Australian Journal of Political Science', as well as single authored monographs for Routledge and Manchester University Press.

I am the Academic Co-ordinator of 'Jean Monnet at Lancaster' (www.lancaster.ac.uk/eustudies), a European Commission funded project (€44,335.50) designed to promote and explain the work of the European Union through coordinating research seminars, lectures and policy workshops. 

I am also an associated researcher at the Institute for European Studies, Universite libre de Bruxelles  (ULB): https://www.iee-ulb.eu/en/.

My recent focus has been the European Conservatives and Reformists parliamentary group and their 'Euro-realist' political activities - I have newly finished writing a new book on ECR to be published by Manchester University Press in 2020.       


I am presently working on three research projects related to the activities of the European Parliament:


  1. A journal article looking at how the activities of the European Conservatives and Reformists have been affected by the departure of the British Conservatives and new leadership of Law and Justice from Poland (with Professor Aleks Szczerbiak, Sussex)
  2.  An international research project examining the role of social, moral and religious issues in the activities of Members of the European Parliament, MEPs (with Professor François Foret, ULB Bruxelles)
  3. A longer term project examining the way the law making role of the European Parliament has been affected by the rise in representation of populist and nationalist MEPs (research project at Birkbeck Law School, University of London).

See also the actvities of the new European Parliament Academic Research Network









PhD supervision

European Union politics; Political parties and elections; European Parliament

Research overview

Programme Director for Politics

Current Teaching

PPR.286 European Union Politics

PPR.339 Elections, Voters and Political Parties in Europe

PPR.417 European Union Politics

Career Details

I studied Politics and International Relations at Glasgow University (graduating with first class honours). Prior to being appointed at Lancaster, I worked for an Edinburgh / London based electoral research NGO. During my postdoctoral studies, I spent a semester at McGill University in Canada as a visiting scholar. In 2008, I won the Political Studies Association prize for the best article published in the journal, Politics.


PhD, Politics - University of Glasgow

(awarded University Anniversary Scholarship,

Supervisor - Professor William L Miller FBA)


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