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October 2016

New Manchester Politics Lecturer wins thesis prize

(13 October 2016)

Paul Tobin, a new Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social Sciences, has won a prestigious prize for his PhD thesis on the politics of climate change. 

The University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) thesis prize is awarded annually to a scholar whose PhD makes an original and promising contribution to research in the area of contemporary European Studies. Paul’s thesis was described as ‘outstanding’ and ‘a pleasure to read’. 

Paul’s thesis sought to explain why some developed states are more ambitious than others regarding their climate change policies. In particular, he sought to explain why Germany and Sweden were climate change leaders in the late 2000s, while neighbours Austria and Finland lagged behind. 

Paul completed his thesis in the Politics Department at the University of York. Since submitting his thesis, he has spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher funded by the Leverhulme Trust.