My initial academic training is in Economics (BSc, 2006), Development Economics (MSc with Distinction, SOAS, 2009) and European Political Economy (MSc with Distinction, LSE, 2007).
I then completed my PhD in European Political Economy at the European Institute in LSE where I was a recipient of the LSE PhD Scholarship in recognition for outstanding academic merit and research potential. In 2013, my thesis was awarded the ESPAnet/JESP doctoral researcher’s prize.
As a teaching assistant at LSE, I was awarded a Class Teacher Prize. While at LSE, I also worked as a research consultant on projects financed by the European Commission. Prior to joining the University of Reading, I worked as a Research Officer in the Government department at the LSE.
I was then appointed as a permanent Lecturer in Politics before submitting my PhD in July 2013 and started the Lectureship in September 2013. In 2014, I was nominated for a Celebrating Success Award for fostering cross-school interaction between the politics and economics departments (I received a second award in 2017 for managing the redevelopment of our departmental website).
In 2015, I was runner-up for the best Research Output Competition awarded by the University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund. I was awarded the best paper prize by the European Politics section of the American Political Science Association in 2016. In 2017, I was promoted to Associate Professor in Polittical Economy and in 2018 I was awarded the University of Reading Prosperity and Resilience Output Prize for my article “Grey Power and the Economy: Ageing and Inflation Across Developed Economies”, published in Comparative Political Studies. In September 2018 I joined the University of Oxford as Associate Professor of Comparative Social Policy and in September 2019, I became Course Director of our MSc in Comparative Social Policy.
Since joining the University of Oxford, I was awarded a John Fell OUP Research Fund to carry out research on the political impact of ageing. In the summer of 2019, I was invited to give talks at the plenary sessions of ESPANET Italy and of the International Public Policy Association.
I am currently standing group convenor for Political Economy and Welfare State at the European Consortium of Political Research. I also serve on the Editorial board of the Springer Series in Electoral Politics, and on the Best article prize committee for European Politics at the American Political Science Assocation.