WILSON Alex, PhD

  • Position :
  • Associate Research Fellow

  • Department :
  • International Affairs
  • Phone :
  • +32 (0)2 614 81 70
  • E-mail :
  • alex.wilson@vub.ac.be
  • Nationality :
  • British, Italian
  • Languages :
  • English, Italian, French, Spanish
  • Education :
  • PhD in Political and Social Sciences - European University Institute (2009)

     

    Master’s in European Political and Administrative Studies - College of Europe, Bruges (2003)

     

    Bachelor’s in Modern History - Lincoln College, University of Oxford (2002)

  • Teaching :
  • Vesalius College: 2013 – 2015

    • International Political Economy
    • Political Institutions of European Countries
    • Research and Presentation Skills
  • Research area(s) :
    • Federalism and Regionalism
    • Political Parties, Political Elites and Interest Groups
    • Italian, Spanish and British Politics
  • Research Project(s) :
  • Co-editing a volume on Italian Politics for an established research project/series run by the Istituto Cattaneo in Bologna.  The volume will be published in Italian (Bologna: Il Mulino) and English (Oxford: Berghahn) over the course of 2017.

     

    Since 2015 I have been carrying out applied research on EU energy policy, international energy relations and global energy governance at the European Parliament’s newly created Members Research Service. Analytical products resulting from this ongoing research are published on EP think tank.

  • Selected Publications :
  • ‘Solving the problem of social background in the UK political class: do parties do things differently in Westminster, devolved, and European elections?’ (with Paul Cairney and Michael Keating), British Politics, 11: 2, pp. 142-163, 2016.

     

    ‘The Direct Election of Regional Presidents and Party Change in Italy’, Modern Italy, 19: 2, pp. 185-198, 2015.

     

    ‘Regions with Regionalism? The Rescaling of Interest Groups in Six European States’ (with Michael Keating), European Journal of Political Research, 53:4, 840-57, 2014.

     

    ‘The Multi-level Dynamics of State Decentralisation in Italy’ (with Francesco Palermo), Comparative European Politics, 12: 4-5, pp. 510-530, 2014.

     

    ‘Rescaling of Interest Groups in Modern Italy’ Territory, Politics, Governance, 2: 3, pp. 249-269, 2014.

     

    ‘New Parties in Government: Party Organization and the Costs of Public Office’ (with Nicole Bolleyer and Joost van Spanje), West European Politics, 35: 5, 971-998, 2012.

     

    ‘Multi-level Party Systems in Spain’ Regional and Federal Studies, 22: 2, pp. 123-139, 2012.

     

    ‘Renegotiating the State of Autonomies: Statute Reform and Multi-level Politics in Spain’ (with Michael Keating), West European Politics, 32: 3, pp. 536-558, 2009.

     

    ‘Multi-level Coalitions and Statute Reform in Spain’ (with Andreu Orte), Regional and Federal Studies, 19: 3, pp. 415-436, 2009.

     

    ‘The Italian election of April 2008: A Political Earthquake?’, West European Politics, 32: 1, pp. 215-225, 2009.

     

    ‘Coalition Formation and Party Systems in the Italian Regions’, Regional and Federal Studies 19: 1, pp. 57-72, 2009.

  • Honours & Awards :
  • Committee of the Regions Merit Prize for PhD Thesis (2010)

     

    Graduate student paper prize, Journal of Regional and Federal Studies (2009)

     

    Salvador de Madariaga grant for comparative research on Spain (2006-8)