Professor Richard Wyn Jones

Professor Richard Wyn Jones – Director

Professor Richard Wyn Jones joined the staff of Cardiff University in February 2009 as Director of the Wales Governance Centre. He is a Professor of Welsh Politics. Previously he was Professor of Welsh Politics and founding Director if the Institute of Welsh Politics at the Department of International Politics in Aberystwyth University.

Richard has written extensively on contemporary Welsh politics, devolved politics in the UK and nationalism. In addition, he was also one of the founders of Critical Security Studies.

Richard is a regular and widely respected broadcaster, commentating on Welsh politics in both Welsh and English for the BBC in Wales and across the UK. He has also presented two TV series. Richard is also a regular columnist for the Welsh language current affairs magazine Barn.

Richard is currently Chair of the Steering Group for the UK’s Changing Union project. He is also an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Recent Publications

Wyn Jones, R (2013)‘Y Blaid Ffasgaidd yng Nghymru’: Plaid Cymru a’r Cyhuddiad o FfasgaethCardiff: University of Wales Press
Wyn Jones, R. et al. 2013. England and its two unions: The anatomy of a nation and its discontents. Project Report. [Online]. London: Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR).
Wyn Jones, R & Scully, R. (2012) Wales Says Yes: Welsh Devolution and the 2011 Referendum, Cardiff: University of Wales Press

Full publications list


Professor Roger Scully

Professor Roger Awan-Scully – Professor of Political Science

Professor Roger Awan-Scully joined the Wales Governance Centre on 1st March 2012 to renew and enhance research collaborations with current Director and fellow leading Welsh political scientist, Professor Richard Wyn Jones.

Roger was previously Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics at Aberystwyth University, and was Co-Director of the 2011 Welsh Referendum Study and the 2011 Welsh Election Study. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

Born and raised in Luton, and educated at Lancaster and Ohio State Universities, he lectured at Brunel University before joining Aberystwyth University in 2000.

His research examines institutions and practices of political representation. He is author of Becoming Europeans? Attitudes, Behaviour and Socialisation in the European Parliament and co-author of Representing Europe’s Citizens? Electoral Institutions and the Failure of Parliamentary Representation.

His work has also been published in many leading international journals, and he has received several major research grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Recent Publications

Scully, R. (2013) More Scottish than Welsh? Explaining the outcomes of the 2011 devolved elections. Regional & Federal Studies 23(5), pp. 591-612. (10.1080/13597566.2013.810147)
Scully, R., Hix, S. and Farrell, D. M. (2012). National or European Parliamentarians? Evidence from a New Survey of the Members of the European Parliament. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 50(4), pp. 670-683.
Wyn Jones, R & Scully, R. (2012) Wales Says Yes: Welsh Devolution and the 2011 Referendum, Cardiff: University of Wales Press

Full publications list

Elections in Wales


Einion Dafydd

Dr Einion Dafydd – Lecturer in Parliamentary and Legislative Studies

Einion Dafydd was appointed Lecturer in Parliamentary and Legislative Studies at Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics in September 2014. Prior to his appointment, Einion was a Teaching Fellow at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, where he taught European, British, and Welsh politics. He has also taught British and European politics at Tampere University, Finland.

Einion’s research interests include legislative behaviour and the role of political parties in processes of representation. He was awarded his doctorate by Aberystwyth University for a thesis on practices of party discipline in the European Parliament. In addition, he has published research on the paradiplomatic activities of the Welsh Government.

Recent Publications

Dafydd, E. (2013) ‘Cautious and Creative: Understanding the Welsh Government’s EU interest representation strategy’, Contemporary Wales, Vol. 26, No. 1, 162–181.


Lucy Hammond

Dr Lucy Hammond – School Manager: Cardiff Law School

In addition to managing the Law School, Lucy ensures that the Wales Governance Centre is fully integrated into the activities of the School and of the wider University at a senior level.

Dr Jo Hunt

Professor Jo Hunt

Professor Jo Hunt graduated with an LL.B with European Legal Studies from the University of Southampton in 1994. Following an LL.M in International, European and Comparative Law at Keele University, she began work on her PhD at the University of Leeds.

The PhD, awarded in 2000 involved an interdisciplinary (law and political science) approach to the study of policy evolution in the area of EU employment policy.

From 1999-2001, Jo was employed as a lecturer at Leeds, teaching a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the area of EU law.

Jo’s main teaching interests are in the area of EU law. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Leeds, 2005), and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her current research interests focus on aspects of regionalism and devolution in the context of the European Union.

Jo Hunt is the former current Legal Developments contributor to the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review, and has also been (with Dr. Chloe Wallace, Leeds University) European Developments section editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law.

Since 2003 she has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Society. She is on the executive of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and is a member of the ESRC Peer Review College.


Guto Ifan

Guto Ifan – Research Assistant

Guto joined the Wales Governance Centre as a research assistant on the Government Expenditure and Revenue Wales (GERW) project, estimating and analysing Wales’ fiscal position. He studied Economics and Politics at the University of Bath. He previously worked as a data analyst at Development Initiatives, researching into global poverty and financial flows in developing countries.


Professor Laura McAllister CBE

Laura McAllister joined Cardiff University as Professor of Practice in Public Policy and the governance of Wales in October 2016. Laura is an expert on devolution and Welsh politics. She was previously Professor of Governance at the University of Liverpool’s School of Management. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Cardiff University where she completed a PhD in politics.
Laura’s principal academic interests centre on public administration and politics, specifically: devolution, the role of commissions in policy-making, Welsh politics and elections, sport and public policy, gender and politics. She has written extensively on these areas and her recent books include Plaid Cymru, The Emergence of a Political Party (2001), Women and Constitutional Politics in Wales (2007), and a forthcoming biography of Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas. She is Honorary Visiting Professor at Cardiff University, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and the China National School of Administration, Beijing. Laura is a regular media commentator on Welsh and British politics and elections.

Laura was a member of the Richard Commission on the Powers and Electoral Arrangements for National Assembly for Wales that reported in March 2004 and provided research advice to the Independent Panel on AMs’ Pay and Support in 2008-09. Laura was a member of the Parliamentary Services Board and chaired the Welsh Government’s Expert group on Diversity in Local Government (2013-14). She was also co-chair of the Chief Scientific Officer’s inquiry into Women in STEM subjects (2014-16). Until 2015, she was a member of the National Assembly Remuneration Board examining AMs’ pay and allowances. She is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of South Wales, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia and the China National School of Administration, Beijing.

A former Wales football international and national team captain with 24 caps, Laura was Chair of Sport Wales (formerly the Sports Council for Wales) between 2010-16. Until April 2016, she was Board Member of UK Sport, the Government’s agency for Olympic and Paralympic sport, and is currently a Director of the Football Association of Wales Trust.
She is a trustee of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, as well as a member of the Wales Advisory Committee of the British Council, and was formerly a Trustee of Stonewall UK. Laura holds honorary degrees from the Universities of Bangor, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan, Swansea and South Wales.

She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2016 and is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.


Dr Rachel Minto

Dr Rachel Minto – Research Associate

Dr Rachel Minto joined the Wales Governance Centre in October 2016 to undertake research into Brexit and UK devolved politics. Building on her background in EU politics and governance, Rachel is now addressing questions surrounding the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, and the implications this will have for the politics and governance of the UK and the devolved nations. In particular, she is interested in the following: the differential implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU across the four nations of the UK (with particular attention to Wales); intra-UK governance both during the Brexit process and post-Brexit; and, Wales as a distinct actor within the EU, before, during and post-Brexit. Rachel also has a particular interest in women’s rights and gender equality. Her PhD (Politics, University of Bristol) focused on the process of gender mainstreaming in EU.

Rachel is actively involved in knowledge exchange between academics and policy-makers in Wales. She has been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council’s UK in a Changing Europe initiative to continue and develop “EU Exchange Wales”; an initiative that she established in 2013 to provide a regular forum for EU-related discussion between Cardiff University academics and Welsh Government policy-makers.

For more information on her research, publications and teaching, please see here


Ed Gareth Poole

Dr Ed Gareth Poole – Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

Ed Gareth Poole is a lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Cardiff University where he teaches Territorial Politics. Ed’s research interests lie in the divergence and continuity in public policy and expenditure since devolution and legislative behaviour in the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales. He is currently completing his PhD in Political Science at the London School of Economics.

Ed obtained a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania and subsequently worked in a number of positions in budget and finance in the United States. As a budget consultant at Public Financial Management, the United States’ largest government financial advisory firm, he worked with US state and local governments on initiatives to enhance revenues and contain government expenditures. Ed also worked in the administration of Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell as special adviser to two cabinet secretaries for the Budget.


Dr Huw Pritchard

Dr Huw Pritchard

Huw joined Cardiff School of Law and Politics in September 2015 as a lecturer in devolved law and governance. His main areas of interest are the law of devolution in Wales and the UK and the devolution of justice. He is also interested in constitutional law, administrative justice and the effects of devolution on the law of health and social care. Huw is also a member of the Cardiff School of Law and Politics Centre for Health and Social Care Law.

He was awarded a PhD from Bangor University School of Law in 2015. This focused on devolved administrative tribunals in Wales and their implications for the devolution of justice functions to Wales. His research was fully funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol. Prior to this he completed an LLM in Devolved Law and Government at Bangor Law School (2009) and an LLB in Law and Welsh at Cardiff Law School (2008).

Huw has provided oral evidence to the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee of the National Assembly for Wales and written responses to Welsh Government consultations.

He teaches Public Law, Legal Foundations and contributes to the Law of Devolution modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He lectures through the medium of English and Welsh.

Recent Publications

George, M & Pritchard, H, ‘The Draft Wales Bill and the Devil in the Detail’ (Click on Wales Blog, March 2016)
Pritchard, H & Williams, Ll, ‘Government Pauses for a Better Wales Bill‘ (Centre on Constitutional Change Blog, March 2016)
Pritchard H, ‘London and Cardiff Trading Blows‘ (Centre on Constitutional Change Blog, February 2016)


Dr Huw Pritchard

Professor Richard Rawlings

Richard Rawlings is Professor of Public Law at University College London and Honorary Distinguished Professor of Cardiff University. He is a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellow, and Constitution Unit Associate. He is Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple, a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and Life Fellow of the Institute of Welsh Affairs. He was formerly Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Constitution Committee and currently serves on the Welsh Advisory Committee of the Law Commission.

Professor Richard Rawlings has a worldwide reputation and is one of the most eminent Chairs of Law in the UK. He is a distinguished legal scholar of devolution and his 2003 book, Delineating Wales remains one of the finest scholarly studies of devolution.

Professor Rawlings has strong links with Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre having served on its advisory board. He was the author of the highly influential piece of work the Centre published on the Draft Wales Bill in 2015.

Dan Wincott

Professor Daniel Wincott – Blackwell Chair in Law

Daniel Wincott holds the Blackwell Law and Society Chair at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics.  A political scientist and policy analyst by background, he has developed wide-ranging research interests and an enthusiasm for working across disciplines (politics, law, socio-legal studies, social and public policy). Professor Wincott moved to Cardiff from a Chair in European and Comparative Politics at the University of Birmingham and earlier held positions in Law and Politics at the Universities of Leicester and Warwick. He has held an Honorary Professorial Fellowship in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Wincott’s research ranges over such issues as: devolution and territorial governance; Constitutional law and politics; comparative welfare state theory and analysis; European integration, especially in the areas of social policy and law. It often engages with theoretical and methodological issues as well as empirical analysis.  His most recent books are The Political Economy of European Welfare Capitalism (Palgrave 2012, co-author with Colin Hay), Citizenship after the Nation State (Palgrave 2013, co-editor with Ailsa Henderson and Charlie Jeffery) and Exploring the ‘legal’ in socio-legal studies (Palgrave 2015, co-editor with David Cowan). He is currently a co-investigator on the Economic and Social Research Council’s WISERD/Civil Society research programme (funded to the tune of some £7 million), working on the place of the Third Sector and Civil Society in welfare policy and provision.

Becoming Head of Cardiff Law School in 2013, Professor Wincott led the merger of Law with the University’s Department of Politics and International Relations during 2013/14.  As Head off the Cardiff University School of Law and Politics, he designed and implemented a transformative expansion of the School’s work in the field of International Relations – under his leadership 18 new members of staff at all levels were appointed during 2015.

Daniel Wincott is a member of the ESRC’s Research Committee as serves as Chair of the Advisory Group to the Council’s ‘UK in a Changing Europe’ intitiative.  He is a member of the Management group of the Wales ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.  Daniel Wincott is Co-chair of the  Wales Governance Centre.  He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Society and has been Editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies.