Despina Alexiadou


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Personal Statement

I am a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and received my PhD from the European University Institute. Before moving to Glasgow, I was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick and a visiting professor at Duke University.

My research explores the process of policy-making in democracies.  In my book "Ideologues, Partisans and Loyalists" (Oxford University Press 2016), I argue that politicians' own ideology and political clout matter for policy. In some of my current projects I investigate the relationship between political and economic inequality, the professionalization of politics, policy coordination and energy and health inequalities.

To read my work visit my personal webpage: or my research page on the research gate portal:

Teaching Interests

I have taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative politics, comparative political economy and public policy, comparative welfare states, and time-series cross section data analysis. At Strathclyde, I am teaching an entry level course on comparative politics (L2108: Politics: Decisionmaking and Outcomes) and a third year course on the theoretical foundations of economic policy in industrialised democracies (L2343: Philosophy of Economic Policy). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

The Politics of Redistribution and Price Stability, European University Institute

Award Date: 12 Dec 2005

External positions

Senior Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence for the Politics of Inequality, University of Konstanz

1 Oct 202030 Nov 2020


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