Dr Elizabeth Monaghan

Lecturer/ Graduate Research Director

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics


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Elizabeth joined the University as a politics lecturer in 2008 and is Deputy Director of the Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS).

She has also been a lecturer for the Hansard Society Scholars programme since 2010 and is now a visiting fellow and member of the society’s academic governance board.

Elizabeth was previously a teaching fellow at the University of Nottingham where she had completed her PhD.

She is a frequent media contributor on the European Union and Brexit, writes for The Conversation, and is regularly involved in outreach with community groups, schools and business.


Research Interests

  • Democracy and legitimacy in the European Union

  • Civil society and non-governmental organisations

  • Environmental activism

  • Applications of democratic theory

Research groups

  • Deputy Director of the Centre for European Union Studies (CEUS)

  • Institutional contact for the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)


'Climate change, the green economy and reimagining the city: the case of structurally disadvantaged European maritime port cities', with Andrew Jonas, Rudiger Wurzel and Winfried Osthorst, Die Erde - Journal of the Geographical Society of Berlin (2018)

'The European Citizens’ Initiative as Democratic Legitimacy-Enhancing Tool: Towards a Broader Conceptualization', with Karolina Boronska-Hryniewiecka, in Democratic Legitimacy in the European Union and Global Governance, Beatriz de las Heras (ed), Palgrave, pp 41-63 (2017)

'Environmental NGOs; Pushing for Leadership', with Rudiger Wurzel and James Connelly, in The European Union in International Climate Change Politics.Still Taking a Lead?, Rudiger Wurzel, James Connelly and Duncan Liefferink (eds), Palgrave, pp 221-36 (2017)

‘Assessing Participation and Democracy in the EU: The Case of the European Citizens’ Initiative’, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol. 13 (3) (2012)

‘A Nascent Transnational Civil Society’, in European Disunion: Between Sovereignty and Solidarity, J. Hayward and R. Wurzel (eds), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp 32-47, ISBN 978-0-2303-6773-9 (2012)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Understanding the European Union

  • Paths of Research

  • EU: Politics and Policy

  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Introduction to International Relations


  • Power and the State

  • Approaches to Research

  • MA Dissertation

Research PhDs

As Graduate Research Director, Elizabeth works to support and enhance the research experience of PhD students in the school. She is also an experienced and effective PhD supervisor who welcomes expressions of interest from prospective students in the following areas.

  • European Union politics

  • Democracy and legitimacy in Europe and in comparative perspective

  • Civil society

  • Citizen activism

Completed PhDs

  • Stephanie McLeod,Why does the OECD exist? A qualitative study into the added value of the organisation (2017)

  • Mihalis Ragkousis, The Open Method of Coordination on Social Inclusion: Analysing the Participation of British and Greek Stakeholders and its Impact on their Expectations, Political Activities and Loyalties (2013)

  • Sarah Hoffmann, The Creation of the European Environment Agency and its Impact on National Administrations in Germany, France and Britain (2010)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Ioannis Zisis, Reshaping Democracy or Branding Political Images? A Study on Online Political Participation and its Consequences for European Representation

  • Sabrina Lusby


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • PGCertHE, University of Hull

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Sheffield)

  • MA (Sheffield)

  • PhD (Nottingham)

External roles

  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR), The University of Oxford, May - June 2017

  • Visiting Fellow, Institute of European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, March - May 2017

  • Visiting Lecturer, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, April 2013

  • Trustee, UACES (University Association for Contemporary European Studies), September 2012 - August 2017