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Sean is a Research Fellow within the School of Business, primarily working on the ESRC funded project: 'Activating employers: the politics of regulation in the UK, the US and Australia'. 


Prior to joining the School of Business, Sean's research focused on political campaigning on new media, political party organisation and comparative politics, with a specialization in UK and Japanese politics. From 2014-2017 he worked as a Research Assistant on a ESRC funded project on political party organisation at the University of Susex and was a member of the Political Party Database working group.


Sean gained a PhD in Politics from the University of Sussex and spent several years lecturing in political science and intercultural studies at Meiji Gakuin University and Nihon Unersity. He has had works published in international peer-reviewed journals and a number of chapters in Japanese language books.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The Effect of New Media on Candidate Independence: A Comparison of Constituency Level Candidates in the United Kingdom and Japan, University of Sussex

1 Oct 201430 Sept 2017

Award Date: 13 Jun 2018

Master, MA International Relations and East Asian Studies, Durham University

1 Oct 201330 Sept 2014

Award Date: 8 Jan 2015

Bachelor, Bsc International Relations and Intelligence Studies, Aberystwyth University

1 Oct 200130 Sept 2004

Award Date: 14 Jul 2004

External positions

Associate Researcher, Nihon University

1 Apr 2020 → …


  • JA Political science (General)
  • Political Party Organization
  • Comparative Politics
  • East Asian Politics
  • European Politics
  • Employment Policy
  • Welfare Policy


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