Dr Anwen Elias

BA Hons Cambridge UniversityMA College of Europe, Bruges PhD European University Institute, Florence

Dr Anwen Elias

Reader in Politics

Department of International Politics

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Anwen Elias joined the Department in February 2005. Her research and teaching encompasses European politics, comparative regionalism, nationalism, and political parties and party systems, and secession.


Anwen's research is in the broad area of comparative regionalism, nationalism and secession, and has mainly focused on Western Europe. Her work has examined the attitudes of nationalist and regionalist parties towards European integration, as well as the ways in which these parties seek to advance and adapt to processes of constitutional change. Current research projects are focused on the role of regionalist and nationalist parties in achieving political, economic and social justice (Horizon2020 funded project), and on the ways in which citizens make sense of debates about secession (funded by ESRC).


Director of Research

Co-Director, Centre for Welsh Politics and Society

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 11.30-12.30
  • Friday 09.30-10.30


Elias, A 2019, 'Making the economic case for independence: The Scottish National Party's electoral strategy in post-devolution Scotland', Regional and Federal Studies, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 1-23. 10.1080/13597566.2018.1485017
Elias, A & Mees, L 2017, 'Between accommodation and secession: Explaining the shifting territorial goals of nationalist parties in the Basque Country and Catalonia', Revista d'Estudis Autonòmics i Federals, no. 25, pp. 129-165. <http://www.raco.cat/index.php/REAF/article/view/321752/412386>
Elias, A 2016, Institutionelle Opportunitäten und regionalistische Bewegungen aus vergleichender Perspektive. in Deutsch-Französische Institut (ed.), Frankreich Jahrbuch 2015: Frankreich nach der Territorialreform. Franco-German Institute, Ludwigsburg , pp. 93-109.
Elias, A 2015, 'Catalan Independence and the Challenge of Credibility: The Causes and Consequences of Catalan Nationalist Parties’ Strategic Behavior', Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 83-103. 10.1080/13537113.2015.1003490
Elias, A 2015, Catalan independence and the challenge of credibility: The causes and consequences of Catalan nationalist parties' strategic behaviour. in R Gillespie & C Gray (eds), Contesting Spain: The Dynamics of Nationalist Movements in Catalonia and the Basque Country. Europa Country Perspectives, Taylor & Francis.
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