Dr Elin Royles

BSc Prifysgol Cymru Aberystwyth, MSc (Econ) Prifysgol Cymru Aberystwyth, PhD Prifysgol Cymru Aberystwyth

Dr Elin Royles


Department of International Politics

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Elin joined the department in 2003 and is a Reader. Her research and teaching are associated with the areas of: Territorial Politics and Post-devolution UK politics; Sub-state diplomacy and Nation-building; Sub-state climate change & sustainable development policy; Civil society; Language planning and policy.

She is a Member of Executive Committee and Theme Leader for ‘Language, Culture and Identities’  at the University's Centre for Welsh Politics and Society and a member of the Department of International Politics Recruitment, Admissions and Marketing team. 


Main areas of research: Territorial Politics and post-devolution UK politics; Sub-state diplomacy and nation-building; Sub-state climate change & sustainable development policy; Civil Society; Language planning and policy.

She is currently involved in the following 

Research grants: 

WP C3.1 - ‘Shifting forms of governance and the grassroots politics of separatism’, part of theme 3 Contentious Politics and Civic Gain of the ESRC funded WISERD Civil Society - Civic Satisfaction and Civil Repair project (with Dr Anwen Elias, Prof. Rhys Jones and Dr Nuria Franco-Guillen, Aberystwyth University)

James Madison Trust project on 'Assessing the UK’s new intergovernmental relations architecture post-Brexit' (with Dr Carolyn Rowe Aston University, Dr Rachel Minto Cardiff University).


ARFOR 2 programme evaluation led by Wavehill as main contractor

Her thesis that won the Political Studies Association's Walter Bagehot Prize for the best thesis in government and public administration in 2004-05 and between 2005 and 2014 she was co-editor of the Contemporary Wales journal.

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Wednesday 11.30-12.30
  • Thursday 09.30-10.30


Royles, E 2023, 'Explaining the salience of secessionist party constitutional demands for independence', Regional and Federal Studies. 10.1080/13597566.2023.2243229
Lewis, H & Royles, E 2023, Governance, complexity, and multi-level language policy and planning. in M Gazzola, F Grin, L Cardinal & K Heugh (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Language Policy and Planning. Taylor & Francis, pp. 272-285. 10.4324/9780429448843-22
Minto, R, Rowe, C & Royles, E 2023, 'Sub-states in transition: Changing patterns of EU paradiplomacy in Scotland and Wales, 1992–2021', Territory, Politics, Governance. 10.1080/21622671.2023.2203176
Royles, E & Chaney, P 2022, Civil Society, Equalities and Inclusion. in J Williams & A Eirug (eds), The Impact of Devolution in Wales: Social Democracy with a Welsh Stripe?. Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press.
Lewis, H & Royles, E 2022, Examining the Political Origins of Language Policies. in W McLeod, R Dunbar, K Jones & J Walsh (eds), Language, Policy and Territory: A Festschrift for Colin H. Williams. Springer Nature, pp. 19-37. 10.1007/978-3-030-94346-2_2
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