Stephen Bates

Colleges, School and Institutes


I co-convene the second year course Analysing Political Worlds and convene the third year course Parliamentary Studies.

My research is in the area of parliamentary studies, focusing mainly on parliamentary roles and parliamentary committees. For the academic year 2021-22, I will be a Parliamentary Academic Fellow in the UK Parliament, undertaking a research project on the impact of gendered and raced membership patterns of House of Commons Select Committees.

I am the co-convenor of the Parliaments specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association.


2001-2005 - Ph.D. Political Science, University of Birmingham (awarded November 2005)

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (award number R42200134054); Thesis entitled: ‘The Body and Human Nature in Consumer Capitalism: A Critique of Biotechnology’; External Examiner: Prof. Chris Shilling

1997-2000 - BSocSc Political Science, University of Birmingham (First class honours)

Research interests

  • Parliamentary committees
  • Parliamentary roles
  • Power and political agency
  • The status of women in academia

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research in parliamentary and legislative studies and/or British politics.