Stephen Bates

Colleges, School and Institutes


I convene the second year course Analysing Political Worlds and convene the third year courses Parliamentary Studies and Politics, Music & the Arts.

My research is at the intersection of British politics, parliamentary studies, and political sociology. At a theoretical level, my research focuses on conceptualising power, political agency and political change. This theoretical work currently feeds into substantive empirical research in three main areas: Select Committees in the UK Parliament, Prime Minister’s Questions, and the status of women in academia.


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

  • Power and political agency
  • Select Committees
  • Prime Minister's Questions
  • The status of women in academia

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I am interested in supervising postgraduate research in the areas mentioned above in the biography section, as well as related areas.