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Dr Stafford has taught at six universities, on a range of Politics and Social Sciences courses. He is a specialist in: 

  • Political leadership and management;
  • British politics;
  • American politics (executive and local leadership); 
  • Comparative politics

Prior to the completion of his PhD and University Certificate in Academic Practice at Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr Stafford received an MA (Distinction) in Managing Contemporary Global Issues and a BA (Hons) in Politics and Global Studies with History from the University of Winchester. He is also a Fellow (FHEA) of Advance HE and has been teaching in Higher Education since 2013. He previously worked for two former cabinet ministers and advised on political campaigning and he uses this to highlight employability-related aspects of his teaching. His teaching style is discursive, with active preparation and extra-curricular learning encouraged. 



  • Higher Education Academy Fellow (2020)
  • Higher Education Academy Associate Fellow (2018)
  • Political Studies Association (PSA): PSA Specialist Group in Political Leadership (2015-), Treasurer (2020-), and Membership Officer (2016-2020). 
  • Political Studies Association (PSA): PSA Specialist Group in Local Politics (2015-), Convenor (2020-), and Postgraduate and Early Career Officer (2019-2020). 



Journal Articles: 

  • Sancino, A., Stafford, M.W., Braga, A. and Budd, L. (2021), 'What can city leaders do for climate change?', Insights from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group network, Regional Studies, DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2021.2005244
  • Worthy, B., Bennister, M. and Stafford, M.W. (2019), 'Rebels Leading London? The Mayoralties of Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson Compared', British Politics, 14(1), pp.23-43. 
  • Stafford, M.W. (2014), 'Women's political participation and their legislative representation', Alfred, 5(1), pp.50-57. 


Book Reviews:

  • Stafford, M.W. (2019), 'Book Review: John Gaffney, Leadership and the Labour Party: Narrative and Performance' (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, £69.99 (hbk), xi+267pp. ISBN: 978-1-137-50497-5), Party Politics, 26(1), 2019. 
  • Stafford, M.W. (2018), 'Book Review: Craig Johnson, Noah Toly and Heike Schroeder (eds), The Urban Climate Challenge: Rethinking the Role of Cities in the Global Climate Regime (London: Routledge)', Political Studies Review, 16(1), p.62, 2018. 
  • Stafford, M.W. (2018), 'Book Review: Lisheng Dong, Hanspeter Kriesi and Daniel Kubler (eds), Urban Mobilizations and New Media in Contemporary China (Farnham: Ashgate)', Political Studies Review, 16(1), p.102, 2018.
  • Stafford, M.W. (2016), 'Book Review: A. Blick and G. Jones, At Power's Elbow: Aides to the Prime Minister from Robert Walpole to David Cameron (London: Biteback Publishing, 2013)', Political Studies Review, 14(1), p.112, 2016. 
  • Stafford M.W. (2016), 'Book Review: A.C. Diener and J. Hagen (eds), From Socialist to Post-Socialist Cities: Cultural Politics of Architecture, Urban Planning, and Identity in Eurasia (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014)', Political Studies Review, 14(2), pp.275-276, 2016. 
  • Stafford M.W. (2016), 'Book Review: Patrick Diamond (ed.), New Labour's Old Roots: Revisionist Thinkers in Labour's History [2nd Edn.] (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2015), Political Studies Review, 14(3), pp.452-453, 2016. 
  • Stafford, M.W. (2016), 'Book Review: J.M. Colomer, How Global Institutions Rule the World (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)', Political Studies Review, 14(3), pp.466-467, 2016. 
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