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Professor John Loughlin

Emeritus Director of the Von Hügel Institute

Professor John Loughlin BA (Hons), MA (Cantab), PhD (European University Institute, Florence) PhD honoris causa (University of Umeå, Sweden), OSB Obl., Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, FRHistS, FRSA, FAcSS, FEASA, FLSW.

Professor John Loughlin was elected a Fellow of St Edmund's College in 2010 and shortly after was appointed Director of the College's Von Hügel Institute. He is a Senior Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. He has held various College offices including Tutor, Director of Studies in HSPS and sits on the VHI Committee, the Dean's Committee and the Estate's Committee.

He spent several years (1968-74) studying for the priesthood in the Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone, N. Ireland. He read for a BA in French and Politics at the Ulster Polytechnic (1978-82) and completed a Doctorate in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (1982-85). He was appointed Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Public Administration at the University of Ulster (1985-91), then Associate Professor in Public Administration at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (1991-94) before taking up the Chair of European Politics at Cardiff University (1995-2010). He was elected a Fellow of St Edmund's in 2010.

Professor Loughlin has held Visiting Professorships and Fellowships in Oxford, Paris, Princeton, Brussels, Umeå, Florence and several other places. He has carried out extensive research on territorial politics in Europe and is now working on a project on Religion and Politics. He has published over twenty authored and edited books and over 140 journal articles and book chapters. His recent books include: The UK Government’s ‘Big Society’ Programme and Catholic Social Teaching. (Chelmsford: Matthew James Publishing, (with Richard Crellin), 2013; Subnational Government: the French Experience. (Macmillan Palgrave, 2007) [translated into Romanian]; Albania and the European Union: The Tumultuous Journey to Integration and Accession, (London: I B Tauris, 2007) (with Mirela Bogdani); Subnational Democracy in the European Union: Challenges and Opportunities (Oxford University Press, , HB, 2001; PB, 2004); Culture, Institutions and Regional Development: a Study of Eight European Regions, (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, HB 2003; PB 2005) (with M. Keating and K. Deschouwer); The Oxford Handbook of Subnational Democracy in Europe. (Oxford University Press) (edited with F. Hendriks and Anders Lidström); The Transformation of Territorial Governance in the 21st Century, (Brussels: Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences, 2007) ) (edited with Kris Deschouwer); Spanish Political Parties, (Cardiff: Wales University Press, 2006) (edited with David Hanley); “Religion et Politique”, Special Issue of Pôle Sud (Revue de Science Politique de l'Europe Méridionale. 2002 (Guest editor with David Hanley); La décentralisation dans les Etats de l'Union européenne, Coll. Les Etudes, (Paris: La Documentation Française, 2003) (edited with Alain Delcamp); Autonomies Insulaires: vers une politique de différence pour la Corse (Ajaccio: Albiana, 1999) (edited with Claude Olivesi and F. Daftary); The Political Economy of Regionalism, (London: Routledge, 1997) (edited with Michael Keating); The End of the French Unitary State? Ten Years of Regionalization in France, (London: Frank Cass Ltd., 1995) (edited with Sonia Mazey); Europa de las Regiones: una Perspectiva Intergubernatal (Granada: University of Granada, 1994) (edited with Arenilla Saez and T. Toonen); (ed.) Southern Europe Studies Guide, (Bowker Saur Ltd, London, 1993). He founded and edited for 13 years Regional and Federal Studies the international political science journal published by Routledge.

His research has been recognised by a number of awards and honours. In 2010, the French Government appointed him an Officier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques 'in recognition of his contribution to French culture and language in the UK'. In 2009, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Umea  (Sweden) in recognition of his research on European politics. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (2007), of the Royal Society of Arts (2008), of the UK's Academy of Social Sciences (2008), of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (2013) and of the Learned Society of Wales (2014). In 2005 he was an Visiting Fellow of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Arts and Sciences. The Foundation Wiener-Anspach which promotes collaboration between the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge appointed him to the prestigious Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch.

Professor Loughlin has acted as an expert and consultant for international organisations and national and regional governments. He has chaired expert groups on decentralization at the EU's Committee of the Regions and at UN-Habitat and was responsible for drawing up a set of Guidelines on Decentralisation for the latter organization. He is also an expert on local government for the Council of Europe. He has advised the UK Government, the Flemish Government, the French Senate and the Northern Ireland and Welsh governments on issues of territorial governance.