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Dr Knut Roder

Dr Knut Roder BA, MA and PhD

Senior Lecturer In Politics


As Senior Lecturer and BA Politics Course Leader, Knut provides overall academic leadership on the BA (Hons) Politics degree. Working with the Head of Politics, he helps set the direction and development of the award, working on module and curriculum development, administration of the course to meet internal and external standards and the fostering of a strong BA Politics team ethic and identity. He is also Year Tutor for Level 6 BA Politics.

Knut enjoys teaching and aims to make this an enjoyable and stimulating experience for students. He takes student-centred approach and feels very strongly about promoting self-directed learning. he encourages students to engage with a broad array of materials and develop their own opinions and arguments in response to that material.

  • About

    Knut started working as a lecturer in Politics as well as Politics Course Leader at Sheffield Hallam University in 2014. Prior to this he worked for over 10 years as Professor of Politics and Political Economy and Director of the International Relations program at Saint Louis University, Madrid where he designed and directed a BA Politics program that rapidly grew into the second largest on campus.

    Previously, while completing his PhD on the development of labour market policies - comparing long-term policy change in the British Labour party and the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschland's' at the 'London School of Economics', Knut taught at the 'University of West London' (formerly TVU) on its BA Business and BA Modern European Studies degrees. While working on his PhD he spent extended periods of time as an invited research fellow at the 'European University Institute' in Florence, Italy and the 'Centre for Advanced Study in the Social Science' (CEACS) at the 'Instituto Juan March' in Madrid, Spain.

    He is committed to helping the exciting Politics degree continue to innovate and expand. In order to create a rich student experience and foster students’ ability to relate and apply their academic knowledge to real world, he advocates and has taken students on field trips to Brussels and Namibia. He feels so strongly about this teaching tool that he published on the ‘why and how’ one should utilise and organise study trips (European Political Science).

    He is a member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies [UACES] and Political Science Association - Teaching and Learning Group [PSA].

    Specialist areas of interest

    Politics and Political Economy of the European Union
    Post-Crash political economy
    Teaching and Learning Politics
    Political Parties and policy making processes
    International Terrorism and Counterterrorism
    Quantitative and qualitative content analysis
    African Politics

  • Teaching

    Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics

    Social Sciences and Arts


    BA Politics

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Roder, K. (2017). The Missing Linke? Restraint and Realignment in the German Left, 2005-2017¿El eslabón perdido? Restricción y realineamiento dentro de la izquierda alemana, 2005-2017. Revista Española de Ciencia Política - Ciencia Política y de la Administración, (45), 43-65.

    Book chapters

    Roder, K. (2019). In the shadow of Merkel: the German left and the crisis. In Holmes, M., & Roder, K. (Eds.) The European left and the financial crisis. Manchester University Press:

    Holmes, M., & Roder, K. (2019). Alter-Europeanism? The left and European integration after the crisis. In Holmes, M., & Roder, K. (Eds.) The European Left and the financial crisis. Manchester University Press:


    Holmes, M., & Roder, K. (Eds.). (2019). European Left and the financial crisis. Manchester University Press.

  • Media

    Knut's main areas of research and teaching expertise are politics and political economy of the European Union, Germany and the UK.

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