Professor Simon Lightfoot

Professor Simon Lightfoot


Before he came to Leeds since 2005, Simon Lightfoot worked at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Europe Centre, Australian National University and the Corvinus University of Budapest. He is co-organiser of the EADI Working Group ‘Development Aid of the Non-DAC Donors’. He has an interest in learning and teaching issues. In 2009 he won the Political Studies Association's Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching and was awarded a full University Teaching Fellowship. In 2013 Simon won the prestigious award of National Teaching Fellow.

Research interests

My current research projects focus on the folllowing.

  • EU Development Policy and the enlargements of the EU in 2004 and 2007
  • Attitudes of social democratic parties to European integration, especially in CEE states
  • The organisational development of Europarties
  • The EU and Sustainable Development
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Student education

I currently teach Governing the EU (Undergraduate Level 2) as well as the EU and the Developing World (MA).


Development Aid of the Non-DAC Donors: EADI Conference

Social Europe Journal: How can the PES connect to European citizens?



Dr Simon Lightfoot discussing podcasts

Current postgraduate researchers

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