Nathan Critch

Nathan CritchPublic Inquiries in Britain 

Supervisors: Dr Peter Kerr and Dr Stephen Bates

Research Group: British Politics Research Group

Nathan Critch is undertaking doctoral research focused on public inquiries, particularly concerning how they work as a process, the power relations that pervade them, the public’s experiences within them, and how they fit within British governance more generally. He utilizes qualitative methods and case study research, and is influenced by theories of power derived from French social theory, as well as spatial theories of power that relate to citizens’ participation within political institutions. 


  • MA in British Politics and the State (Distinction) 2018-2019 (University of Birmingham
  • BA Political Science (1st Class with Honours) 2015-2018 (University of Birmingham)

Research interests

  • Contemporary British Politics
  • British political institutions
  • Citizen engagement in politics
  • Theories of the British State


Nathan has spent all of his academic career within the University of Birmingham’s Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS); first completing his BA there in 2018, within which he won the Len Tivey Prize for his dissertation. Nathan completed Masters study there in 2019, specifically focused on British Politics and the State. After this, Nathan was accepted onto the Department’s Doctoral Research programme, where he is undertaking his current research.

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