Dr Laurence Cooley

Dr Laurence Cooley

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Lecturer in Comparative Politics

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University of Birmingham
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Birmingham
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Laurence Cooley is a political scientist whose research investigates the relationship between social identities and political institutions, with a focus on power-sharing institutions and the politics of the census in deeply divided societies. Between 2017 and 2019, Laurence was an ESRC Future Research Leader, and since September 2021 he has been Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science and International Studies.

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Qualifications

  • PhD Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham, 2013
  • MA Political Science (Research Methods), University of Birmingham, 2008
  • MA Politics, Queen's University Belfast, 2006
  • BSc Economics and Politics, Bath, 2004
  • Associate, Higher Education Academy

Biography

Laurence Cooley is a political scientist whose research investigates the relationship between social identities and political institutions, with a focus on power-sharing institutions and the politics of the census in deeply divided societies. Between 2017 and 2019, Laurence was an ESRC Future Research Leader, and he has been Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Science and International Studies since September 2021. He previously taught in both the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) and the International Development Department (IDD). He has also been a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast.

Laurence came to the University of Birmingham in 2007 to start an ESRC-funded MA and PhD. Previously, he studied at the University of Bath and Queen's University Belfast, and worked at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London. His PhD on the EU's approach to conflict resolution in the Western Balkans was supervised by Thomas Diez, Michelle Pace and Tim Haughton. During his PhD, Laurence spent time as a visiting student at both the Centre for EU Studies at Ghent University and the Penn Program in Ethnic Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2013, Laurence was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in IDD, following a period as a visiting lecturer in POLSIS and CREES and as part-time Impact and Outreach Assistant for the GSDRC. Between February 2017 and January 2019, he was a Research Fellow funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme, working on a project about the relationship between power sharing and the politics of the census in deeply divided societies. Linked to this project, we was also a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen's University Belfast between June 2017 and January 2020.

Laurence rejoined POLSIS as Lecturer in Comparative Politics in September 2021. He was recently elected to serve on the board of Research Committee 14, 'Politics and Ethnicity', of the International Political Science Association (2021-23).

Teaching

Laurence currently teaches on the following modules:

  • Analysing Political Worlds
  • Conflict and Peace: Theory and Practice

He is also Deputy Director (Digital) for POLSIS's postgraduate taught programmes.

Research

Laurence's core research interest is in the relationship between social identities and political institutions. His PhD research, which was undertaken in Birmingham's Department of Political Science and International Studies, explored the EU's approach to conflict resolution in the Western Balkans, and sought to explain the apparent preference of EU actors for consociational power-sharing mechanisms of managing conflict in deeply divided societies. The main outcome of this research was his first monograph, published as part of the Routledge Studies in European Foreign Policy series in 2019. Following the completion of his PhD, Laurence expanded his focus on power-sharing institutions to explore their role in the governance of sport in post-conflict states.

From February 2017 to January 2019, Laurence worked on a postdoctoral project, funded by the ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme, which investigated the relationship between census politics and the design of power-sharing institutions, with a particular empirical focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kenya, Lebanon and Northern Ireland. He is currently working on a number of publications resulting from this project and has started a further stream of research, funded a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, into the politics of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) data collection through national censuses.

Other activities

Member of:

  • Association for the Study of Nationalities
  • International Political Science Association (Research Committee 14: Politics and Ethnicity)
  • Political Studies Association (Ethnopolitics Specialist Group)
  • European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on South East Europe

Professional appointments:

  • Co-editor, International Studies Today (2012-2014)

Publications

Recent publications

Book

Cooley, L 2018, The European Union's Approach to Conflict Resolution: Transformation or Regulation in the Western Balkans? Routledge Studies in European Foreign Policy, Routledge, London.

Article

Cooley, L 2021, 'Census politics in Northern Ireland from the Good Friday Agreement to Brexit: beyond the ‘sectarian headcount’?', British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 451-470. https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148120959045

Balaton-Chrimes, S & Cooley, L 2021, 'To count or not to count? Insights from Kenya for global debates about enumerating ethnicity in national censuses', Ethnicities.

Cooley, L 2020, 'Consociationalism and the politics of the census in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland', Political Geography, vol. 82, 102248. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2020.102248

Cooley, L 2020, 'Sexual orientation and the 2021 UK census', European Journal of Politics & Gender, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 445-447. https://doi.org/10.1332/251510820X15845548424385

Cooley, L 2019, 'The contentious politics of the census in consociational democracies, ESRC', Impact, vol. 2019, no. 1, pp. 23-25. https://doi.org/10.21820/23987073.2019.1.23

Cooley, L 2019, 'To be a Bosniak or to be a citizen? Bosnia and Herzegovina’s 2013 census as an election', Nations and Nationalism, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 1065-1086. https://doi.org/10.1111/nana.12500

Cooley, L & Mujanović, J 2016, 'Population Politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Reply to Bochsler and Schläpfer', Ethnopolitics, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 487-492. https://doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2016.1190159

Cooley, L & Mujanović, J 2015, 'Changing the rules of the game : comparing FIFA/UEFA and EU attempts to promote reform of power-sharing institutions in Bosnia-Herzegovina', Global Society, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 42-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/13600826.2014.974512

Cooley, L 2013, 'The European Union's approach to conflict resolution: Insights from the constitutional reform process in Bosnia and Herzegovina', Comparative European Politics, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 172-200. https://doi.org/10.1057/cep.2012.21

Chapter

Cooley, L 2018, The governance of sport in deeply divided societies: Actors and institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Northern Ireland . in JS Rofe (ed.), Sport and Diplomacy: Games within games. Key Studies in Diplomacy, Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 13-33. https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526131065.00010

Marquette, H & Cooley, L 2015, Corruption and Post-Conflict Reconstruction. in P Jackson (ed.), Handbook of International Security and Development. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 349–369. https://doi.org/10.4337/9781781955536.00031

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Cooley, L 2020, Census politics in deeply divided societies. in O Richmond & G Visoka (eds), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Peace and Conflict Studies. Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11795-5_19-2

Cooley, L & Brentin, D 2016, Nationalism and sport. in ET Woods & R Schertzer (eds), The State of Nationalism. National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe. <https://stateofnationalism.eu/article/nationalism-and-sport/>

Other contribution

Cooley, L 2019, Census politics in deeply divided societies. University of Birmingham. <http://epapers.bham.ac.uk/3276/>

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