Dr Robin Pettitt


I am an expert in the internal life of political parties. I do research on the role of party members and their role both as participants in internal structures, and as campaigners for the party. I have published on internal party democracy, the rhetoric of party leaders at party conferences (especially how much they talk about themselves), and political marketing. I am currently working on a book about how parties recruit and retain the activists that help politicians engage with voters. I also regularly comment on British politics. 

I teach British politics to first year students, with a focus on how politically interested and active citizens can influence political decision making. I also teach research methods to post-graduate students, in order to give them transferable skills for the employment market, and to give them the tools to do well in their dissertations.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer of Comparative Politics


  • PhD Manchester University
  • MA in International Relations and Strategic Studies - Lancaster University
  • BA in Politics and International Relations - Lancaster University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching - Kingston University