Rick Harmes


Telephone: 07949 248660 

College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Politics
Department: Social Sciences & International Studies

My background is in language teaching and public sector management. In my first career, I taught school and college students and adult learners in UK and Germany. After that I worked in English local government managing various aspects of education and children's services. I am now pursuing a 'third age' career in academic research and university teaching in a discipline that has always held a special interest for me. In 2010 I was awarded a MRes in Politics at Exeter. I then went on to complete my PhD here in Autumn 2017. In September 2014, I represented Exeter on BBC's 'University Challenge'. Since January 2016, I have been an Associate Research Fellow in the Politics Department working on the ESC-funded Structure & Organisation of British Government Project (SOG-PRO). My book 'Localism and the Design of Political Systems' was published by Routledge in January 2021.