Dr James Sloam

Educational background

BA University of Sussex

PhD University of Birmingham

Personal profile

James Sloam joined the Politics and International Relations Department at Royal Holloway in September 2005. He was previously a lecturer in European Studies at King's College, London and an honorary research fellow at the European Research Institute, University of Birmingham, where he co-ordinated projects on policy transfer in East Central Europe and Youth Participation in democracy.

Research interests

My work is situated at the intersection between academia and public policy. I have four principal areas of interest: Young People's Politics/ Political Participation, German Politics, Political Parties/ European Social Democracy, Political Science Education/Citizenship Education. 

I am the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the Centre for European Politics and was the organiser of a high-profile launch event in 2007 featuring Rt. Hon. Peter Mandelson, Sir Stephen Wall, John Peet (The Economist). I have also hosted subsequent annual European Politics Lectures by Rt. Hon. David Willetts (2008) and Rt. Hon. Vince Cable (2010).

I have published widely in my four main areas of interest. I recently edited a special issue of Parliamentary Affairs on youth, citizenship and politics and had articles published in Comparative Political Studies and West European Politics on the civic and political engagement of young people in the United States and Europe. In 2010, I edited a special issue of the American Political Science Association-sponsored Journal of Political Science Education on the connection between teaching, learning, research and civic engagement. In the run-up to the 2009 German elections I have co-edited a volume on the Gathering Crisis in German Politics (Palgrave, 2008). My first book was The European Policy of the German Social Democrats: interpreting a changing world (Palgrave, 2005) was nominated for the University Association for Contemporary European Studies best book prize.

I am very interested in working to strengthen youth participation in democracy. In this regard, I have presented my research at major conferences for policy-makers and academics at the Palace of Westminster, have contributed to the work of the Youth Citizenship Commission, and participated in a large EU-funded project on youth political participation in Europe. In 2012-13 I was a Fellow at the Humanities and Arts Research Centre at Royal Holloway, which supported three conference on the civic and political engagement of young people in European democracies. In addition to these activities I am active in the UK Political Studies Association (as convenor of its young people's politics specialist group), and am engaged with several NGOs (including the Intergenerational Foundation and ShoutOutUK) working in this area.

I am also engaged in promoting the social role of higher education. In September 2008, I convened the inaugural conference of the British Political Studies association Teaching and Learning Group. To coincide with the launch of a connected research project, I hosted a talk by Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP on ‘The Social Role of Higher Education’ (2008). Between 2010 and 2011 I was a HEFCE discipline associate for teaching and learning. In June 2011, I organised a major HEFCE-funded project, 'A Pedagogy of Civic Engagement for Higher Education', whose speakers included Dr Benjamin Barber (Demos), Lord Norton of Louth and Nicola Dandridge (Chief Executive, Universities UK). 



  • PR3530: The Politics of Modern Germany (course co-leader)
  • PR3670: Comparative Foreign Policy (course leader)
  • PR3680: Young People's Politics (course leader)


  • PR5427: Politics of Democracy (course leader)
  • PR5914: Democracy and Citizenship in Europe (course leader)

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