Dr Tim Vlandas

Dr Tim Vlandas is Associate Professor of Comparative Social Policy in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and a Fellow of St Antony’s College. He is also the current Course Director for Comparative Social Policy. Prior to joining the University of Oxford in September 2018 he was an Associate Professor in Comparative Political Economy at the University of Reading and a Research Officer at the LSE. After an initial training in Economics and Development Economics, Tim specialised in the Political Economy of welfare state policies in Europe during his PhD at the LSE, which was fully funded in recognition for academic merit and research potential. He has won both teaching and research prizes, including a class teaching prize at the LSE, a doctoral researcher prize awarded by the European Network for Social Policy Analysis and an award for the best paper on European Politics and Society by the American Political Science Association.


Using a comparative political economy approach, his research explores the political and economic determinants and consequences of social and economic policies in Europe. He is currently working on four projects. First, he is interested in how changes in economic performance and welfare state institutions alter the policy preferences and voting behaviour of different parts of the electorate, and how this in turn shapes the economic policy choices of governments. Second, joint research with Daphne Halikiopoulou examines how economic insecurity and social policies shape support for far-right parties among different social groups in Europe. Third, Tim is analysing the determinants of individual support for a Universal Basic Income in different European countries. Finally, Tim has just finished a book (joint with Mark Thatcher) on Western policies towards Sovereign Wealth Funds' investments. The book will be published with Oxford University Press at the end of December 2021.

His research has been published in Basic Income Studies, Comparative European Politics, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Industrial Relations, European Political Science, European Political Science Review, French Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy, Nations&Nationalism, Oxford University Press, Political Science Research and Methods, Politics&Society, Review of European Economic Policy, Social Policy and Administration, Socio-Economic Review, Swiss Political Science Review, West European Politics, and Work, Employment and Society.

Current projects

Tim Vlandas is interested in supervising DPhil students who intend to work on any of the following broad themes in comparative political economy and social policy:

  • The politics of macroeconomic policy, in particular the relationship between social policies, economic voting and changes in economic policies over time;
  • The political determinants and consequences of different labour market policies such as minimum wage regulations, unemployment benefits, employment protection legislation, and active labour market policies;
  • The changing politics of austerity and welfare state reforms during economic and political crises;
  • The political economy of the Universal Basic Income
Find out more

For more information about Tim’s background and research, please visit his website, his research gate page and his google citations page.

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