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, Tim is finishing a book (joint with Mark Thatcher) on Western policies towards Sovereign Wealth Funds' investments (under contract with Oxford University Press). The second project investigates 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. Third, joint research with Daphne Halikiopoulou examines how economic insecurity and social policies shape support for far-right parties among different social groups in Europe. Finally, Tim is analysing the determinants of individual support for a Universal Basic Income in different European countries.

His research has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, the Socio-Economic Review, the Journal of European Social Policy, Politics & Society, the Journal of Common Market Studies, Comparative European Politics, the European Journal of Industrial Relations, Political Quarterly, the Review of European Economic Policy, French Politics, the Routledge Handbook of Euroscepticism, and LSE ‘Europe in Question’ working paper series.

  • When economic and cultural interests align: The anti-immigration voter coalitions driving far right party success in Europe

  • The Left and universal basic income: the role of ideology in individual support

  • The political consequences of labour market dualization: Labour market status, occupational unemployment and policy preferences

  • Labour Market Liberalization and the Rise of Dualism in Europe as the Interplay between Government, Trade Unions and the Economy

  • The Political Economy of Individual Level Support for the Basic Income in Europe

  • ‘Birds of a feather’? Assessing the prevalence of anti-immigration attitudes among the far right electorate

  • The Politics of the Basic Income Guarantee: Analysing Individual Support in Europe

  • What is new and what is nationalist about Europe's new nationalism? Explaining the rise of the far right in Europe

  • Does unemployment matter? Economic insecurity, labour market policies and the far-right vote in Europe

  • Coordination, inclusiveness and wage inequality between median- and bottom-income workers

  • The Politics of Universal Basic Income (UBI)

  • Grey power and the Economy: Aging and Inflation Across Advanced Economies

  • LSE ‘Europe in Question’ Discussion Paper Series

    The politics of disinflation

  • Voting to leave: Economic insecurity and the Brexit vote

  • Labour market developments and policy responses during and after the crisis in France


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