Dr Andrew Connell

Job title Research Associate
Organisation Wales Centre for Public Policy
Contact email andrew.connell@wcpp.org.uk
Phone number 02920876142

Andrew works primarily on the WCPP’s research programme and is interested in the scope and use of policy powers in Wales (and by extension in devolved and small country governments more generally). He has also contributed to the our Welsh Government and public services work.

After a first degree in Law, Andrew spent some years working in homelessness and housing, gaining an MSc in Politics and Administration from Birkbeck, University of London. He moved to Wales in 2001 to work for Wales Council for Voluntary Action and then completed a PhD in Politics at Cardiff University.  Subsequently he taught at the University of York and at Cardiff Metropolitan University before joining our predecessor, the Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) in November 2015. Andrew is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and of the Royal Historical Society. He holds the Tystygrif Sgiliau Iaith (Welsh Language Skills Certificate) of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol and is able to work through the medium of Welsh.

Qualifications and professional memberships

PhD European Studies (Politics), Cardiff University

MSc Politics and Administration, Birkbeck, University of London

BA (Hons) Law, Cambridge University

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Tystysgrif Uwch mewn Cymraeg Ail-Iaith: Defnyddio’r Gymraeg

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Aelod, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol


Andrew’s blogs for WCPP:

It ain’t what you (can) do it’s the way that you do it: How can devolved governments deliver distinctive policies?

A Conversation on Wales’ Future

Devolution and the Coronavirus pandemic in Wales: doing things differently, doing things together?

The Coronavirus pandemic – an opportunity for policy entrepreneurs?

How might lower-ranking officials have a greater impact on policy development than previously assumed?

Powers and Policy Levers – What works in delivering Welsh Government policies?

How can governments improve cross-cutting working?