About Us

The Loop publishes short pieces on politics, policy programmes, societal and political issues, showcasing the work of the political science discipline at its best.  

Our readership extends beyond fellow political scientists, to include policy-makers, journalists, businesspeople and the general public. 

Here, you’ll find blogpieces that might distil an academic journal article, or perhaps analyse a topical news story from a political science perspective. 

Contributions to The Loop are drawn from ECPR’s 50+ Standing Groups and Research Networks; from our global institutional membership and from across the wider political science community.

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Our editors

Johanne Dohlie Saltnes

Academic Editor Johanne Døhlie Saltnes is a postdoctoral fellow at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, where she also gained her PhD.

Academic Editor Johanne Døhlie Saltnes is a postdoctoral fellow at ARENA Centre for European Studies, University of Oslo, where she also gained her PhD.

Her research interests include the EU's development policy, the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy, rights-based approaches to development and theories of global justice. 

Her forthcoming book The European Union and Global Development: A Rights-Based Approach?, will be published in 2021 as part of the Routledge European Union and Global Order (EUGO) series. 

Academic Editor Martin Bull is Associate Dean for Research & Innovation and Professor of Politics at the University of Salford, and a former ECPR Director. He is a specialist in Italian and comparative politics. 

His recent publications include Italy Transformed: Politics, Society and Institutions at the End of the Great Recession (London: Routledge, 2019, edited with Gianfranco Pasquino). 

Martin has written regular pieces for academic blogsites The Conversation and LSE Blogs, and has contributed articles to more mainstream media outlets.

Kate Hawkins

Managing Editor Kate Hawkins is a member of ECPR's Communications Team in Colchester. She has more than 25 years' experience in a variety of publishing, marketing and third-sector postions.

Across a wide-ranging career, Kate's roles have included senior editor at the UK Consumers' Association, Which?, copywriter at national housing charity Shelter, and communications manager at visual arts organisation, Firstsite.

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