Simon Sweeney
Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy and Business

Profile

Biography

I lecture on International Political Economy (IPE), international business, and the international business environment. I joined TYMS full time in January 2011, moving from Sheffield Hallam University where I was Senior Lecturer in International Business and Governance. Before that I was Head of MA International Studies at York St John University.  I’ve a long association with York, being a graduate (MA Linguistics and ELT, 1990) and working as an Associate Lecturer in three departments over several years.

In 2019 I was awarded a Senior Fellowship by the HEA/Advance HE.

In 2006 I won a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (HEA). I have always had a multidisciplinary approach to my work, having taught politics and International Relations, management, teacher training, English Language Teaching, modern foreign languages, European studies, and educational studies.

Also, in 2006 I was appointed as one of 15 UK Socrates Erasmus Bologna Experts sponsored by the European Commission and the British Council. This involved promoting reform in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). I am the author of Europe, the State and Globalisation (Longman, 2005; Routledge, 2016) and numerous books in the field of English Language Teaching and Business Communication.

I am Director of Postgraduate Programmes in York Management School.

I occasionally run half marathons and like listening to the music of Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, and Radiohead.

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation

Research

Overview

My PhD at the University of Leeds was on the European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The study explored relationships between power, bureaucratic politics, and Grand Strategy.

My main field of research is European security and defence. I am interested in the politics of European Integration and the role of international institutions in the context of contemporary economic globalisation. I also do research on teaching and learning in relation to the internationalisation of higher education.

Publications

Full publications list

POLITICS/INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

Books

  • Sweeney, S. (2016) Europe, the State and Globalisation. Routledge, re-edition.

  • Sweeney, S. (2005) Europe , the State and Globalisation. Longman, Harlow.
  • Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘Globalization, Multiple threats and the weakness of international institutions: a community-based response’ in Clay, C, Madden, M. and Potts L. (Eds) Towards understanding community: People and places.Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
  • Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘9/11 disorder and the European response: the values of international society’, in Beitter, U. (Ed) Reflections on Europe in Transition. Peter Lang Publishing, New York .
  • Sweeney, S. (2009) ‘European integration and the construction of purpose: building partnerships for the global good’ Actas del IX Congreso ‘Cultura Europea’ Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona , October 2007.

Recent journal publications and conference papers (selected)

  • Sweeney, S. and Winn, N. (2019) EU security and defence cooperation in times of dissent: analysing PESCO, the European Defence Fund and the European Intervention Initiative in the shadow of Brexit. BISA Security Working Group, Newcastle University, January.
  • Sweeney, S. (2018) ‘Student engagement: Key Skills, Social Capital, and Encouraging Learner Contributions to Module Resources’ Journal of Contemporary European Research. 14(3): 253-272.
  • Sweeney, S. (2018) ‘The European Union and EUFOR Althea’s contribution to a dysfunctional peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina: bureaucratic politics, emergent strategy? Journal of Regional Security 13(1) 3-38.
  • Sweeney, S. (2018) ‘Adapting conventional delivery to cope with large cohorts: turning seminars into workshops’ International MOBTS Conference, Maynooth, New University of Ireland 29 June 2018.
  • Sweeney, S. (2018) ‘Mental health and well-being: Protecting students in times of anxiety’ PSA Annual Conference, Teaching and Learning: Cardiff, 26-8 March.
  • Sweeney, S. and Winn, N. (2017) ‘CSDP and the Open Method of Coordination: Developing the EU’s Comprehensive Approach to Security’ Journal of Regional Security. 12(2) 95-121.
  • Sweeney, S. (2017) ‘The security implications of the UK quitting the EU: How will Brexit affect EU strategic ambitions and CSDP?’ UACES Annual Conference, Krakow, Poland. 4-6 September.
  • Sweeney, S. (2016) ‘The Council call to arms, Mogherini to the rescue? Are statements of intent a sign of Grand Strategy or does CSDP remain hamstrung by state inertia and bureaucratic incrementalism?’ BISA Annual Conference Edinburgh 15-18 June.
  • Sweeney, S. (2015) ‘Internationalisation and the use of electronic media in teaching and assessment: live webinars and audio feedback, some apparent benefits and drawbacks’ Enhancing e-Learning in the Social Sciences. C-SAP On-line Journal. HEA. July
  • Sweeney, S. (2015) 'Analysing the impact of CSDP in the Western Balkans: EU strategic success or bureaucratic politics?' UACES Annual Conference, Bilbao. 7-9 September.
  • Sweeney, S. (2015) 'Bureaucratic incrementalism versus Grand Strategy: Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the triumph of modest achievement over substance' British International Studies Association Conference, London. 16 June.
  • Sweeney, S. (2015) ‘Common Security and Defence Policy: the permanence of bureaucratic politics in EU security dynamics’ PSA Annual Conference 30 March-1 April. Sheffield.
  • Sweeney, S. (2015) ‘More rhetoric, or substance at last: The European Council’s capability promise and the future of CSDP, a potential ‘tipping point’?’ UACES CRN Security. Brussels. 23 January.
  • Sweeney, S. (2015) 'More rhetoric or substance at last: The European Council’s capability promise and the future of CSDP, a potential ‘tipping point’?' UACES CRN Workshop. Egmont Institute, Brussels. 23 January.
  • Sweeney, S. (2015) 'Common Security and Defence Policy: the permanence of bureaucratic politics in EU security dynamics' PSA Annual Conference University of Sheffield. 30 March-1 April.
  • Sweeney, S. (2015) 'Bureaucratic incrementalism versus Grand Strategy: Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the triumph of modest achievement over substance' British International Studies Association Conference, London. 16 June.
  • Sweeney, S. (2015) 'Analysing the impact of CSDP in the Western Balkans: EU strategic success or bureaucratic politics?' UACES Annual Conference, Bilbao. 7–9 September.


BOLOGNA PROCESS PUBLICATIONS

  • Sweeney, S. (2012) 'Going Mobile: Internationalisation, Mobility and the European Higher Education Area' (e-publication from HEA website; paper British Council/European Commission/HEA)

  • Sweeney, S. (2010) ‘Bologna Process: The post-2010 challenge’ York: Higher Education Academy.

 

External activities

Memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy/Advance HE
  • Associate consultant to Higher Education Academy/Advance HE
  • Member of the University Association of Contemporary European Studies
  • Member of the British International Studies Association
  • Member of the Political Studies Association
  • 2006-2013 Member of British Council-appointed UK Committee of Bologna Experts, supported by the European Commission. The Bologna Process supports the European Higher Education Area and is backed by 46 signatory states.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the UK Europe Unit Mobility Community of Practice
  • Member of the National Association of Writers in Education, and occasional contributor to Writing in Education

Simon Sweeney

The York Management School
University of York
Freboys Lane
Heslington
York YO10 5GD

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 325063
E-mail: simon.sweeney@york.ac.uk
 
Room: LMB/225