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Simon Sweeney
Reader in International Political Economy and Business

Profile

Biography

I joined York Management School full time in January 2011. I lecture on International Political Economy (IPE), international business, and the international business environment. I was previously at Sheffield Hallam University and 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. I am a Certified Management and Business Educator (Chartered Association of Business Schools).

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 education studies.

Between 2006-13 I was 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 the School’s International Students Coordinator and have a career-long interest in student mobility and internationalization.  

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

Subject Group

Work Management and Organisation

Departmental roles

Joint Head of Work Management and Organisation Group

Research

Overview

My PhD at the University of Leeds in the School of Politics and International Studiers 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 and published work 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 engage in contemporary debate on the future of Europe and European security.

In addition, I research and write about pedagogy (teaching and learning practice) in relation to the student experience and internationalisation of higher education.

 

Publications

Full publications list

BOOKS and book chapters

  • Sweeney, S. (2021, forthcoming) ‘European Union Common Security and Defence Policy’ in Hoerber, T, Weber, G, Cabras, I. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of European Integrations. London: Routledge.
  • Sweeney, S and Reilly, J. (2021, forthcoming) ‘Erasmus and the Bologna Process: building integrated higher education, training and youth policy’ in Hoerber, T, Weber, G., Cabras, I.(eds.) Routledge Handbook of European Integrations. London: Routledge.
  • Sweeney, S. (2016) Europe, the State and Globalisation. Routledge, re-edition.
  • 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.
  • 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. (2005) Europe, the State and Globalisation. Longman, Harlow.

JOURNAL ARTICLES European and international studies

  • Sweeney, S, and Winn, N. (2021) ‘Do or Die? The UK, the EU and internal/external security cooperation after Brexit’ European Political Science. ECPR/Palgrave Macmillan. Link.   
  • Sweeney, S and Winn, N. (2020) ‘EU security and defence cooperation in times of dissent: analysing PESCO, the European Defence Fund and the European Intervention Initiative (EI2) in the shadow of Brexit’ Defence Studies 20(3) 224-249. Link
  • Sweeney, S. (2019) ‘Europeanisation and the transformation of EU security policy: post-cold war developments in the common security and defence policy’ European Security. Book review. Link
  • 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. 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.

HIGHER EDUCATION teaching and learning, and internationalisation

  • Sweeney, S. (2021) ‘Revisiting learner-centredness with online provision’ Learning and Teaching Forum Blog University of York Learning and Teaching Forum. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2020) 'Teaching online in times of COVID-19: a view from within York Management School'. Learning and Teaching Forum Blog University of York Learning and Teaching Forum. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2019) ‘Adapting conventional delivery to cope with large cohorts: turning seminars into workshops and changing assessment’ 5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’19) Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Valencia.  Link.
  • 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. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2016) Engaging international students in content contribution to the teaching and learning process. Innovative Pedagogies York: Higher Education Academy. Link.
  • 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. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2012) Going Mobile: Internationalisation, mobility and the European Higher Education Area British Council/European Commission/HEA. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2011) ‘Writing Learning Outcomes in Higher Education’ pp.171-5 in Learning Together: towards enhancing the co-creation of higher education. Aalto University: Helsinki, Finland.
  • Sweeney, S. (2010) Bologna Process: responding to the post-2010 challenge Higher Education Academy, York British Council/European Commission/HEA. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘Globalisation, economic development and the role of English’ Development Education Journal, June, pp.16-18. Development Education Association, London
  • Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘European integration and the construction of purpose: building partnerships for the global good’ at IX Congreso ‘Cultura Europea’ Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona. 23-25 October.
  • Sweeney, S. (2005) Work-life balance – the changing perception of adult English teaching in English Teaching Professional, Issue 41, November.
  • Sweeney, S. (2007) ‘Globalisation, economic development and the role of English’ Development Education Journal 13.3, June.
  • Sweeney, S. (2006) ‘Culture of International English’, English Teaching Professional, Issue 47, November.
  • Sweeney, S. (2006) ‘Authentic materials: how to achieve a sense of authenticity in a course book’, Business English Special Interest Group Newsletter, IATEFL. Summer. 

THINKTANK commentary articles

  • Sweeney, S. (2021) ‘Believe in Britain: the simple message that won Brexit still works wonders for Boris Johnson’ 22 March. DCU Brexit Institute. Dublin City University. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2021) ‘Integrated Review: what does the future hold for UK defence?’ Commentary 17 March. KCK: UK in a Changing Europe. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. and Winn, N. (2021) ‘Without a strong strategic partnership, Brexit will undermine EU and UK security’ ECPR Blog The Loop, 21 January. European Consortium for Political Research. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2020) ‘Why the EU avoided the cliff edge Brexit that many had feared’ 27 December. DCU Brexit Institute Dublin City University. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2020) ‘An inevitable failure of statecraft: the culture clash that is Brexit’ Commentary 11 December. KCL: UK in a Changing Europe. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2020) 'The letter that Lord David Frost, the UK's Brexit negotiator, will not address to the British public' 3 December. DCU Brexit Institute Dublin City University. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2020) ‘Brexit, the US elections, and Covid-19: no hiding place for the UK government’ Commentary 6 November. KCL: UK in a Changing Europe. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2020) ‘Deal or No Deal? EU-UK negotiations have hit the wall, but the end is not in sight’ Blog. 18 October. Dublin: DCU Brexit Institute, Dublin City University. Link.
  • Sweeney, S. (2020) ‘The internal security implications of Brexit’ Commentary 12 February KCL: UK in a Changing Europe. Link.

Sweeney, S. (2019) ‘Security, defence and Brexit: shared collateral damage for the UK and the EU’ Commentary 2 December. KCL: UK in a Changing Europe. Link.

 

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
  • Member of British Academy of Management
  • 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 47 signatory states and the European Commission.

Simon Sweeney

University of York Management School
University of York
Church Lane Building
York Science Park
Heslington
York YO10 5ZF

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 325063
E-mail: simon.sweeney@york.ac.uk
 
Room: CL/A/118D

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Teaching

Postgraduate

I teach mainly on postgraduate programmes in International Business and Strategic Management, especially International Political Economy and International Business. I also contribute to M-level online programmes, teaching strategy, and a module on the international business environment which explores trade, governance, and the role of international organisations. 

I have a strong interest in supervision, especially in supporting students on work placements, and visiting students who come to York through our international partnerships with universities around the world.