The ECPR’s Director manages ECPR Central Services; directs ECPR operations; advises and assists the Executive Committee on the ECPR's strategic direction, representation of the discipline and various portfolio activities; provides support and advice to the ECPR's Council and its Speaker; and works to further the institutionalisation of structures and procedures within the ECPR.

Martin Bull has considerable experience and expertise in ECPR matters, having served as the Academic Director of ECPR (2006-13) and previously served as a member of the Executive Committee (2003-06). He is Professor of Politics at the University of Salford where he is also Deputy Chair of the University's Senate. His research interests lie in the field of Italian and comparative European politics.

Martin Bull is Professor of Politics at the University of Salford, where he is currently Deputy Chair of Senate, Chair of Senate's Academic Audit and Governance Committee, Member of the University Council and the Council's Nominations & Governance Committee. He is former Founding Head of the School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History and former Head of the Department of Politics & Contemporary History. He was educated at the University of Nottingham, Nuffield College, Oxford, and the European University Institute, Florence (where he obtained his doctorate in 1987). Prior to his appointment at Salford he held temporary lecturing positions in politics at the University of Hull, St. Anne's College and Balliol College, Oxford. He has held visiting fellowships at the European University Institute, Florence and the Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Turin, and visiting lectureships at the London School of Economics, the University of Nottingham, Wayne State University, Detroit and the University of Clermont-Ferrand II. He was a Leverhulme Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence in 2003-04. He was Senior Editor of European Political Science, Founding Editor-in-Chief of Social Sciences and Associate Editor of Parliamentary Affairs. He is on the Editorial Boards of Modern Italy (of which he is former Editor), Politics, West European Politics, South European Politics & Society and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. His research interests are in Italian and comparative politics, political corruption, institutional reform, Europeanization and political parties. His publications include Contemporary Italy: A Research Guide (Greenwood Press, 1996), Italian Politics: Adjustment under Duress (Polity, 2005, with J. Newell), Crisis and Transition in Italian Politics (Frank Cass, 1997, edited with M. Rhodes), Italy - A Contested Polity (Routledge, 2009, edited with M. Rhodes), Maestri of Political Science Vol. 2 (ECPR Press, 2011, edited with D. Campus and G. Pasquino).

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