Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History
Room N.231, 2nd floor, Norfolk Building, King's College London Strand campustel: 020 7848 7046
Monday 12.00 - 1.00
Tuesday 12.00 - 1.00
Students are very welcome to email for an appointment at another time, and outside termtime.
Dr. Blick's main areas of interest are:
- The history and future of the UK constitution, including in relation to Brexit;
- The history of the Civil Service, special advisers, and the office of Prime Minister; and
- Democratic development in the UK and internationally.
As well as being Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, Dr. Blick is Director of History & Policy, a UK-wide initiative, led from King’s College London and the University of Cambridge, that brings together historians and policy-makers.
Before his academic appointment Dr Blick had extensive experience working for think tanks, in the UK Parliament and as an administrative assistant at No.10 Downing Street. He has advised democratic reform groups working in countries including Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine; and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm. He has carried out consultancy work for the United Nations Development Programme, European Commission, European Parliament, and UK National Audit Office.
Dr. Blick was adviser to the Welsh Government in its intervention in the landmark Supreme Court Article 50 case of 2016. From 2010-15 he was research fellow to the first ever parliamentary inquiry into the possibility of introducing a written constitution for the UK, carried out by the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee. During 2015-16 he was expert adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution, and its inquiry into Better Devolution for the Whole UK, chaired by Lord Kerslake. In 2016 the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust commissioned Dr Blick to write a report on how a UK constitutional convention could function, at the request of the parliamentary leadership of four of the main Westminster parties.
Dr. Blick is the author of numerous pamphlets, articles and books. In 2015 he published ‘Beyond Magna Carta: a constitution for the United Kingdom’; and in 2016 ‘The Codes of the Constitution’, a study of the use of codes and manuals in the operation of the UK constitution. His next book, ‘Stretching the Constitution’, will consider the contemporary history of the UK constitution and the developing challenges to democracy.
Dr. Blick has made frequent domestic and international media appearances, and often provides evidence to parliamentary select committees.
He is a member of the Prime Minister's History Steering Working Group.
Dr Blick is interested in supervising PhDs in the following areas:
- Constitutional reform in the UK including parliamentary reform, devolution, and the prospects for a codified or written UK constitution
- The Civil Service and special advisers
- The office of Prime Minister
- Constitutional conventions and the Royal Prerogative