Brendan completed a BA, an MA and a PhD at the University of Manchester where he also taught until 1969 and launched Politics as an independent subject in 1974. Formerly Head of Politics and Dean of School, Brendan was appointed as the University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in 1997. He then became Pro-Vice Chancellor on a part-time basis until November 2007, when he was appointed Emeritus Professor. He continues to be an active researcher and has published further articles in the areas of urban regeneration in Britain and the USA. Currently, he is also writing a biography of former government minister J.P.W. Mallalieu and a jointly authored book with Dr Georgina Blakeley on Politics of urban regeneration.
Brendan is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.
His research interests focus on political ideas and their impact on policy making in British and American Politics.