Research areas

  • JN1187 Scotland - politics, government, elections, Govan, Partick, Glasgow, political change, 'Red Clydeside'
  • JN101 Great Britain - government, politics, constitutional history, parliamentary history, elections
  • JS Local government Municipal government - democratic renewal, historical development, historical institutionalism, local civic nationalism
  • D204 Modern History - Political history
  • HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform - social class
  • JA Political science (General) - ideologies, political theory, Liberal party (UK, Scotland), liberalism, Conservative party, Conservatism, Unionism and 'Unionist nationalism', Political history, Labour party (UK, Scotland), radicalism, socialism
  • LB2300 Higher Education - peer review / peer assessment, inclusive practice, teaching sensitive topics



BA (Hons) Glasgow Caledonian

MPhil Glasgow and Strathclyde

PhD Glasgow

PGCE Glasgow


I joined UWS at its formation in 2007, having previously taught at Bell College in Hamilton. My main research and teaching interests broadly concern Scottish and British political history and administrative development.  I've also successfully led and delivered modules on international politics, political theory and ideologies, US politics and research methods / theory. My main contributions to date are:


-          Research and knowledge exchange on c19th and 20th Scottish political history - building on doctoral work on Clydeside burgh communities of Govan and Partick in the c. 19th and 20th.  

-          Contemporary and multidisciplinary aspects of local governance research, leading to my selection for the AHRC's 'Engaging with Government' programme (2016), furthering my interests in public history and public policy.

-          Curriculum design and development, with a strong track record in undergraduate programme leadership (BA Hons Social Science 2013-15; Cert HE Social Studies 2011-13), as well as in effective handling of various related academic administration roles.

Other roles and activities:

-          Outside UWS, I’ve advised media and community organisations on historical issues, and served on the UK Social History Society’s Executive Committee (2014-17).

-          Member of and contributor to the History and Policy network

-          I've also contributed to the impact agenda around the successful (2016) launch of UWS' Standing Safe campaign against campus sexual violence and associated problematic attitudes, helping secure cross party support in the Scottish Parliament

Current research activities.

  • Researching the development of, and challenges facing, Scotland's local state in an historical and contemporary context
  • Researching Scottish and British party politics
  • Public history and policy engagement 
  • Practice-based educational research with particular focus on undergraduate peer review in the enhancement of students' research / writing skills, and inclusive practice in the teaching of sensitive issues.

Desired research direction.

  • Political history with especial emphasis on:
  • Comparative and international perspectives on local government and local citizenship / local civic nationalism 
  • Scottish and British party politics and constitutional developments / debates 
  • Public history, knowledge exchange and policy engagement in relation to all of the above topics
  • Practice-based educational research with particular emphasis on formative assessment,  learner development  and inclusive practice in the teaching of sensitive topics

Target Collaborative Organisations (National, International, up to 3).

  • Scottish Government / Parliament
  • Local authorities / COSLA etc
  • Community and Heritage organisations 


  1. Govan: The Once Proud Burgh Part 3

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  2. Edinburgh University Press (Publisher)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

  3. Govan: the once proud burgh part 2

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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  1. STARS nomination for outstanding service to colleagues

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  2. Innovative Teaching Award - shortlisted

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  3. Best Personal Tutor - nominated

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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