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Lecturer (Political History)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Interests (outline)

Scottish political history from 1832

Urban History, Local government and paradiplomacy (Nuclear Free Zones)

Public history and policy engagement

Learning and teaching research


Current Teaching Duties (* as Module Coordinator or Moderator)


Democracy in the UK

Making the Modern World*


Foundations of Social and Political Thought


Democracy and European Political Parties

Social Science Dissertation (Supervisor)


UK Political History Since 1945 *


Dissertation: Applied Social Sciences


Current Research Projects

Scottish and UK local authorities and the Nuclear Free Zones movement

Local governance reform and democratic renewal debates in Scotland / British Isles

Peer assessment in the context of academic literacies and inclusive practice

Current research activities

  • Development of, and challenges facing, Scotland's local state and democracy
  • Scottish and British political and constitutional change
  • Local Authorities in the international Nuclear Free Zones movement.
  • Practice-based educational research with particular focus on undergraduate peer review in the enhancement of students' research / writing skills, and inclusive practice.
  • Public history and policy engagement around the above issues, particularly local experiences of political change

Desired research direction

  • Political and contemporary 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
  • Public history, knowledge exchange and policy engagement
  • Practice-based educational research with particular emphasis on formative assessment,  learner development  and inclusive practice

Target collaborative organisations

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

External positions

External Examiner, Leeds International Study Centre (Leeds and Leeds Beckett Universities, jointly) International Year One Programme

1 Nov 20171 Nov 2021

Executive Committee Member -cofounder Community Exchange blog series, Social History Society

1 Apr 20141 Apr 2017


  • 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


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