Michael Pugh

Dr, BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, PGCE, SFHEA

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Happy to supervise projects falling within my research interests and subject expertise. Open to discussing ideas and options.


Research activity per year

Personal profile



Lecturer (Political History)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)

Research Interests (outline)

  • Political and constitutional change, especially in Scotland and the UK
  • Local government and sociopolitical change

Current Teaching Duties (* as Module Coordinator or Moderator)


Making the Modern World*


Foundations of Social and Political Thought*


Democracy and European Political Parties


Social Science Dissertation (Supervisor)

British and Irish Political History Since WW2*


The State in a Global Order

Dissertation: Applied Social Sciences (supervisor)

In addition to the above current modules, I have extensive successful experience of teaching political theory, contemporary ideologies, Scottish, British, US, and international politics at undergraduate level. I'm also an experienced, effective undergraduate and postgraduate supervisor.

Other information:

  • Academic Admissions Officer for BA (Hons) Social Sciences
  • FE-to-HE Direct Entrants Lead / personal tutor for BA Social Sciences
  • ESS School Rep on Senate Disciplinary Committee for calendar year 2023
  • Member of ESS School Learning and Teaching Group
  • Assessor (MPhil to Phd transfer)
  • PhD supervision team member; lead supervisor for Mr Oko Eigege (Nigeria herdsmen-farmer conflict)
  • Note: ex Programme Leader (PL) in undergraduate Social Sciences 2011-15; year leader L7 2010-12. Ex interim PL for the Master of Public Administration January-June 2023.


Current research activities

  • Ministerial codes
  • Local Authorities in the international Nuclear Free Zones movement
  • Transitional figures in politics

Desired research direction

  • Funding to develop and expand on current research activities, projects and collaborations
  • Open to developing joint bids and projects where relevant

Target collaborative organisations

  • Keen to collaborate on matters of mutual interest with fellow researchers and organisations interested in improving democracy, inclusion and political / historical literacy.
  • Experienced in working with community / heritage groups and media organisations, delivering heritage talks and pre-production advice, respectively.
  • Available for research and textbook peer review, with experience in both contexts for internationally recognised publishers, including Edinburgh and Oxford University Presses and learned societies.
  • Open to consultancy and collaborations on learning and teaching issues, especially curriculum design and development, academic literacy, undergraduate peer review and options for sharing innovative practice, where I have expertise.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

External Examiner for MA International Relations, University of Northampton

1 Oct 202130 Sept 2025

External Panel Member (Politics) for ELISR (departmental review), BA Social Sciences programme review and MSc Human Rights approval event, Glasgow Caledonian University

16 Mar 202118 Mar 2021

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


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