Michael Pugh

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

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Lecturer in Politics (Political History)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Interests (outline)

Scottish political history from 1832, with especial focus on political change, devolved and local governance, and the wider constitutional landscape.

Local government and paradiplomacy with specific focus on 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


UK Political History c1945-2010 *


Dissertation: Applied Social Sciences *


Current Research Projects

Scottish and UK local authorities and the Nuclear Free Zones movement from 1987

Local governance reform and democratic renewal debates in Scotland

Peer assessment in the context of academic literacies and inclusive practice




Current research activities

  • Development of, and challenges facing, Scotland's local state in an historical and contemporary context
  • Scottish and British political and constitutional change
  • Local Authorities in the international Nuclear Free Zones movement since 1987.
  • 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 / 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

  • 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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Research Output

Undergraduate peer review, reading and writing: reflecting on experiences from an International Politics module

Pugh, M. & Veitch, F., 30 Jun 2019, In : European Political Science. 18, 2, p. 335-350 16 p., EPSTL2018340R.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 152 Downloads (Pure)

    A review of contemporary linked challenges for Scottish Local Government

    Pugh, M. & Connolly, J., 1 Jul 2016, In : Scottish Affairs. 25, 3, p. 317-336 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 16 Downloads (Pure)


    Best Personal Tutor - nominated

    Pugh, Michael (Recipient), 31 Mar 2010

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Innovative Teaching Award - shortlisted

    Pugh, Michael (Recipient), 31 Mar 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • STARS nomination for outstanding service to colleagues

    Pugh, Michael (Recipient), 31 Mar 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


    Take your teaching online (Badge and Certificate of Participation)

    Michael Pugh (Participant)

    30 Jun 2020

    Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Prize (including medals and awards)

    Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (External organisation)

    Michael Pugh (Member)

    21 Aug 2020 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of board

    Engaging Parliaments with Research GCRF - UKRI AHRC event, Houses of Parliament, Westminster

    Michael Pugh (Invited speaker)

    1 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Engaging with Government: Alumni Panel and Dinner 2019

    Michael Pugh (Speaker)

    6 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


    Michael Pugh (Organiser), Colin Clark (Keynote/plenary speaker), Vanesa Fuertes (Chair), Ewan Gibbs (Chair) & Mark McNally (Chair)

    20 Mar 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


    Press / Media

    Mentioned in AHRC and Institute for Government Newsletter

    Michael Pugh


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Member - History and Policy Network

    Michael Pugh


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    The Great British Story: A People's History of Britain

    Michael Pugh


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    The system is broken. Real local government is long overdue

    Michael Pugh


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities