Michael Pugh

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

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Lecturer (Political History)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Interests (outline)



UK and British Isles


political and constitutional change

local and urban history

multilevel governance

ideas and ideologies

public history and engagement

academic literacies


c.1832 to present day



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)

British and Irish Political History Since WW2*


The State in a Global Order

Dissertation: Applied Social Sciences (supervisor)


Other relevant internal roles:

Academic Admissions Officer for BA (Hons) Social Sciences

Former programme leader for Cert HE Social Studies (2011-13) and BA Hons Social Science (2013-15)

Assessor (MPhil to Phd transfer)

PhD supervision team member

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.

Current Research Projects

British Isles Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLAs)

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

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 Sep 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


  • 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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