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Murray Leith has lectured at universities in Scotland and the United States, and has been at UWS since 2007. He has widely published on several aspects of Scottish and British politics, Diaspora Studies, nationalism, national identity, independence and Union. His current research involves studies of nationalism and national identity, especially in contemporary Scotland (and the wider UK), the Scottish Diaspora in Europe and beyond, as well as considering devolution in the UK and wider aspects of Scottish politics and society.

His current projects include a consideration of contemporary Scotland, for which he is working on a text for Manchester University Press, and the wider Scottish Diaspora, including the Returned Diaspora. He is also a Joint Project Co-ordinator for an Erasmus + funded project involving European and national Identity (in which UWS is leading a consortium of five international partners), and he is also working on a Ministry of Defence Funded project entitled 'Unforgotten Forces, considering welfare services for aged veterans in Scotland.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Scottish & British Politics, nationalism, national identity, diaspora, and the politics of the United States of America

Desired research direction

Scottishness and Scotland in the 21st century; The Scottish Diaspora; The New Age of Nationalism in America; Politics and Identity post Brexit

Target collaborative organisations

Scottish Government,


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

United States of American; politics, society, policy

Identity and Belonging in Contemporary UK and Europe

External positions

Editorial Board member, National Identities (Taylor & Francis Journal)

1 Nov 2017 → …


  • JA Political science (General)
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • JK Political institutions (United States)

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Research Output 2008 2019

Linking learning outcomes and game mechanics in the early stages of the RU EU? Project

Boyle, E., Hauge, J. B., Leith, M., Sim, D., Hummel, H., Jandric, P. & Jimoyiannis, A., 22 Jan 2019, Games and Learning Alliance: 7th International Conference, GALA 2018 Palermo, Italy, December 5–7, 2018 Proceedings. Gentile, M., Allegra, M. & Söbke, H. (eds.). Springer London, p. 191-200 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 11385).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

european identity
national identity
1 Citation (Scopus)

The Scots in England: a different type of diaspora?

Leith, M. & Sim, D., 15 Mar 2019, In : National Identities. 21, 2, p. 119-134 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


What does Brexit tell us about our understanding of European identity?

Leith, M., Sim, D., Van Der Zwet, A. & Boyle, E., 13 Aug 2019, In : Political Quarterly. 90, 3, p. 559-564 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

european identity
European Commission
88 Downloads (Pure)

What’s in a game? a game-based approach to exploring 21st-century European identity and values

Leith, M., Boyle, L., Sim, D., Van Der Zwet, A., Scott, G., Jimoyiannis, T., Jandric, P., Hauge, J. B., Tany, N. S. & Hummel, H., 2019, In : Open Review of Educational Research. 6, 1, p. 12-25 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
european identity
national identity

Scotland then for Scotland now: Scottish political party uses of history, image and myth

Leith, M. S., 1 Nov 2018, Roots of Nationhood : The Archaeology and History of Scotland. Campbell, L., Wright, D. & Hall, N. A. (eds.). Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, p. 195-210 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Press / Media

2019 General Election in Scotland

Murray Leith


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Mornings, with Kaye Adams

Murray Leith


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Scotland's Talk In

Murray Leith


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Brexit Update

Murray Leith


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

A tale of two parties: Why the sun shines on the Scottish Tories

Murray Leith


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment