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National Identity; Nationalism, Scotland, UK Politics; American Politics; Identity/Brexit, Politics and Culture

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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 Nationalism and National Identity, British and US politics, Diaspora Studies, nationalism theory, national identity in Europe, and Scottish Independence and the UK Union. His current research has included work on educational e-gaming, veteran studies and nationalism and national identity in contemporary Scotland (and the wider UK), He is currently working on considerations of the Scottish Diaspora, in Europe and the US, 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, on which he published with Manchester University Press, and the wider Scottish Diaspora, including the Returned Diaspora and Scots living in England. He has recently completed, as Joint Project Co-ordinator leading a consortium of five international partners, an Erasmus + funded project involving European and national Identity, and he was 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, US Politics and Identity, Nationalism, National Identity, and the wider Scottish Diaspora.

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, US governmental bodies, third sector organisations in the UK, Europe and the US.


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

United States of America; politics, society, policy

Identity and Belonging in Contemporary UK and Europe

Scottish politics, culture and society

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 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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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