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

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Personal profile


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

'Ethnic' Scotland

Leith, M. & Sim, D., 7 Apr 2020, Scotland: the new state of an old nation. Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 106-123 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Learning about Europe through educational gaming

    Sim, D., Boyle, E., Leith, M. S., Williams, A., Jimoyiannis, A. & Tsiotakis, P., 15 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Geography in Higher Education. p. 1-9 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Scotland: The New State of an Old Nation

    Leith, M., Sim, D., Torrance, D. & McTavish, D., 16 Apr 2020, Manchester: Manchester University Press. 298 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 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

  • 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

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Press / Media

    IndyRef2: back to the future?

    Murray Leith


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    2019 General Election in Scotland

    Murray Leith


    1 Media contribution

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    Mornings, with Kaye Adams

    Murray Leith


    1 Media contribution

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    Scotland's Talk In

    Murray Leith


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    Brexit Update

    Murray Leith


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