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National Identity; Nationalism, Scotland, Scottish Diaspora, 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 based at UWS since 2007. He has published widely around issues of Scottish and UK politics, especially around nationalism, national identity, belonging, migration and diaspora and other contemporary social matters in Scotland, the UK, Europe, and the US. He has also authored/co-authored several social insight and action reports for third sector and governmental organisations. He is currently working on considerations of the Scottish Diaspora in Europe and the US, as well as working with psychology and education colleagues on social innovation productivity and engagement.

His most recent projects include a consideration of contemporary Scotland, on which he published with Manchester University Press, and discussions around the wider Scottish Diaspora, including the Returned Diaspora and Scots living in England. Other Projects he has led on over the last few years include a variety of topcis: As Joint Project Co-ordinator he led a consortium of five international partners on an Erasmus + funded project involving European and National Identity; a UK Ministry of Defence funded project entitled 'Unforgotten Forces' was amulti year consideration of Scottish wide welfare services delivery for aged veterans in Scotland and the final report was published in 2021; and he also led on commissioned consideration of how Scotland could consider and engage with its worldwide diaspora, and this was published by the Scottish Government in October 2022. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

Nationalism, National Identity, Scottish & British Politics, the contemporary Scottish Diaspora, US Politics and Society,  Social Care and Third Sector Support Organisations and Engagement (especially Veterans), Social Innovation, Educational E-Gaming and Experiential Education.

Desired research direction

Scottish Diaspora, Scottish Nationalism & National Identity, Veteran Support & Engagement, Third Sector Engagement and Activity in UK and beyond

Target collaborative organisations

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


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

Scottish politics, culture and society,

Identity and Belonging in Contemporary UK and Europe,

Armed Forces Veterans support and engagement

Social Innovation, Public Engagement in Policy/Manufacturing/Private Sector and general public engagement,

United States of America politics, society, policy.

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Strathclyde Military Education Committee, Strathclyde Military Education Committee

25 Jan 2023 → …

Editorial Board, Scottish Universities Press, Scottish Universities Press

1 Jul 2022 → …

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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