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PIR Professor appointed to important research post

Charlie Jeffery named Coordinator of the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland Project

As a result of the announced Scottish independence referendum, the UK's Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) has made a significant sum of money available for research on The Future of the UK and Scotland.

Charlie Jeffery VPProfessor Charlie Jeffery, University Vice-Principal (Public Policy and Impact) and a Professor of Politics, has been appointed Research Coordinator for the overall project.

The project's portfolio currently consists of:

  • Seven one year senior fellowships;
  • Ten new work-streams at current major ESRC investments;
  • and support for a series of questions on constitutional issues in the 2012 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey.

Forthcoming work includes:

  • Survey and other work to capture UK-wide attitudes to devolution;
  • and a major new initiative to conduct research after, and in light of the referendum, starting in autumn 2013.

Charlie Jeffery Background

Charlie Jeffery has been an advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004-05), the Committee on Standards in Public Life (2002-07), the EU Committee of the Regions (2002-05), and was a member of the Independent Expert Group on Finance advising the Commission on Scottish Devolution (2008-09). He was formerly a member of the Council of the ESRC (2005-11), chairing its Research Committee. Currently, Charlie is a member of the Politics and International Studies sub-panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and is one of six members of the McKay Commission convened in January 2012 to look at the issues raised by the West Lothian Question. Since 2011 he has been Chair of the UK Political Studies Association.