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Marc Geddes

Marc Geddes
Dr Marc Geddes
Lecturer in British Politics
Office B.09 19 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 651 3784
Research Interests
British politics, parliamentary studies, UK Parliament, interpretive political science, evidence in politics, ethnography

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My research

My research is about the role of parliaments and their place in democratic politics. Specifically, I'm interested in:

  • How elected representatives interpret their role, especially with respect to scrutinising the government through committees, but also more generally how the everyday lives of politicians affects their capacity to act as representatives;
  • The role of evidence, knowledge and scientific advice in parliamentary settings, within a wider context to understand the influence of different forms of knowledge on policy-making; and,
  • The way we can effectively study political phenomena, particularly engaging with debates on interpretive political science.

I have recently completed a four-year ESRC project entitled Interpreting Parliamentary Scrutiny that explores a lot of these issues, and focused predominantly on the UK Parliament. However, my love for parliaments extends well beyond the UK - keep abreast by following #lovinglegislatures.

As well as my research and teaching role in Politics and International Relations, I am Associate Director of the Centre for Science, Knowledge and Policy (SKAPE), and support the work of the Academy of Government.

In addition to my role at the University of Edinburgh, I am the Co-Convener for the Political Studies Association Parliaments Group.

Selected publications

For enquiries about recent conference papers and current work-in-progress, please contact me directly.


[Forthcoming] (2019) Dramas at Westminster: Select Committees and the Quest for Accountability. Manchester: Manchester University Press.


[Forthcoming] (2018) 'Governing Under Pressure: The mental wellbeing of politicians', Parliamentary Affairs. Co-authors: J. Weinberg, A. Weinberg, M. Flinders and R. Kwiatkowski.

(2018) 'The Explanatory Potential of 'Dilemmas': Bridging practices and power to understand political change in interpretive political science', Political Studies Review. Early view.

(2018) 'Committee Hearings of the UK Parliament: Who gives evidence and does this matter?', Parliamentary Affairs 71:2, pp.283-304.

(2018) 'A Recipe for Impact? Exploring knowledge requirements in the UK Parliament and beyond', Evidence and Policy 14:2, pp.259-76. Co-authors: K. Dommett and B. Prosser.

(2014) ‘The Silent Revolution: A political history of the politics of patronage and reform’, Contemporary British History 28:1, pp.24-55. Co-author: M. Flinders.

Book chapters

(2018) ‘Towards an Interpretive Parliamentary Studies’, in J. Brichzin, D. Krichewsky, L. Ringel and J. Schank (eds.) The Sociology of Parliaments. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Co-author: R.A.W. Rhodes.

(2018) ‘Supporting Members and Peers’, in C. Leston-Bandeira and L. Thompson (eds.) Exploring Parliament, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Co-author: J. Mulley.

[Forthcoming] (2019) ‘Democracy: Problems and challenges, opportunities and design’, in K. Larres and R. Wittlinger (eds.) Understanding Global Politics: Actors and themes in international affairs, London: Routledge. Co-author: M. Flinders.

Blogs and public/policy engagement 

(2017) 'A Place Where MPs Try To Shine', commissioned article for Donmar Theatre production 'Committee... (A New Musical)'. More information here.

(2017) 'Enhancing Scrutiny in the Scottish Parliament', written submission to Commission on Parliamentary Reform (final report here). Co-author: J. Mitchell.

(2017) 'New parliament offers new opportunities for impact', Research Professional.

(2017) 'Weak Government, Strong Parliament? A preview of Theresa May's legislative challenges', LSE British Politics and Society Blog. Co-authors: A. Meakin and L. Thompson.

(2017) 'Dilemmas of Accountability: Will the Brexit committee succeed?', PSA Insight Blog.

My teaching

I contribute to a range of courses, but my principal teaching commitments at the moment include:


2016, PhD in Politics (Sheffield)

2012, MA in Politics with Research Methods (Sheffield)

2011, BA in History and Politics (Sheffield)

Other professional involvement

Associate Fellow, Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. Find out more here.

Member, Study of Parliament Group (registered charity no.  251208).

Member, Political Studies Association. Find out more here.

Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Legislative Studies.

Topics interested in supervising

I would be interested in supervising PhD applicants within parliamentary and legislative studies, especially on British politics. I am also happy to supervise PhD students on UK governance issues and/or those interested in adopting interpretive approaches to political science.

If you are interested in being supervised by Marc Geddes, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics