Territorial Politics explores the distribution of power and power relations between territorial communities and governments within the state. Much of PIR's research in this field examines the dynamics of devolution in the UK within a broader comparative context. Our team includes some of the leading members of territorial politics research in Europe, and we lead numerous research networks in the field.
- Professor Charlie Jeffery directed the ESRC's programme on Devolution and Constitutional Change from 2000-06 and is currently coordinating The Future of the UK and Scotland, an ESRC programme that brings the best of UK social science to the debate about Scotland’s constitutional future and its implications for the rest of the UK.
- Dr Nicola McEwen, co-convener of the Political Studies Association specialist group on Territorial Politics, currently holds a Senior Fellowship on The Future of the UK and Scotland project. Nicola's fellowship concerns the feasibility of shared services, infrastructures and institutions, the governing arrangements necessary for co-ordinating them, and the likely power dynamics between governments in the event of Scottish independence.
- Professor James Mitchell also holds a Senior Fellowship on The Future of the UK and Scotland project. The focus will be the implications of the current iteration of the Scottish Question for local governance in Scotland and for the rest of the United Kingdom.
- Dr Eve Hepburn and Dr Wilfried Swenden co-convene the European Consoritum of Political Research Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism, the largest European network in the field of territorial politics. Wilfried is also an executive member of IPSA RC28, the Research Committee on Comparative Federalism and Federation.
Edinburgh's expertise in the field of territorial politics is unparalleled in Europe. In addition to those mentioned above, staff in PIR (Ailsa Henderson, Fiona Mackay, Valentyna Romanova, Daniel Kenealy), Sociology (Michael Rosie, Ross Bond), Social Policy (Richard Parry), the Law School (Drew Scott, Stephen Tierney), the Centre for Canadian Studies (Annis May Timpson), and a lively group of research students and visiting scholars work across the field of territorial politics.
Our research projects examine the territorial dimension of parties, elections, public policy, identity politics, constitutional politics, citizenship, political culture, the regional dimension of EU integration, regionalism, nationalism and multi-level government.
A full schedule of activities for the semester will be posted below shortly.