Director of the Institute of Governance, University of Edinburgh

I am Director of the Institute of Governance a key hub for research on identities, nationalism and political sociology.

Principal interests are: Scottish society and politics; religious identity in secularised societies; nationalism, national and localised identities; media and nationalism; the politics of prejudice and 'sectarianism'.

Work in progress includes: National identities and Political Attitudes in Post-Devolution Britain; The Crisis of 'Loyalist' Politics in Scotland; religiosity, irreligion and ‘family values'; protests and protest policing.

Recent and ongoing activities and research includes the the study of Public Order, Protest & Policing, focussing on the policing of 'crowd events', and in particular the inter-relation between political protest and protest policing.

Experience

  • 2009–present
    Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Edinburgh
  • 2009–2011
    Deputy Director of the Institute of Governance, University of Edinburgh
  • 2002–2009
    Lecturer in Sociology, University of Edinburgh

Education

  • 2001 
    University of Edinburgh, PhD

Research Areas

  • Sociology (1608)
  • Religion And Society (220405)