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Lecturer in Social Policy, Deputy Director at the Academy of Government, The University of Edinburgh

Daniel Kenealy is lecturer in social policy and deputy director of the Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh. His principal research interests are (1) Governance of the UK, with an emphasis on devolution Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England's city-regions, devolution finance, and intergovernmental relations; (2) Political history, with an emphasis on the early years of Scotland's devolved government and public policy during the Thatcher years; and (3) The Labour Party, with an emphasis on Scottish Labour and the history of the party since the 1970s.

Daniel's earlier research focused on the history of the EU and Scotland's place in the EU. During 2013-14 Daniel was expert adviser to the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee for the inquiry 'The Scottish Government’s proposals for an independent Scotland: membership of the European Union'.


  • 2015–present
    Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh
  • 2013–present
    Deputy Director, Academy of Government, University of Edinburgh


  • 2012 
    University of Edinburgh, Ph.D.
  • 2008 
    University of Edinburgh, M.Sc. (Research) EU Law and Politics