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Organization profile

Organisation profile

The School of Government and Public Policy has four broad areas of research strength:


Elections and representation: With a specialist Centre for Elections and Representation Studies, the School studies voting behaviour, political attitudes and political behaviour. It has particular interests in political institutions and public opinion, political representation, participatory democracy, campaigns and elections, political communication, electoral systems, media and politics, and party activism.


Public policy: With two specialist centres (the European Policies Research Centre and the Centre for the Study of Public Policy), the School analyses policy formation, learning, transfer and effectiveness at Scotland, UK and EU levels. Specific expertise on policies for regional development, energy, environment, security, welfare and migration, and Chinese foreign policy.


Governance and Institutions: Scotland, UK, European and youth parliaments, European institutions, multi-level government and devolution and the politics of nationalism and regionalism. Expertise exists on theories of social movements and social change, Scottish and EU identity, state-society relations in the EU, civil society, religion and politics, environmental politics.


International politics: West European and South-East European politics. International politics, including international public policy, international institutions and global governance, international security, Asian international politics and security, the international role of NGOs, anti-globalisation movements, constructivist theories of security, feminist theory and Chilean politics.

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EU Social Sciences
group cohesion Social Sciences
election Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
regional policy Social Sciences
parliament Social Sciences
decentralization Social Sciences
referendum Social Sciences

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Dirk Ahner

Person: Visiting Professor

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Projects 1988 2022

Research Output 1974 2020

[W]hat lies beneath: using latent networks to improve spatial predictions of political violence

Gallop, M., Dorff, C. & Minhas, S., 17 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Studies Quarterly. p. 1-32 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

political violence
Open Access
Social sciences
Climate change
1 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Energy efficiency
Economic and social effects
Gas emissions
Greenhouse gases
Energy conservation


2019 Britta Baumgarten Memorial Prize

Catherine Eschle (Recipient), May 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

social movement

Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, 2002-present

John Bachtler (Recipient), Jan 2008

Prize: Election to learned society

social science

Academy of Science of South Africa

Robert Mattes (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 1995 2020

Electoral Studies (Journal)

Stefanie Reher (Peer reviewer)
2 Jan 2020 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial board member

How do voters perceive disabled politicians?

Stefanie Reher (Speaker)
24 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

EU Solidarity Fund evaluation findings, European Commission (DG Regio),

Martin Ferry (Speaker)
Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Impact of research on the implementation of EU Cohesion policy on the European Commission's legislative proposals for the reform of the policy

John Bachtler (Participant), Laura Polverari (Participant), Carlos Mendez (Participant), Martin Ferry (Participant), Irene McMaster (Participant), Rona Michie (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPolicy and legislation, Economic and commerce


Increased public and media awareness of voter behaviour at elections

John Curtice (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPublic understanding, information and debate


Influencing the work of Transparency International in monitoring and reporting on global corruption through an online survey.

Richard Rose (Participant), William Mishler (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalPublic understanding, information and debate