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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Alexandra Remond

 Alexandra Remond
Alexandra Remond
Politics and International Relations School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Britain, Canada, federal states, identity politics, nationalism, Politics, Comparative Politics, British-EU politics, Scotland, Political parties, Territorial Politics, Nationalism, Nationalism and National Identity, Scottish Independence Referendum, Quebec-Scotland comparisons, Political identities and citizenship, Election campaigning, Electoral Systems in Divided Societies, Electoral and Referendum behaviour, Montenegro, the Balkans

Alexandra completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2017.  She  is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre on Constitutional Change researching the impact of Brexit on the UK devolved arrangements.


Professor Ailsa Henderson and Dr Wilfried Swenden

PhD Research:

The thesis uncovered the effects of independence referendums on secessionist dynamics, including state-creation, peace and stability, and long-term implications for the future of the secessionist movement or international law. It used a quantitative and qualitative mixed-method approach which included the creation of a new dataset on secessionist movements and independence referendums from 1905 to 2014, and interviews with Montenegrin and politicians, academics and civil society representatives.

The focus is on independence referendums which have been recognised by both the central authority of the state and the secessionists. It investigates whether and how they affect secessionist dynamics and the likelihood of achieving a new independent state. Using a mixed method approach it unpacks the complex relationship between the specific context within which a secessionist movement takes place, the presence of an independence referendum and the secessionist outcome.

The research is also concerned with the consequences of the referendum designs and campaigns on the electorate, notably its polarization, and how they affect the likelihood of secession, peaceful transition and may set internal and external (international) precedents.

The PhD thesis covers: International Relations and state-recognition, constitutional law, nationalism, ethnic conflict, political parties, political behaviour, referendums and voting systems, surveys and opinion polls assessment, referendum campaigns, electoral polarization, and media.


Daniel Keanely, Jan Einchhorn, Lindsay Paterson, Richard Perry and Alexandra Remond. 2017. Constitutional Change in The UK after the Scottish Independence Referendum. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Remond, A. 2017. La Nation des Lumières: Intellectual Superiority in French Nationalism’, in Aspects of Nationhood: Ancient and Modern, edited by Peck, A. Pickering and Chatto Publishers, LTD, to be published in 2017. 

Remond, A. (2015), Power-sharing in Africa: Does It Still Have a Role to Play?E-International Relations. 

Remond, A. (2011), The Iron Law of Oligarchy,  Aberdeen Sociology Journal, Sepcial edition (1.2).

Conferences and workshops:

  • PhD Journey Conference at the University of Aberdeen in Autumn 2012 and benefited from training on writing, publishing and presentation Skills.
  • YouGov workshop on opinion polling 2014, University of Cambridge.
  •  Invited to present at Global relations forum on referendums and their implication for political apathy. July 2015, Istanbul Turkey. 
  • 3rd Annual Nottingham Postgraduate Conference in Political and International Relations. 12th of June 2015. Presented a paper entitled Independence Referendums: Where, when, and with what consequences. 


MPhil International Relations and Politics, University of Cambridge, UK

MA (Hons) Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen, UK


ESRC Scholarship - (2014-2017).

British Academic Scholarship (British Government) – (June 2013)

Aberdeen Development Trust (Research Grant) – (May 2012)

Bourse au Merite (French Government) – (2009-2013)

EUSA Teaching Award Nominee 2015/2016 (Best student who tutors)

Research experience:

Research assistant in: Public and elite engagement with how the UK is governedDifferences in mass and elite attitudes to the constitutional change process after the Scottish referendum and before the 2015 Westminster elections. Funded by ESRC Urgent Grant Scheme.

Tutoring (University of Edinburgh):

Sep-Dec 2015/2016: Core Quantitative Data Analysis (Postgraduate)

Jan-April 2016/2017: Introduction to Political Data Analysis (Undegraduate) 

Sep-Dec 2006: Introduction to Politics and International Relations - Study Skills (Undergraduate)

Tutoring (University of Aberdeen):

Sep-Dec 2013: International Sustainable Developement (Undegraduate)

Related work experience:

I worked in two research centres at the University of Aberdeen in International Security and Sustainable Development and gained a  lot of experience organising and managing event such as roundtable discussions and seminars, and coordinating up to 15 volunteers. I conducted field research in South Africa for two months for my undergraduate dissertation and have experience managing sensitive data. 

Quantitative methods training:

  • Regression Modelling for Categorical Data, Summer School of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, Edinburgh Univeristy, June 2015.

  • Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, July-August 2013. 

Research groups: