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Marc Geddes

Marc Geddes
Dr Marc Geddes
Lecturer in British Politics
Office B.09 19 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 651 3784
Research Interests
British politics, parliamentary studies, UK Parliament, interpretive political science, evidence in politics, ethnography

Guidance and Feedback Hours

  • Thursdays, 1.00pm-3.00pm (during term time only), or by appointment

My research

My research is all about the role of parliaments and legislatures and their place in democratic politics. So, I'm interested in:

  • How elected representatives interpret their role, especially with respect to scrutinising the government through committees;
  • The role of evidence, knowledge and scientific advice in parliamentary settings; and,
  • The organisation of legislatures and the role that parliamentary staff play in supporting elected representatives.

I have recently completed a four-year ESRC project entitled Interpreting Parliamentary Scrutiny that explores a lot of these issues, and focused predominantly on the UK Parliament.

More generally, I am also interested in:

  • Understanding the everyday life of politicians and how this affects their capacities to act as representatives;
  • How research undertaken by academics, think tanks and others influences or affects policy-making processes; and,
  • The way we can effectively study political phenomena, particularly engaging with debates on interpretive political science.

In addition to my role at the University of Edinburgh, I am the Co-Convener for the Political Studies Association Parliaments Group, about which you can find out more here.

Selected publications

For further details and to keep abreast of my research outputs, please see my profile. For enquiries about recent conference papers and current work-in-progress, please contact me directly.


(2017) 'Committee Hearings of the UK Parliament: Who gives evidence and does this matter?', Parliamentary Affairs. Early view available here.

(2017) 'A Recipe for Impact? Exploring knowledge requirements in the UK Parliament and beyond', Evidence and Policy. Co-authors: K. Dommett and B. Prosser. Early view available here.

(2014) ‘The Silent Revolution: A political history of the politics of patronage and reform’, Contemporary British History 28:1, pp.24-55. Co-author: M. Flinders. Available here.

Book chapters

[Forthcoming] (2017) ‘Towards an Interpretive Parliamentary Studies’, in J. Brichzin, D. Krichewsky, L. Ringel and J. Schank (eds.) The Sociology of Parliaments. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Co-author: R.A.W. Rhodes.

[Forthcoming] (2017) ‘Supporting Members’, in C. Leston-Bandeira and L. Thompson (eds.) Exploring Parliament, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Co-author: Jessica Mulley.

[Forthcoming] (2017) ‘Democracy: Problems and challenges, opportunities and design’, in K. Larres and R. Wittlinger (eds.) Understanding Global Politics: Actors and themes in international affairs, London: Routledge. Co-author: M. Flinders.

Blogs and public engagement

(2017) 'A Place Where MPs Try To Shine', commissioned article for Donmar Theatre production 'Committee... (A New Musical)'. More information here.

(2017) 'New parliament offers new opportunities for impact', Research Professional, article published on 10 July (digital version here).

(2017) 'The Remainers who now chair select committees will harry the government over Brexit', Democratic Audit, published on 14 July here. Co-authors: Mark Goodwin and Stephen Bates.

(2017) 'The Contenders for Select Committee Chairs, 2017 edition', PSA Parliaments Group Blog, published on 10 July here.

(2017) 'Weak Government, Strong Parliament? A preview of Theresa May's legislative challenges', LSE British Politics and Society Blog, published on 20 June here. Co-authors: Alexandra Meakin and Louise Thompson.

(2017) 'Dilemmas of Accountability: Will the Brexit committee succeed?', PSA Insight Blog, published on 30 March here.

(2017) 'Rubbing Shoulders: An understanding of networks, relationships and everyday practices', LSE Impact Blog, published on 16 January here. Co-authors: Kate Dommett and Brenton Prosser.

(2016) 'Why do we blog, anyway?', PSA Parliaments blog, published on 07 December here.

(2016) ‘The Consequences of Anti-Politics’, Crick Centre Blog, published on 17 June here

(2016) ‘Mary Creagh has become the new chair of the Environmental Audit Committee: will she be a catalyst or a chieftain?’, PSA Parliaments Blog, published online on 10 February 2016 here.

(2015) ‘Interpreting Parliament, but how?’, PSA Parliaments Blog, published online on 21 September 2015 here.

(2015) ‘In Defence of Prime Minister’s Questions’, Crick Centre Blog, published online on 21 January 2015 here.

(2014) ‘Dismissal, Diversity and Public Appointments’, Political Insight Blog, published online on 21 February here. Co-author: Felicity Matthews.


2016, PhD in Politics (Sheffield)

2012, MA in Politics with Research Methods (Sheffield)

2011, BA in History and Politics (Sheffield)

Other professional involvement

Associate Fellow, Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, Department of Politics, University of Sheffield. Find out more here.

Member, Study of Parliament Group (registered charity no.  251208).

Member, Political Studies Association. Find out more here.

Topics interested in supervising

I would be interested in supervising PhD applicants within parliamentary and legislative studies, especially on British politics. I am also happy to supervise PhD students on UK governance issues and/or those interested in adopting interpretive approaches to political science.

If you are interested in being supervised by Marc Geddes, please see the links below for more information:

PhD in Politics; MSc (R) Politics