- Professor Nicola McEwen
- Professor of Territorial Politics; Associate Director, Centre on Constitutional Change. Research Leader, ESRC UK in a Changing Europe
- 3.05 St John's Land St John's Street Edinburgh UK
- +44 (0)131 651 1831
- Research Interests
- Territorial Politics, Scottish Politics, Devolution, Multi-level governance, multi-level energy policy, welfare devolution, voting and elections, federal states, identity politics, nationalism
Guidance and Feedback Hours
- Semester 1: Thursdays 14:00-16:00 (except week 2)
Research Areas interested in Supervising
Comparative territorial politics and public policy; devolution and multi-level governance; elections and electoral participation; nationalism and the politics of national identity; Scottish politics.
If you are interested in being supervised by Nicola McEwen, please contact her directly, and explore the options below for more information:
Guidance and Feedback Hours: Thursdays 14:00-16:00 (except week 2). Please email for an appointment at other times.
- PhD Politics (Sheffield)
- MA Political Science (Western Ontario, Canada)
- BA (Hons) Politics and Philosophy (Strathclyde)
Initially appointed as a lecturer in Politics in 2001, Nicola became Senior Lecturer in 2006, and Professor in 2014. She is Associate Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change, which was originally set up as a key investment under the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme. Nicola is Research Leader with the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe programme, and Principal Investigator of one of its prestigious Brexit Priority Grants, examining the Repatriation of Competences and the Implications for Devolution.
Nicola has published widely in the field of territorial politics, multi-level government and nationalism, and is actively involved in informing debate within the wider policy and political community, through media work, public engagement, advisory and consultancy. She was awarded an ESRC Senior Scotland Fellowship to examine the implications of Scottish independence for cross-border co-operation and intergovernmental relations, and her work within the Centre on Constitutional Change focuses on examining the evolution of UK devolution, intergovernmental relations and the implications of Brexit for UK territorial politics. Other recent research projects include work on the territorial politics of welfare, and elections and political behaviour and multi-level environmental and energy policy. She is part of the project on Brexit and the multi-level governance of energy, supported by the UK Energy Research Centre.
Nicola supervises a wide range of Research Masters and PhD students exploring nationalism, devolution, constitutional change, multi-level government and policy, electoral politics and party politics.
Recent Journal Articles & Book Chapters
Between Autonomy and Interdependence: The Challenges of Shared Rule after the Scottish Referendum (with Bettina Petersohn), in The Political Quarterly. 86, 2, 2015, 192-200
Empowered for Action? Capacities and constraints in sub-state government climate action in Scotland and Wales (with Elin Royles), in Environmental Politics, vol 24, 6, 2015, p1034-1054
Regions as Primary Political Communities: A multi-level comparative analysis of turnout in regional elections (with Ailsa Henderson), in Publius. 45, 2, 2015, p.189-215
Constitutional dynamics and partisan conflict: A comparative assessment of multi-level systems in Europe (with Wilfried Swenden and Nicole Bolleyer), in Comparative European Politics. 12, 4-5, 2014, p.531-555
UK Devolution in the Shadow of Hierarchy: Intergovernmental Relations and Party Politics (with Wilfried Swenden), in Comparative European Politics, 12, 4-5, 2014, p488–509
‘Sub-State Climate Pioneers: A case study of Scotland’s energy and climate change programme’, (with Elizabeth Bomberg) Regional and Federal Studies vol 24, 1, 2014: p.63-85
Energy Policy, Nationalism and Scottish Independence, in G Hassan and J Mitchell (eds), After Independence: The State of the Scottish Nation Debate, 2014 (Luath Press)
Devolution and welfare, in Beyond Smith: Contributions to the continuing process of Scottish devolution, e-book published by Future of the UK and Scotland, Centre on Constitutional Change, available at: http://www.centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/sites/ default/files/pages/beyondsmith_FUS.pdf, 2014
If the vote is Yes… How long will the independence negotiations take and what will the main challenges be?, in C Jeffery and R Perman (eds) Scotland’s Decision: 16 Questions to think about for the referendum on 18 September, Available as e-book at http://www. centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/sites/default/files/papers/Scotland%27s%20Decision%20final%20ebook.pdf, 2014
Energy independence and interdependence, in D Bell, D Eiser and K Beckmann (eds), The Economic Consequences of Scottish Independence, e-book available at: http://www.scotecon.org/pdf/SES-Indy-ebook.pdf, 2014
The UK: Multi-level Elections in an Asymmetrical State, in Dandoy, R. & Schakel, A. (eds.).Regional and National Elections in Western Europe: Territoriality of the Vote in Thirteen Countries, Palgrave Macmillan, âÂÂ2013, p.254-274
'Mobilising community energy' (with Elizabeth Bomberg), Energy Policy, vol.51, 2012, p.435-444
'A comparative analysis of voter turnout in regional elections' (with Ailsa Henderson), Electoral Studies, 29, 3, 2010
Books and Special Issues
Constitutional dynamics and partisan conflict: A comparative assessment of multi-level systems in Europe (with Nicole Bolleyer, Wilfried Swenden), Special Issue of Comparative European Politics. 12, 4-5
Governments in Opposition? Intergovernmental Relations in the UK in a Context of Party Political Incongruence (with Wilfried Swenden and Nicole Bolleyer). Special issue of British Journal of Politics and International Relations, vol.14, no.2, 2012.
Revolution or Evolution? The 2007 Scottish Elections (with John Curtice, David McCrone, Michael Marsh and Rachel Ormiston), Edinburgh University Press, 2009
Nationalism and the State: Welfare and Identity in Scotland and Quebec. Regionalism and Federalism Book Series. Presses interuniversitaires europennes/Peter Lang, 2006.
Keating, M and N McEwen (eds), Devolution and Public Policies (Taylor and Francis, 2006)
Topics interested in supervising
I am interested in supervising research on devolution, nationalism and the politics of Independence, Brexit, public policy, multi-level government, parties and elections, political behaviour
If you are interested in being supervised by Nicola McEwen, please see the links below for more information: