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Daniel Kenealy

Daniel Kenealy
Daniel Kenealy
2.01 21 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 650 4080
Research Interests
British government and politics, British political history, British foreign policy, Diplomacy and para-diplomacy, European integration, Classical realism (International Relations), English School (International Relations), Archival research, Document analysis, Elite interviews, Historiography

How to get in touch

Please email me and we can arrange appointments as necessary.

My research interests

Although my PhD employed classical realism to understand the history of European integration I spent most of my time between 2013 and 2017 researching British constitutional politics. Specifically, I have researched the constitutional change process; devolution to Scotland and England's cities and city-regions; and Scotland's external relations (or 'para'-diplomacy).

I am now returning to my research on classical realist and English School approaches to International Relations with a view to applying them to contemporary challenges facing UK foreign policy, including Brexit. Alongside this, I am undertaking historical research on processes of government and policymaking during the Heath, Thatcher and Major premierships, spanning both domestic and foreign policy. My work involves a lot of travelling to conduct elite interviews, document analysis, and work in archives.

I have presented my research at the University of Montreal, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the European Policy Centre in Brussels, and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. During 2013-14 I served as expert adviser to the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee and have presented oral evidence to that committee on several occasions, as well as to the House of Commons' Scottish Affairs Committee.

My teaching

In the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Convener and lecturer, 'Social Policy and Society' (Undergraduate)
  • Convener and lecturer, 'Understanding Public Policy' (Undergraduate)
  • Personal tutor, 3rd year Social Policy students

My other roles

Since September 2017, I am the School's Director of Teaching Quality, having previously served as a Special Adviser to the Senior Vice Principal (2016-2017), Director of the Master of Public Policy (2013-2016), Deputy Director of the Academy of Government (2013-2014), and Deputy Director of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (2012-2013).

Topics interested in supervising

I would be keen to supervise students interested in: the UK constitution and/or devolution; intergovernmental relations; the external relations and diplomacy of sub-national governments; UK foreign policy including the UK-EU relationship; central-local relations in the UK, contemporary and historical.

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

PhD in Politics; PhD in Social Policy; MSc (R) Politics; MSc (R) Social Policy