Staff Profiles

Michael Rosie

Michael Rosie
Dr Michael Rosie
Senior Lecturer in Sociology;
SociologySchool of Social and Political ScienceUniversity of Edinburgh
Room 1.01; 22 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LF
++44 (0)131 651 1651
Research Interests
Sectarianism, The Sociology of Scotland, Secularisation, nationalism, Religious Identity, national identity, Nationalism and National Identity

Guidance and Feedback Hours

Please note that 'open door sessions' are held on Friday mornings (0900-1100) during regular teaching weeks only.

UoE students can also find alternative (and short) meeting slots via the 'Doodle' poll here.

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Please note that I do not work on Mondays.

Principal interests

The political sociology of Scotland; religious and irreligious identities in secularising societies; nationalism, national and localised identities; media and nation; the politics of prejudice and 'sectarianism'; Loyalism in contemporary Scotland.

Work in progress

Loyalists in contemporary Scotland; Young Scots' attitudes to Scotland's Independence; Britishness and Scottishness in Scotland; Sectarianism and anti-sectarianism; localised identities in Caithness; the 'Marching Season' in urban Scotland; inclusivity/exclusivity in Scottish identity; religious homogamy and the inter-generational 'transmission' of religious identities; comparative analyses of national identities in the UK; religiosity, irreligion and 'family values'; protests and protest policing.

Until August 2014 I was Director of the Institute of Governance, formerly a key hub for research on identities, nationalism and territorial politics. Before closing the Institute set up the Scottish Government Yearbook Archive, which i maintain, in 2014.

I am Associate Editor of Scottish Affairs, Scotland's longest running peer reviewed journal of contemporary social and political issues.

From September 2012 I have served on the Scottish Government's Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism.

My key current research is a collaborative study on The Future of Scotland: Attitudes of 14-17 Year Olds on the Scottish Independence Referendum, two ESRC-funded survey conducted within AQMeN (the Applied Quantitative Methods Network). See our initial findings - released in June 2013 - here. Results from the second survey - released June 2014 - are here.

Recent and ongoing activities and research includes work for the Scottish Government on Sectarianism; investigating national identity and the 2014 Independence Referendum; and closely observing the 'Marching Season'. I continue to study Public Order, Protest & Policing, focussing on the policing of 'crowd events', and in particular the inter-relation between political protest and protest policing.


Postgraduate Supervision

Current and recent Doctoral supervisions include postgraduate research on: media and national identity in Scotland; asylum seekers, media and belonging; football and national identity in South Africa; youth, education and citizenship; the work of an anti-racism organisation in Scotland; military service and national identity; conservative Protestantism in rural Scotland; communities, borders and storytelling in Northumberland; Dutch national identity and the crises of multiculturalism; everyday nationalism and ethnicity in Turkey; museums and identities in Turkey; comparative experiences of secularisation in Sweden and Scotland; exploring recent student protests; Gaelic Catholicism in the Hebrides; household recycling practices; the Muslim communities of Edinburgh; police surveillance of political protest; kinship in Northern Ireland's gay communities.

Current and recent Masters level supervisions include student research on football and national identity in west Africa; youth, education and 'values'; 'A8' migrants in contemporary Scotland; African diaspora identities and belonging; sacrifice and Irish nationalism; comparisons of nationalism in Iceland and Ireland; baseball and identity in Japan and the USA; understanding nationalism in Malta; the 'far-right' in contemporary Scotland; cultural nationalism in Wales; Thatcherism and Scotland; Zionism and the End of Exile; online political activism and Los Indignados; City identities in Edinburgh; gender and multiculturalism in Scotland; Israeli nationalism in practice; 'banal' formulations of Scotland; post-coflict transitions in South Africa and Northern Ireland; nationalism and Islam in Hamas and Hezbollah.

Selected Publications    

(For a more comprehensive list see my 'Google Scholar' profile here)


(2014) ' He will inspire us with courage and bring our enemies to nought: Religion and nationalism in Scotland', in Ferran Requejo and Klaus-Jürgen Nagel (ed), Politics of Religion and Nationalism: Federalism, Consociationalism and Secession, London: Routledge (Publisher's Note)

(2014) Focus: 'What Does "No" Mean?', Discover Society, 13 (Available Online)

(2014) 'A’ the Bairns o’ Adam? The Ethnic Boundaries of Scottish National Identity', in Jennifer Jackson & Lina Molokotos-Liederman (ed), Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries: Conceptualising and understanding identity through boundary approaches, London: Routledge (Publisher's Note)

(2014) 'Scotland's Referendum', Scottish Affairs, 23(3) (Journal website)

(2014) ‘Tall Tales: Understanding Religion and Scottish Independence’, Scottish Affairs, 23(3) (Journal website)

(2014) 'Immigration, Nationalism and Political Parties in Scotland' (with Eve Hepburn), in Eve Hepburn & Ricard Zapata-Barrero (eds), The Politics of Immigration in Multi-level States: Governance and Political Parties, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher's Note).


(2013) Advisory Group On Tackling Sectarianism In Scotland, Advice To Scottish Ministers And Report On Activity 9 August 2012 - 15 November 2013 (co-author). Available Online

(2013) 'Conceptualising national identities: Scotland', in Gianmario Demuro, Francesco Mola, and Ilenia Ruggiu (eds),  Identità e Autonomia in Sardegna e Scozia, Santarcangelo di Romagna: Magioli Editore (Publisher's Note)

(2013) 'Outside the Hothouse: Perspectives Beyond the Old Firm', in John Flint & John Kelly (eds), Bigotry, Football and Scotland, Edinburgh University Press. Chapter available online / Preview at Google Books / Publisher's Note.

(2013) '"We will facilitate your protest": Experiments with Liaison Policing' (with Hugo Gorringe), Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, Advance Access version online, February. Abstract


(2012) 'Who Are You? National Identity and Contemporary Return Migrants in Scotland' in Mario Varricchio (ed), Back to Caledonia: Scottish Return Migration from the Sixteenth Century to the Present, Edinburgh: John Donald. Publisher's Note

(2012) '"Areas cannot be selective": Caithness and the Gaelic Road-Sign Saga', Scottish Affairs 80

(2012) 'Dialogue Police, Decision Making, and the Management of Public Order During Protest Crowd Events' (with Hugo Gorringe and Clifford Stott), Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, 9 (2) Abstract

(2012) 'On an equal footing' (with Nasar Meer), Holyrood, 09 April. Available Online


(2011) 'King Mob: Perceptions, Prescriptions and Presumptions About the Policing of England's Riots' (with Hugo Gorringe), Sociological Research Online, 16 (4) Abstract

(2011) 'It's Grim Down South: A Scottish Take On The "English Riots"' (with Hugo Gorringe), Scottish Affairs, 77 Draft Available

(2011) 'Facilitating Ineffective Protest? The Policing of the 2009 Edinburgh NATO protests' (with Hugo Gorringe, David Waddington & Margarita Kominou), Policing & Society, 22 (2). Abstract

(2011) 'Aye Right? Scotland's Far Right Parties in 2011', Scottish Affairs, 76

(2011) '˜Who Are the Nationalists? A Profile of Scottish National Party Supporters' (with Ross Bond), in Trevor Harrison & Slobodan Drakulic (eds.), Beyond Orthodoxy: New Directions in the Study of Nationalism, University of British Columbia Press. Publisher's Note

(2011) 'Religion, Family Values and Family Law' (with Fran Wasoff), in Jane Mair & Esin Örücü (eds) , The Place of Religion in Family Law: A Comparative Search, Intersentia. Publisher's Note


(2010) 'HMIC Goes to Millbank: Public order policing following student disorder' (with Hugo Gorringe & Clifford Stott), Police Professional, 232, November, pp14-17. Available online

(2010) 'The importance of being English: national identity and nationalism in post-devolution England' (with Ross Bond & Charlie Jeffery), Nations & Nationalism, 16(3), Abstract

(2010) Guest Editor of Themed Section on Englishness, Nations & Nationalism, 16(3). Table of Contents

(2010) 'National Identities and Attitudes to Constitutional Change in Post-Devolution UK: A Four Territories Comparison' (with Ross Bond), Regional & Federal Studies, 20(1), Abstract

(2010) 'The "Scottish" Approach? The discursive construction of a national police force' (with Hugo Gorringe), Sociological Review, 58(1), Abstract


(2009) 'What a Difference a Death Makes: Protest, Policing and the Press at the G20' (with Hugo Gorringe), Sociological Research Online, 14 (5), Abstract

(2009) 'Drifting Apart? Media in Scotland and England after Devolution' (with Pille Petersoo), in Frank Bechhofer & David McCrone [eds], National Identity, Nationalism and Constitutional Change, Palgrave Macmillan Publisher's Note

(2009) '"The Anarchists' World Cup": Respectable Protest and Media Panics' (with Hugo Gorringe), Social Movement Studies, 8 (1), Abstract


(2008) 'National identities and Politics after Devolution' (with Ross Bond), Radical Statistics, 97. Available online

(2008) 'Protestant Action and the Edinburgh Irish', in Martin Mitchell [ed], New Perspectives on the Irish in Scotland, Birlinn Press. Publisher's Note

(2008) 'Do You Know the Way to Auchterarder?' Negotiated management and Mismanagement at the 2005 G8 Summit' (with Hugo Gorringe), British Journal of Sociology, 59 (2) Abstract

(2008) 'The Polis of Global Protest: Policing Protest at the G8 in Scotland' (with Hugo Gorringe), Current Sociology, 56 (5) Abstract


(2007) ˜Where is the British national press?' (with John MacInnes et al), British Journal of Sociology, 58 (2) Abstract

(2007) 'Social Democratic Scotland?' (with Ross Bond), in Michael Keating [ed], Scottish Social Democracy, Brussels: Peter Lang. Publisher's Note


(2006) 'Mediating Which Nation(s)?: National Identities In The 'British' Press' (with Pille Petersoo et al), Social Semiotics 16 (2) Abstract

(2006) 'Pants to Poverty? Making Poverty History, Edinburgh 2005' (with Hugo Gorringe), Sociological Research Online, 11 (1) Abstract

(2006)  'Routes into Scottishness', (with Ross Bond), in Catherine Bromley et al [eds], Has Devolution Delivered?, Edinburgh University Press Preview at Google Books ; Publisher's Note


(2005)  Faith Communities and Local Government in Glasgow (with Cecelia Clegg), Scottish Executive Social Research.  Available online

(2005)  'Religious Discrimination in Scotland', (with Steve Bruce, et al), Ethnic & Racial Studies, 28 (1) Abstract


(2004)  'Nation speaking unto Nation? Newspapers and National Identity in the devolved UK ', (with John MacInnes, et al), Sociological Review, 52 (4) Abstract

(2004)  The Sectarian Myth in Scotland: Of Bitter Memory and Bigotry, Palgrave MacMillan Publisher's Note and sample chapter

(2004)  Sectarianism in Scotland (with Steve Bruce et al), Edinburgh University Press Preview at Google Books; Publisher's Note )


(2003)  'Identity Matters: The Personal and Political Significance of Feeling Scottish' (with Ross Bond), in Catherine Bromley et al [eds], Devolution - Scottish Answers to Scottish Questions? , Edinburgh University Press  Publisher's Note


(2002)  'Death by Committee', Theology in Scotland, IX (2). (Available here)

(2002)  'National Identities in post-devolution Scotland ' (with Ross Bond), Scottish Affairs , 40. Available online


(2001) 'Religion and sectarianism in modern Scotland', University of Edinburgh PhD. Available online


Current Doctoral Students

Fayaz Alibhai
Gilda Neri
Emel Uzun

Recently Completed

Topics interested in supervising

I welcome proposals from prospective research students with interests in the broad areas of political and historical sociology, particularly as relates to identity, nationalism, religion, ethnicity, media and intolerance. More specific areas in which I have a particular interest include the political sociology of Scotland; (ir)religious identities in secularising societies; national and localised identities; the politics of prejudice and 'sectarianism'; Scottish Loyalism; and policing and political protest.

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

PhD in Sociology; MSc (R) Sociology; MSc (R) Socio-Cultural Studies