- Dr Michael Rosie
- Senior Lecturer in Sociology
- Sociology, School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
- Room 1.01 22 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LF
- ++44 (0)131 651 1651
- Research Interests
- The Sociology of Scotland,Secularisation,nationalism,Religious Identity,national identity,Nationalism and National Identity,Sectarianism,Politics and Religion,Loyalism
Guidance and Feedback Hours
Please note that I am on research leave 2015-16 and meetings are by appointment only. To make an appointment please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 'Skype' meetings can also be arranged by prior appointment: Skype id: dr.michael.rosie
Please note that for family reasons I do not work on Tuesdays.
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
The 'Loyal Orders' in contemporary Scotland; Britishness and Scottishness in Scotland; Sectarianism and anti-sectarianism; inclusivity/exclusivity in Scottish identity; 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 it folded the Institute set up the Scottish Government Yearbook Archive, which I maintain.
I am Editor of Scottish Affairs, Scotland's longest running peer reviewed journal of contemporary social and political issues. I edited Special Issues on Scotland's Referendum (2014), on Tackling Sectarianism (2015), and on Scotland: All Change? (2015).
Between September 2012 and May 2015 I served on the Scottish Government's Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism. I am currently an Independent Advisor to the Scottish Government on the issue of marches and parades.
Recent activities and research includes work for the Scottish Government on marches and parades; investigating national identity and the 2014 Independence Referendum; young Scots' attitudes to Scotland's Independence; localised identities in Caithness.
I continue to study Public Order, Protest & Policing, focussing on the policing of 'crowd events', and in particular the inter-relation between political expression and protest policing.
Previous research includes 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.
Current and recent Doctoral supervisions include postgraduate research on: conservative Protestantism in rural Scotland; communities, borders and storytelling in Northumberland; everyday nationalism and ethnicity in Turkey; museums and nationalism in Turkey; comparative experiences of secularisation in Sweden and Scotland; kinship in Northern Ireland's gay communities; gender, intersectionality and Scottish sectarianism; surveillance and counter-surveillance in UK protest events; Catholic and Pentecostal communities in Chile; nationalism and intellectuals in Montenegro.
Current and recent Masters level supervisions include student research on African diaspora identities and belonging; sacrifice and Irish nationalism; comparisons of nationalism in Iceland and Ireland; understanding nationalism in Malta; Zionism and the End of Exile; gender and multiculturalism in Scotland; post-conflict transitions in South Africa and Northern Ireland; late 20th C. German nationalism; Gender and Identity amongst Northern Irish 'Protestant/Unionist/Loyalist' Women.
(For a more comprehensive list see my 'Google Scholar' profile here)
(2015) 'Scotland: All Change?', Scottish Affairs 24(4) (Abstract)
(2015) '‘Everybody’s Scottish at the end of the day’: Nationalism and Social Justice Amongst Young Yes Voters' (with Maddie Breeze, Hugo Gorringe and Lynn Jamieson), Scottish Affairs 24(4) (Abstract)
(2015) ‘Tackling Sectarianism' (with Cecelia Clegg, Ian Galloway, Margaret Lynch & Duncan Morrow), Scottish Affairs, 24(3) (Abstract)
(2015) 'The Sectarian Iceberg', Scottish Affairs, 24(3) (Abstract)
(2015) Tackling Sectarianism and its Consequences in Scotland: Final Report of The Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland – April 2015 (co-author). Available Online
(2015) '"The Essence of the Union" …’: Unionism, Nationalism and Identity On These Disconnected Islands' (with Eve Hepburn), Scottish Affairs, 24(2) (Abstract)
(2015) 'Religion in Scotland and Norway' (with Arne Bugge Amundsen), in John Bryden et al (eds), Northern Neighbours - Scotland and Norway Since 1800, Edinburgh: EUP (Publisher's Note)
(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. More information
(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.
(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. More information
(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
(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
(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. More information
(2001) 'Religion and sectarianism in modern Scotland', University of Edinburgh PhD. Available online
Current Doctoral Students
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, belonging, and the politics of intolerance. 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: