School of Social and Political Science

Territorial Politics Research Group


The Territorial Politics Research Group is closely affiliated to the Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC). We host interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange activities, engaging academic staff and postgraduates from across the College of Humanities and Social Science, with a research interest and expertise in territorial politics, constitutional law, and constitutional change. The RG members have been at the forefront of research examining the constitutional developments that have dominated territorial politics in recent years, including the politics of independence, Brexit, devolution and multi-level government. This includes a large grant, 'Between Two Unions: The constitutional challenge in the UK and Ireland after Brexit' and Senior Fellowships tied to the ESRC initiatives, the UK in a Changing Europe and the Future of the UK and Scotland.  The Research Group provides a supportive environment for academics to share ideas, research proposals and publications in progress. Colleagues affiliated with the Research Group  can disseminate cutting edge academic research and analysis to the policy community and the public via the Centre on Constitutional Change. The Centre hosts a variety of digital platforms and knowledge exchange activities.


Key Research Themes:

  • Brexit and its impact on the UK's territorial constitution
  • Comparative federalism
  • Secessionist movements and the politics of independence
  • Nationalism and identity politics
  • Gender and constitutional change
  • Devolution and multi-level government
  • Territorial party politics
  • Multi-level elections and electoral behaviour
  • Devolution and public policy 


Research Group Convenor(s):

Karlo Basta

Meryl Kenny


Research Group Activities:

The Territorial Politics Research Group provides peer support to members in the form of  workshops across our research themes, where established academics and research students can present work in progress or seek advice on research ideas. Our seminars also offer feedback on draft research proposals, with opportunities for feedback on successive versions of proposals. We provide career development opportunities, especially in strengthening the skills associated with achieving research impact. This includes opportunities to, and support for, writing blogs, briefing papers, giving evidence to parliamentarians, engaging with officials, and connecting to wider non-academic audiences via the CCC. Members will also have opportunities to organise or participate in our extensive series of knowledge exchange events, including public events, academic-practitioner workshops, webinars and the CCC podcast, Constitutionally Sound.


Research-Led Teaching:

Please find below a list of courses that our representative of the Territorial Politics Research Group's work;

  • Comparative Politics of Secession, PLIT10134 (UG)
  • Comparing Scottish Devolution, PLIT10080 (UG)
  • The Politics of the UK Constitution, PLIT10119 (UG)
  • Nations and Nationalism, SCIL10065 (UG)
  • British Government, PLIT10103 (UG)
  • Gender, Power and Representation, PLIT10113 (UG)
  • Public participation in democracy and governance, PLIT10098 (UG)
  • Politics and Public Policy, PLIT10150 (UG)
  • Parliamentary Studies, PLIT10091 (UG)


Research Group Members:

To be confirmed

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