School of Social and Political Science

Daniel Kenealy

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I completed a PhD in Politics & International Relations at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. My research applied classical realism to the political history of the European Union. I joined the School, initially as a Teaching Fellow in Politics & International Relations and moved to the Social Policy subject area in April 2015. I have served as Deputy Director of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (2012-2013), Deputy Director of the Academy of Government (2013-2014), Director of the Master of Public Policy (2013-2015), Adviser to the Senior Vice Principal (2016-2017), and School Quality Assurance Director (2017-2019). In 2019 I was a DAAD Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. In 2020 I was a visiting researcher at Carleton University.

Current teaching and administration

  • Understanding Public Policy (pre-honours undergraduate), Course Organiser.
  • Evidence, Politics & Policy (pre-honours undergraduate), Course Organiser.
  • Social Policy Undergraduate Exams Board Convener.

Research interests

Research interests

British politics, Devolution and UK constitution, Scottish government and politics, UK foreign policy, European integration

Under the umbrella of a broad interest in British politics my research is focused on constitutional politics and devolution and foreign and national security policy. In 2017, with colleagues at Edinburgh, I authored the book Publics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UKI am currently completing a book (for publication in 2021) on the current state of governance and democracy in the UK, in the context of two decades of constitutional 'innovation' and academic literature on the British Political Tradition. I have published my research in journals including West European Politics, Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of European Integration, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, European Security, European Law Journal, British Politics, and Diplomacy and Statecraft.

I have an ongoing interest in European integration and am lead editor of the textbook The European Union: How Does it Work?

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. I have 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.

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