Dr Lynn Bennie
Dr Lynn Bennie

Dr Lynn Bennie



Accepting PhDs



Lynn Bennie joined the Department as Lecturer in Politics in 1996 and is now a Reader in Politics. She was previously a Politics Lecturer at what was then the University of Paisley. She has a BA and PhD in Politics from the University of Strathclyde.

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Research Overview

Research interests span the areas of elections and political parties, political participation and movement politics. 

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations.

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Politics and International Relations

Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Politics

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

Recent ESRC-funded research has focused on party membership amongst pro-independence parties following the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, its relationship with movement politics and the impact of membership surges on party organisations.  Co-investigators are Professor James Mitchell (Edinburgh) and Dr Rob Johns (Essex). A book with full results of the study to be published by Routledge.

Past Research

Party membership; green politics; elections, parties and campaigns; poltiical participation; party manifestos.

Funding and Grants

Recruited by Referendum: Party Membership Energised, funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), March 2016-May 2017.  Other ESRC grants on party membership.


Teaching Responsibilities

I am part of a team of course coordinators of our first year course PI1018 Introduction to Politics and International Relations: Democracy and Governance.  I contribute to PI2009, Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and International Relations and to the inter-disciplinary Sixth Centrury course SX1011 Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunity.  I am convenor of the honours course PI3562 Political Parties in Britain.  At postgraduate level, I am programme director of the MSc in Political Activism and Campaigning and teach the course 'From Protest to Power: How to Campaign and Win'.    

I supervise undergraduate dissertations on elections, political participation, political parties, green politics and movement politics.

My current PhD students are examning aspects of support for constitutional change and topics relating to sustainability and green politics.


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  • Corbyn cometh: has 21st-century UK protest politics just fully bloomed?

    Bennie, L.
    The Conversation
    Contributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
  • Party Membership in Britain: A minority pursuit

    Bennie, L. G.
    Party Members and Activists. van Haute, E., Gauja, A. (eds.). Routledge, pp. 169-185, 17 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Gendered Nationalism: The gender gap in support for the Scottish National Party

    Johns, R., Bennie, L., Mitchell, J.
    Party Politics, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 581-304
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Scottish National Party: Transition to Power

    Mitchell, J., Bennie, L. G., Johns, R.
    Oxford University Press, New York. 208 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Who are the SNP Members?

    Mitchell, J., Johns, R., Bennie, L.
    The Modern SNP. Hassan, G. (ed.). Edinburgh University Press, pp. 68-78, 11 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Voter Reactions to a Preferential Ballot: The 2007 Scottish Local Elections

    Denver, D., Clark, A., Bennie, L.
    Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 265-282
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Transformation of Local Politics?: STV and the 2007 Scottish Local Government Elections

    Bennie, L., Clark, A.
    Representation, vol. 44, no. 3, pp. 225-238
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Electoral reform and party adaptation: The introduction of the single transferable vote in Scotland (The Political Quarterly (2008) 79 (241-251))

    Clark, A., Bennie, L.
    Political Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 3, pp. 461-462
    Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
  • Electoral Reform and Party Adaptation: The Introduction of the Single Transferable Vote in Scotland

    Clark, A., Bennie, L.
    Political Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 2, pp. 241-251
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Strategic Actors or Muddling Through?: Political Parties, Local Campaigning and the Single Transferable Vote

    Clark, A., Bennie, L.
    Representation, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 327-340
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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