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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  • The Logic of Transnational Action: The Good Corporation and the Global Compact

    Bennie, L. G., Bernhagen, P., Mitchell, N. J.
    Political Studies, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 733-753
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Transition to STV: Scottish Local Government Elections 2007

    Bennie, L. G.
    Representation, vol. 42, no. 4, pp. 273-287
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Understanding Political Participation: Green Party Membership in Scotland

    Bennie, L. G.
    Routledge, Aldershot. 240 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Towards Moderate Pluralism: Scotland’s Post-Devolution Party System 1999-2002

    Bennie, L. G., Clark, A.
    British Elections and Parties Review, vol. 13, pp. 134-155
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • British Elections & Parties Review: The 2001 General Election

    Bennie, L. (ed.), Rallings, C. (ed.), Tonge, J. (ed.), Webb, P. (ed.)
    Vol. 12, Taylor and Francis. 290 pages
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Introduction and Preface, British Elections & Parties Review: The 2001 General Election

    Bennie, L., Rallings, C., Tonge, J., Webb, P.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Forewords and Postscripts
  • Exploiting New Electoral Opportunities: The Small Parties in Scotland

    Bennie, L. G.
    C. Warhurst and G. Hassan Tomorrow’s Scotland, Lawrence and Wishart, pp. 98-115, 17 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Social Movements

    Bennie, L.
    Understanding Democratic Politics. Axtmann, R. (ed.). First edition. Sage Publications, pp. 164-173
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • British Elections & Parties Review: Vol. 11

    Tonge, J. (ed.), Bennie, L. (ed.), Harrison, L. (ed.), Denver, D. (ed.)
    Vol. 11, Frank Cass Publishers, London
    Books and Reports: Books
  • Harbingers of New Politics? The Characteristics and Attitudes of Candidates in the Scottish Parliament Elections

    Bennie, L., Denver, D., Mitchell, J., Bradbury, J.
    British Elections and Parties Review, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 23-45
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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