Dr Lynn Bennie

Dr Lynn Bennie
Dr Lynn Bennie
Dr Lynn Bennie



Accepting PhDs

Email Address
School of Social Science


Lynn Bennie joined the University 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.

Latest Publications

View My Publications


Research Overview

My research interests focus on the following themes: political participation; party membership and electoral behaviour; democracy and political representation; party adaptation and change; multi-level politics; and social movements, protest and green politics.

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

Email Me

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

ESRC-funded research 'Recruited by Referendum' 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 were Professor James Mitchell (Edinburgh) and Dr Rob Johns (Essex). A book 'Surges in Party Membership: The SNP and Scottish Greens After the Scottish Referendum' is published by Routledge (2024). Ongoing research with my colleague Malcom Harvey has focused on the role and experiences of elected politicians at the local level.  'Defenders of Local Democracy' is supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

Past Research

I have published books and articles on: party membership; green politics; elections, parties and campaigns; political participation; party manifestos; and democratic representation.

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.  Defenders of Local Democracy (2023-2024), funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


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.


Page 4 of 6 Results 31 to 40 of 56

  • Social Movements

    Bennie, L.
    Understanding Democratic Politics: An Introduction. 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
  • Scotland

    Bennie, L.
    International Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics. Barry, J., Frankland, E. G. (eds.). Routledge
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
  • The Labour-Liberal Democrat partnership: a meeting of minds or convenience

    Bradbury, J., Denver, D., Bennie, L., Mitchell, J.
    Agenda, The Journal of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, no. Winter 2001
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Devolution and party change: Candidate selection for the 1999 Scottish parliament and Welsh assembly elections

    Bradbury, J., Denver, D., Mitchell, J., Bennie, L.
    Journal of Legislative Studies, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 51-72
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A Coalition of Minds or Convenience?: Political Attitudes and the Labour-Liberal Democrat Partnership Agreement

    Bradbury, J., Bennie, L., Denver, D., Mitchell, J.
    Agenda, The Journal of the Institute of Welsh Affairs, no. Winter 2000/2001, pp. 25-27
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Candidate selection, devolution and modernization: The selection of labour party candidates for the 1999 Scottish parliament and welsh assembly elections

    Bradbury, J., Mitchell, J., Bennie, L., Denver, D.
    British Elections and Parties Review, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 151-172
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Devolution, Parties and New Politics: Candidate Selection for the 1999 National Assembly Elections

    Bradbury, J., Bennie, L., Denver, D., Mitchell, J.
    Contemporary Wales, vol. 13, pp. 159-181
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Small parties in a devolved Scotland

    Bennie, L. G.
    Scotland: the Challenge of Devolution. Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 68-82, 15 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Show 10 | 25 | 50 | 100 results per page


Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Journals

Contributions to Specialist Publications

Working Papers