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.
Parties, Movements and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum: Explaining the Post-Referendum Party Membership SurgesParty Politics, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 1184-1197Contributions to Journals: Articles
New Scottish government: key takeaways from the SNP deal with the GreensThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Labour party adaptation to multilevel politics: evidence from British general election manifestosBritish Politics, vol. 15, pp. 411-432Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Scottish National PartyThe Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics. Keating, M. (ed.). 1st edition. Oxford University Press, pp. 278-298, 20 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Scottish Greens: Radical and Relevant?The Story of the Scottish Parliament. Hassan, G. (ed.). Edinburgh University Press, pp. 179-188, 10 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Research interests span the areas of elections and political parties, political participation and movement politics.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Politics and International Relations.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Politics and International RelationsSupervising
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.
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.
- SX1011 Sustainability
- PI3562 Political Parties in Britain
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 Mixed Fortunes of the British Green Party: 1989-1992Perspectives on the environment. Holder, J., Lane, P., Eden, S., Reeve, R., Collier, U. (eds.). Avebury, pp. 29-42, 13 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Youth and the environment: Attitudes and actions in the 1990sYouth and Policy, vol. 42, no. Autumn, pp. 6-21Contributions to Journals: Articles
Green Party Members:: A ProfileDelta Publications, Glasgow. 84 pagesBooks and Reports: Books