Malcolm Harvey is a lecturer in Politics, appointed in September 2016. He was previously engaged as a research fellow in the department, firstly attached to Professor Michael Keating's project "Constitutional Futures and Models of Policy-Making"; then through the Centre on Constitutional Change; and latterly helping to organise and participate in a seminar series on the "UK in a Changing Europe" programme, each of which were funded by the ESRC as part of their commitment to the changing Scottish and EU constitutional debates.
Malcolm graduated from the University of Stirling in 2006 with a first-class Honours degree in Politics, and received his MScEcon in Terrorism and International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2008. His PhD, awarded by the University of Stirling in 2015, considered the constitutional consultations run by the Scottish and Welsh Governments during the 2007-11 Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly terms.
He has taught modules on British Politics and Political Theory at both the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde, and lectured on Nationalism at Aberdeen. He now teaches courses on Devolution and Constitutional Change, and on American Politics. Between 2016 and 2018, he completed the University of Aberdeen's Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, earning him the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Malcolm lives in Aberdeenshire with his wife, his daughter and his cat.
- PhD Politics2015 - University of Stirling
- MScEcon Terrorism and International Relations2008 - Aberystwyth University
- BA (Hons) Politics2006 - University of Stirling
Memberships and Affiliations
Prizes and Awards
Fulbright Award Recipient - Visiting Scholarship at Villanova University (2021)
AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations:
Best Undergraduate Lecturer (2019, 2020)
Mental Health Champion (2019, 2020)
Best Support Staff (2021)
Constitutional change, Scottish politics, referendums, consultations and deliberative decision-making processes
Nordic welfare systems, nationalism, terrorism, electoral systems
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 RelationsAccepting PhDs
Scottish Parties and the Scottish Party System - book project, co-authored with Dr Peter Lynch (University of Stirling). Work in progress - draft chapters completed.
Comparing the Scottish and Welsh Party Systems in the Devolution Period - conference paper with Professor Roger Awan-Scully (Cardiff University) being worked into a journal article.
A co-authored book with Professor Michael Keating (University of Aberdeen) examining welfare options available to Scotland as both an independent state and a sub-state within the UK.
Two published articles with Dr Daniel Cetrà (University of Edinburgh) comparing Scotland and Catalonia and experiences of secessionist parties, and government responses to secessionist claims.
- Prepared, organised and delivered lectures and discussion sessions with school pupils at seven secondary schools in the North-East of Scotland as a means of engaging 16 and 17 year olds in the debate on the Scottish independence referendum.
- Delivered guest lectures on the Scottish independence referendum at the University of Tallinn and the University of Vilnius.
- Prepared written evidence for Scottish Parliament Europe and External Affairs Committee on “The Role of Small States in the European Union: lessons for Scotland.”
- Prepared written evidence for Scottish Government consultation on “Ballot Paper Ordering.”
- Invited to guest lecture at the EURAC Winter School on Federalism and Governance at the University of Innsbruck.
- Organised a public seminar series on ‘The UK in a Changing Europe’ in which academic and practitioner panels contributed to the public debate on the UK’s place in the EU, prepared extensive post-event reports.
Associate Fellow, Centre on Constitutional Change
Co-author of several journal articles, conference papers and books chapters with:
- Dr Peter Lynch (University of Stirling)
- Professor Michael Keating (University of Aberdeen)
- Professor Paul Cairney (University of Stirling)
- Professor Roger Awan-Scully (Cardiff University)
- Dr Emily St.Denny (University of Copenhagen)
- Dr Daniel Cetrà (University of Edinburgh)
- Dr Alan Convery (University of Edinburgh)
- Professor Nicola McEwen (University of Edinburgh)
Available to supervise PhD projects on UK constitutional politics, possibilities include but are not limited to: Scottish independence; further autonomy in Wales; intergovernmentalism; referendums; multi-level governance and elections.
For more details, visit https://www.findaphd.com/phds/programme/phd-self-funded-projects-in-social-science/?p5325
Funding and Grants
Fulbright Scholarship at Villanova University (2021) ($25,000 US)
Department of Politics and International Relations Early Career Researcher Travel Grant (2019) (£500)
PI4076: American Politics (course co-ordinator)
PI1018: Introduction to Politics and IR: Democracy & Governance (tutor)
PI2009: Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and IR (tutor)
PI3571: Devolution and Constitutional Change (course-co-ordinator)
PI1518: Introduction to Politics and IR: Power & Conflict (tutor)
PI4569: Nationalism in Modern Europe (co-teacher)
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Significant difference from small difference? Explaining differing party system development in Scotland and WalesContributions to Conferences: Papers
‘Play it again, Sam’: projecting the prizes and pitfalls for the political partiesScottish Left Review, no. 122, pp. 25Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
"Existe-t-il une solution fédérale au casse-tête constitutionnel britannique?""Cinquante déclinaisons de fédéralisme Théorie, enjeux et études de cas". Mathieu, F., Guénette, D., Gagnon, A. (eds.). Presses de l’Université du Québec, pp. 403-414, 11 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
DevolutionThe Oxford Handbook of Scottish Politics. Keating, M. (ed.). Oxford University Press, 15 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Explaining accommodation and resistance to demands for independence referendums in the UK and SpainNations and Nationalism, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 607-629Contributions to Journals: Articles
‘The Song Remains The Same?’: Constitutional Developments in Catalonia and Scotland in 2015European Yearbook of Minority Issues , vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 155-170Contributions to Journals: Articles
La experiencia escocesa en los referenda de devolución y secesiónEUNOMÍA. Revista en Cultura de la Legalidad, vol. 13, pp. 61-79Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Strong and Unstable ElectorateScottish Left Review, no. 100, pp. 1-3Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
'Explaining the differing government responses to self-determination demands in Spain and the UK'Contributions to Conferences: Papers
Constitutional Change, Social Investment and Prevention Policy in ScotlandA Wealthier, Fairer Scotland. Keating, M. (ed.). Edinburgh University PressChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
'The Small State Argument'Debating Scotland. Keating, M. (ed.). Oxford University Press, pp. 152-164, 13 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Devolution in the UK: an ongoing processSysteme der Gewaltenteilung in Europa. Bußjäger, P., Gamper, A., Karlhofer, F., Obwexer, W., Pallaver, G. (eds.). Nomos VerlagsgesellschaftChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Brexit: The SNP, Scotland and the EUBritish Politics Review, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 16-17Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
A Predictable Surprise?Scottish Left Review, vol. 93, pp. 5-6Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
A Social Democratic Future? Political and Institutional Hurdles in ScotlandPolitical Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 2, pp. 249-256Contributions to Journals: Articles
Did Alex Salmond’s resignation lead to the astonishing rise of the SNP?The ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
A Tale of Two Countries?Scottish Left Review, no. 86, pp. 15Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
A bill for more Scottish powers is one thing, making it law is quite anotherThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
'Scotland as a Potential Small State'Small States in the Modern World: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities. Baldersheim, H., Keating, M. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., pp. 145-162, 18 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Dis-United Kingdom: The Multi-National State and the Prospects for a Federal UKContributions to Conferences: Papers
Having your cake and eating it: No independence, but an increasingly SNP Scotland?British Politics Review, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 10-11Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
Petites nacions en un món que es fa gran: El que Escòcia pot aprendreInstitut d'Estudis Autonomics, Barcelona. 193 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Political Engagement and the Scottish Referendum: Supply or Demand Explanations?Contributions to Conferences: Papers
Can new powers for Scotland really be delivered within promised timescale?The ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Scotland could become like its prosperous Nordic neighbours, but that won’t be cheapThe ConversationContributions to Specialist Publications: Articles
Small Nations in a Big World: What Scotland Can LearnLuath Press, Edinburgh. 152 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
The Political Economy of ScotlandBritish Politics Review, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 6-7Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
The Scottish Liberal Democrats and the Independence ReferendumPolitical Parties and the Scottish Independence Referendum 2014. Adamson, K., Lynch, P. (eds.). Welsh Academic PressChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Nordic Aspirations?Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
Scotland and the Nordic Model: Lessons for Scotland from Denmark, Norway and SwedenContributions to Conferences: Papers
The Political Economy of Small European States: And Lessons for ScotlandNational Institute Economic Review, vol. 227, no. 1, pp. R54-R66Contributions to Journals: Articles
The Role of Small States in the European Union: lessons for ScotlandCommissioned by Scottish Parliament European and External Affairs Committee. Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change. 4 pagesBooks and Reports: Other Reports
A Scottish Nordic Model - The Nordic Influence on 'Scotland's Future'Contributions to Conferences: Papers
'At a Crossroad in Social Policy Reform? Choices for Scotland: Evidence from the Baltics and the Nordics'Contributions to Conferences: Papers
A Scottish Nordic Model?Non-textual Forms: Web Publications and Websites
Consulting the Nation: Public Engagement on the Constitution in Scotland and WalesContributions to Conferences: Papers
Getting to Yes: What Can Scottish Independence Campaigners Learn From the Devolution Referendums of 1979 and 1997?Contributions to Conferences: Papers
Inside the National Conversation: The SNP Government and the Politics of Independence 2007-2010Scottish Affairs, vol. 80, no. 1, pp. 91-116Contributions to Journals: Articles
How to lose a referendum in seven ways: thoughts on the upcoming Welsh powers referendumRegional and Federal Studies, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 91-99Contributions to Journals: Articles
Changing the Constitution: How Nationalist Parties in Regional Government are Bringing Change to the UK ConstitutionFederal Governance, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 2-16Contributions to Journals: Articles
A chat’s a chat for a’ that: the SNP’s National Conversation as the Constitutional Policy of a Nationalist Party in GovernmentContributions to Conferences: Papers
From National Conversation to Independence Referendum?: The SNP Government and the Politics of IndependenceContributions to Conferences: Papers