Dr Malcolm Harvey

Dr Malcolm Harvey
Dr Malcolm Harvey
Dr Malcolm Harvey

BA, MScEcon, PhD, FHEA


Accepting PhDs

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+44 (0)1224 273429
Office Address

F33 Edward Wright Building
School of Social Sciences
Dunbar Street
AB24 3EN

School of Social Science


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 Politics 
    2015 - University of Stirling 
  • MScEcon Terrorism and International Relations 
    2008 - Aberystwyth University 
  • BA (Hons) Politics 
    2006 - University of Stirling 

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

PIR International Exchange Tutor

School of Social Science Teaching and Learning Committee

Personal Tutor

External Memberships

Associate Fellow, Centre on Constitutional Change (2013-present)

Co-Convenor: Territorial Politics Specialist Group, Political Studies Association (2019-present)

Board Member: EU+ME campaign (2020-2022)


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)


Research Overview

Constitutional change, Scottish politics, referendums, consultations and deliberative decision-making processes

Nordic welfare systems, nationalism, terrorism, electoral systems

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.

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Politics and International Relations

Accepting PhDs

Current Research

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.

Past Research

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.

Knowledge Exchange

  • 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)


Teaching Responsibilities

Semester 1:

PI4076: American Politics (course co-ordinator)
PI1018: Introduction to Politics and IR: Democracy & Governance (tutor)
PI2009: Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and IR (tutor)

Semester 2:

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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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

Contributions to Conferences

Contributions to Journals

Contributions to Specialist Publications

Non-textual Forms