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Daniel Kenealy
Daniel Kenealy
Lecturer in Public Policy
Social Policy School of Social and Political Science
University of Edinburgh
2.01 21 George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0) 131 650 4080
British government British political history UK foreign policy UK national security policy Devolution and constitutional change in the UK History and theory of European integration Interviewing elites Archival research Document analysis


Email (Daniel.Kenealy@ed.ac.uk) is the best way to get in touch if the matter is urgent. I will not be holding regular weekly office hours during the summer but I will be available so if you'd like to meet please get in touch.


I joined the Social Policy subject area in April 2015, having previously served as a Lecturer and Deputy Director at the University's Academy of Government.

Although my PhD employed classical realism to understand the history of European integration I have, since 2013, spent most of my time focused on British government and politics. Specifically, I have researched the UK constitutional change process; devolution to Scotland and England's cities and city-regions; and British foreign policy including the UK-EU relationship and Scotland's "foreign" policy

My interest in British government is both contemporary and historical and my work involves a lot of travelling to conduct elite interviews, document analysis, and work in archives. Whenever possible, I like to work collaboratively with those employing quantitative approaches. My current research is focused on the various traditions of thought that have shaped Conservative party foreign policy, contemporary issues in British foreign and national security policy.

I have presented my research at the University of Montreal, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the European Policy Centre, and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik. I regularly offer comment and analysis on British and EU politics in Scottish, UK and European media outlets. During 2013-14 I served as expert adviser to the Scottish Parliament's European and External Relations Committee and have presented oral evidence to that committee on several occasions, as well as to the House of Commons' Scottish Affairs Committee.


In the 2017-18 academic year I will be Personal Tutor for 3rd year Social Policy undergraduate students and will convene and lecture on two undergraduate courses - 'Social Policy and Society' and 'Understanding Public Policy'.