Daniel Kenealy
Dr Daniel Kenealy
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 The UK constitution Devolution Scottish government


I am on research leave until 31 July 2020. For most of this period I will not be based in Edinburgh, but will be contactable by email. Between March to June 2020, I will be a Visiting Fellow at Carleton University in Ottawa and will not be available for in person meetings in Edinburgh.


I completed a PhD in Politics & International Relations at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. My research applied classical realism to the political history of the European Union. I joined the School, initially as a Teaching Fellow in Politics & International Relations and moved to the Social Policy subject area in April 2015. I have served as Deputy Director of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (2012-2013), Deputy Director of the Academy of Government (2013-2014), Director of the Master of Public Policy (2013-2015), Adviser to the Senior Vice Principal (2016-2017), and School Quality Assurance Director (2017-2019). In 2019 I was a DAAD Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.



My research is both historical and contemporary, involving archival work in Edinburgh and London, elite interviews, and the analysis of government documents. Under the umbrella of a broad interest in British politics my research is focused on constitutional politics and devolutionIn 2017, with colleagues at Edinburgh, I authored the book Publics, Elites and Constitutional Change in the UK

I have published my research in journals including West European Politics, Regional and Federal Studies, Journal of European Integration, Millenium, European Security, European Law Journal, British Politics and Diplomacy and Statecraft.

I have published on and continue to research:

  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Scotland's external relations
  • The Political Constitution
  • UK foreign policy and its relationship with the EU

I am currently working on a book on the future of democracy in the UK, which reflects on the past 20 years of constitutional innovation, placing them in the context of the British Political Tradition.


I have an ongoing interest in European integration and am lead editor of the textbook The European Union: How Does it Work? 

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 in Brussels, and Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin. I have 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.

Current teaching and administration

  • I am on research leave until 31 July 2020.