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Daniel Kenealy
Daniel Kenealy
Lecturer and Director of Quality Assurance & Enhancement, School of Social and Political Science
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 Devolution and constitutional change in the UK Interviewing elites Archival research Document analysis

How to get in touch ... 

From 18 September to 4 December I will be available as follows:

  • For students on Social Policy and Society on Mondays, 1.30-3.00;
  • For students on Understanding Public Policy on Mondays, 3.00-4.30.

If I am your personal tutor or programme director - of if you would like to meet to discuss ideas about teaching within the School - then please email me and we can arrange appointments as necessary.

My research interests ...

Although my PhD employed classical realism to understand the history of European integration I have, since 2013, spent most of my time researching 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. 

I am currently working on projects in two areas.

  • The first is focused on the history of the relationship between central government and the UK's major cities. I am particularly interested in the nature of the relationship during the 1980s and the response of Labour councils to the policies of Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government. This stems from, an adds a historical dimension, to my recent work on the Conservative government's current devolution deals for England's cities and city-regions.
  • The second is focused on UK foreign policy. I am interested in the impact of the Iraq war on foreign policy discourse and debates since 2003 and, as part of that, I am researching the role and impact of The Chilcot Report and the use of historical analogies in debates about intervention. Connected to that I am interested in using recently released government documents to explore the development of UK foreign policy during the 1980s and early 1990s.

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.

My teaching ... 

In the 2017-18 academic year:

  • Convener and lecturer, 'Social Policy and Society' (Undergraduate)
  • Convener and lecturer, 'Understanding Public Policy' (Undergraduate)

Current and previous roles

  • Director of Teaching Quality & Enhancement, School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Aug 2017-present
  • Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh, Apr 2015-present
  • Special Adviser to the Senior Vice-Principal, University of Edinburgh, Feb 2016-Mar 2017
  • Deputy Director and Lecturer, University of Edinburgh Academy of Government, Jan 2013-Mar 2015
  • Director, Master of Public Policy, University of Edinburgh, Jan 2013-Jul 2016
  • Deputy Director, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, Aug-Dec 2012
  • Teaching Fellow in Politics & International Relations, University of Edinburgh, Aug-Dec 2012
  • Adviser to the Vice-Principal (Public Policy), University of Edinburgh, Aug 2011-Jul 2012
  • PhD in Politics & International Relations, University of Edinburgh, Sep 2008-Aug 2012