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Daniel Kenealy
Daniel Kenealy
Lecturer and School Director of Quality
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 and politics British political history European integration Devolution and constitutional change in the UK International Relations theory Archival research Document analysis Elite interviewing Historiography

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.

I am currently working on two projects: 

  • The first is focused on the statecraft and territorial politics of the Thatcher government in the 1980s, and especially on relations between the UK government and Britain's cities.
  • The second applies classical realism to UK foreign policy, both contemporary and historical. Historically, I am undertaking research on the foreign policy of the Thatcher government. I am also working on the impact of the Iraq war on foreign policy discourse and debates since 2003.

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)
  • Personal tutor, 3rd year Social Policy students
  • Programme director, MSc in Social Research (semester 1 only)

What does the School Director of Quality do?

In my role as School Director of Quality I work closely with the directors of the Undergraduate and Graduate Schools, and the School's Dean, to lead the development, implementation and maintenance of teaching standards. Each of the University's schools has such a position and a network of Quality Directors shares best practice across the College, and beyond that the University. Although there is an external compliance aspect to the role - we have to meet standards set by, for example, the Quality Assurance Agency - the role is really about making sure that we are sharing best practice around teaching, thinking holistically about how to enhance the overall educational offering of the School and the student experience, and working to enhance offerings in the area of student development.

Current and previous roles

  • Director of Teaching Quality, 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