Academic background

I joined the University of Glasgow’s School of Social and Political Sciences in March 2018 as a part-time researcher at the John Smith Centre for Public Service. In May 2019 I left the Centre to take up a full-time postdoctoral research post in the School working on a Leverhulme Trust-funded project about corporate social responsibility and lobbying, working for Prof. Kelly Kollman. In 2021 I will be appointed to spend two years working on the ESRC-funded Scottish Election Study.

I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Strathclyde in 2019. My dissertation is titled “The Meaning of Mandates: Party Competition and the Programme-to-Policy Linkage”. My PhD was funded by the Carnegie Trust and supervised by Dr. Heinz Brandenburg, Dr. Zac Greene and Prof. Robert Thomson.

Find out more about my research here.


Since 2014 I have taught on a variety of first, second and third year undergraduate courses at Strathclyde. These include:

  • Research Methods for Political Scientists
  • Modern Political Thought (since renamed Political Theory)
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Relations and Global Politics
  • Government and Governance

Other activities

For a complete rundown of my academic history and professional activities, including conference/workshop presentations, grants and training, please download my CV.


I previously coordinated a departmental workshop for fellow School of Government and Public Policy PhD candidates at Strathclyde. It provided a pressure-free, constructive environment for graduate students to present and discuss their research. Its website can be found here.

Expert coding

I have gained extensive experience as an expert coder on various national and international projects. I contributed party position coding to two Voting Advice Application projects, the European University Institute’s EUandI in 2014 and ScotVote 16 in 2016. In 2016/17, I provided research assistance to Dr. Heinz Brandenburg and Dr. Marcel van Egmond, coding more than 30,000 Tweets about the UK’s EU referendum for “Brexit sentiment”.


I was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1991 and grew up in the area. My other interests include vegan cooking, video games and music. I’m a proud lifelong supporter of Aberdeen Football Club 🔴 ⚪