Research Associate (Politics), University of Glasgow
I'm currently a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Glasgow, where I'm working on a project investigating the relationship between corporate social responsibility practices and lobbying access in the UK. Outwith this project, my main research interest is political parties, specifically the creation, fulfilment and political significance of their campaign promises. I completed my PhD at the University of Strathclyde in 2019 with a dissertation on this topic, supervised by Heinz Brandenburg, Robert Thomson and Zac Greene. Prior to this, I obtained an MSc in Political Research at the same institution in 2014, having originally graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2013. My personal interests include video games, vegan cooking and Aberdeen Football Club.
The conventional wisdom holds that politicians cant be trusted to keep their promises, yet decades of research across numerous advanced democracies shows the opposite. In truth, political parties reliably carry out the...