Margaret Arnott

Margaret Arnott

School of Education and Social Sciences
University of the West of Scotland
Professor of Public Policy


Margaret Arnott is Professor of Public Policy. Margaret joined University of the West of Scotland as Professor of Public Policy in 2013. Previously she was Professor of Public Policy at Glasgow Caledonian University. Over the past twenty five years she has also held posts at University of Edinburgh and the University of Birmingham.  Margaret’s research interests and expertise include politics of public policy, constitutional politics, territorial politics and governance.

She also has a particular interest in the politics of education policy and has extensively researched education policy making.  Margaret also has extensive research experience of Scottish/UK politics. She has undertaken externally funded research in her areas of research expertise including the ESRC funded project exploring Education and Nationalism under the SNP Devolved Government since 2007. She is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Families and Relationships a consortium of Universities on applied policy focused research on families and relationships. Margaret also has extensive experience of research and knowledge transfer for policy makers, practitioners and the wider public. 

Margaret's current research interests and activities are in Public Policy and Governance including devolution and constitutional reform; British politics and territorial governance; education policy; Scottish politics; social justice and public policy. Margaret's current research activities also include research and knowledge transfer for policy makers and practitioners on constitutional implications of Brexit on UK territorial governance.