Nicola McEwen

Co-Director, Centre on Constitutional Change
University of Edinburgh

Biography

Nicola McEwen is a Professor of Politics at the University of Edinburgh, and Associate Director of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC). She was appointed ESRC Senior Scotland Fellow, exploring Scotland’s external and intergovernmental relations in the event of independence. This external dimension to the future of Scotland remains the focus of her research within the SCCC. A political scientist at Edinburgh since 2001, Nicola specialises in research on devolution, territorial politics and multi-level governance. Within these broad fields, her research has examined: nationalism and territorial politics; intergovernmental relations; public policy (especially social welfare and energy policy); parties and elections; and voting behaviour.

Her focus is primarily on Scotland, but often also addresses developments in similar ‘sub-state nations’, including Quebec, Catalonia, the Basque Country and Flanders. Nicola is also Associate Director of Research at Edinburgh’s School of Social and Political Science, and Managing Editor of the journal, Regional and Federal Studies, the leading European journal in the field of territorial politics.

She is a frequent contributor to radio, television and print news outlets, offering commentary on elections, government and policy, and the Scottish constitutional debate. Recent publications can be found at:

http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/staff/research/mcewen_nicola

Expertise

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RT @asenevents: CALL FOR PAPERS ASEN Annual Conference 'Nationalism and Multiculturalism' 22-23 April at @EdinburghUni Abstract Submis…

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This week marks 5 years since #indyref. What has changed? What remains the same? @McEwen_Nicola @MalcH @EveVHepburn… https://t.co/I0P6tkLNJ9

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RT @psa_parl: We're counting down to #Parl19 by highlighting an upcoming paper each Friday. This week: ‘‘Strengthening interparliamentary r…

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Thoughts from @ailsa_henderson on the implications of David Cameron's 19 September 2014 speech. https://t.co/U7EHBSqYNQ

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Posts by this author

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Will Ruth Davidson’s resignation have an impact on Brexit?

In a blog originally published at the UK in a Changing Europe, Professor Nicola McEwen discusses the implications of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson's resignation.
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Scottish Parliament at 20: what does the future hold?

In this week's instalment of our Twenty Years of Devolution blog series CCC Co-director Professor Nicola McEwen looks at how Brexit in particular will shape the Scottish Parliament's future.
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Towards a Devolution Backstop? UK government-devolved government relations after Brexit.

Two years after the invocation of Article 50, CCC Co-Director Professor Nicola McEwen analyses the state of relations between London and the devolved administrations, warning that if Brexit damages the autonomy of the devolved institutions without increasing their influence, relationships between the UK’s territories may become ever more strained.

Brexit and its Implications for Scottish Devolution

With a month to go till Brexit Day, Professor Nicola McEwen, Co-Director at the Centre, examines what Brexit will mean for Scotland's devolved government.
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The Withdrawal Agreement and Devolution

Disagreements between the UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments are about more than inter-party rivalry, says Nicola McEwen, they reflect a very real disagreement about how policy can be made - and by whom.
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The Borders of Brexit

Theresa May’s efforts to keep her DUP allies onside may, suggests Prof Nicola McEwen, end up easing Nicola Sturgeon’s path to independence following any subsequent referendum on the subject.