The purpose of the Scottish Parliament is to hold
the Scottish Government to account, scrutinise legislation and represent the
people of Scotland by debating issues of national importance.
The Academic Fellowship Scheme, which is managed
and hosted by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), enables
academics to work on projects with the Parliament in support of this purpose.
The scheme aims to:
the Parliament with specialised resources which allow it to undertake and communicate analysis which would otherwise not be possible
the use of academic knowledge, skills and research within the Parliament
knowledge and understanding of the Parliament within the academic sector.
We have identified 8 topics for 2018 where we
invite bids (more information here)
- International trade
- Innovation in farming and food
- Effectiveness of economic development
- Digital justice
- Post legislative scrutiny
- Health – integration of services
- Good Food Nation
Plus we also invite bids through an open call,
where we invite proposals from academics on any topic.
Deadline for submitting applications: 5 January 2018.
Find out how the scheme works here
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Current SPICe Research Fellows
Professor Hugh Bochel
Hugh Bochel, of the University of Lincoln started his fellowship with the
Scottish Parliament in March 2017. Hugh has extensive experience of research
and publication across a wide range of topics associated with public policy.
project will be looking at the diversity of committee witnesses in the Scottish
Parliament. This project reflects the Parliament’s desire to examine the
effectiveness of its committees in achieving a diversity of witnesses giving
oral evidence, with an initial focus on gender diversity and consideration of
the promotion of equal opportunities for all. This is very much in line with
the ideas of openness and transparency that were associated with the creation
of the Parliament.
on existing data from the Parliament, academic and related literature,
information from other legislatures, and interviews with MSPs and parliamentary
officials, the research will inform a report to be published during 2017.
Dr Paulina Trevena
Paulina is a researcher at the University of Glasgow where she is currently working on the Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) project.
Paulina specialises in international migration and is particularly interested in migrant integration with a focus on the social aspects of mobility, migrants’ labour market positioning and occupational mobility, and issues around education (schooling, access to FE/HE, transferability of educational qualifications).
Paulina’s project with the Scottish Parliament will explore whether Scotland would benefit from introducing a social integration strategy as a way of attracting and retaining migrants post-Brexit. This project ties in with the Scottish Government’s goal of growing Scotland’s population through immigration. The considerable increase in immigration levels to Scotland over the last decade is mainly attributable to EU migration. However, Brexit will most likely seriously limit future migration flows from EU countries. Therefore, Scotland needs to consider ways of increasing its attractiveness as a destination country to potential migrants – including those who are currently residing in other parts of the UK. This project will evaluate the idea of introducing an inclusive social integration strategy for all types of migrants (asylum seeker and refugees, economic migrants, students, those arriving as family members) from an attraction/retention perspective.
Previous SPICe Research Fellows
Alison MacDonald of the School of Law, University of Aberdeen, started her fellowship with The Scottish Parliament in April 2017. Alison’s main research interest is marine law and marine spatial planning.
Alison investigated opportunities for fisheries management following the UK’s departure from the European Union.
Wright is a PhD Candidate in International Public Health Policy, in
the Department of Social Policy, University of Edinburgh.
research interests are in health policy, policy implementation, uses of
evidence, and alcohol policy. She has a particular interest in understanding
how national health policies are implemented at local level. Her PhD research
is focused on the process of alcohol policy implementation in Scotland, and how
evidence is used in this process.
Andreangeli is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Arianna's
research interests lie in the area of EU and domestic competition law, both
substantive and procedural. She is especially interested in exploring how the
competition rules can be effectively applied so as to safeguard genuine rivalry
in the market while safeguarding the concerned actors' economic freedom and
incentive to innovate and invest. Her
current work examines the complex interplay between securing the good
functioning of open and competitive markets and maintaining the effective
exercise of regulatory powers, so that "market failures" can be
appropriately corrected, if not altogether prevented.
Dr Kirsteen Shields
Kirsteen (School of Social Sciences, University
of Dundee) worked in SPICe from September to December 2016.
"I have a PhD
from the University of London and hold a lectureship at the University of
Dundee. I teach and research a broad range of subjects; human rights,
constitutional reform, food security, global governance. Most of all, I am
motivated by teaching and research that creates meaningful change. In 2015 I
was invited to give evidence on human rights and land reform to the Committee
on Rural Affairs, Environment and Climate Change after writing a paper on the
subject for the Scottish Human Rights Commission’s journal. Through
consultation on the Bill, I was able to influence the direction of the Land
Reform Bill - for a legal academic, this one at least, it doesn’t get more
Subsequently, I was invited to pilot the Scottish Parliament
Academic Fellowship Scheme. I was asked to prepare a SPICe briefing paper on
human rights to be shared amongst the MSPs and Parliamentary staff and also to
be publicly available. I was pleased to be asked to contribute to this and work
with SPICe researchers at such a critical time for human rights, Scotland and
My experience at SPICe has surpassed all expectations, and I
had high expectations. My role involves lots of stakeholder engagement and
cross-disciplinary dialogue and there are opportunities for training. For
example, I went to Doughty Street Chambers in London to engage in capacity
building around the UN Concluding Observations on Economic, Social and Cultural
Walking to work through Holyrood Park is not bad