Staff Profile


Dr Paul Anderson

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922065

Profile summary

Paul Anderson is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to joining the department on a full-time basis, he was a Sessional Lecturer and Doctoral Teaching Assistant. 

Paul holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations (CCCU), a Masters in Federalism, Nationalism and Multiculturalism (University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) and a First-class honours degree in Politics and Spanish (University of Glasgow). 

Paul's research interests include British and Scottish politics, Spanish and Catalan politics, party politics, federalism, secession and conflict resolution. 

Research and knowledge exchange

The main focus of my research is on constitutional politics in plurinational states. My PhD, 'Territorial Politics in Flux: Autonomy and Secession in the UK and Spain', funded by a CCCU Graduate scholarship, mapped the evolution of territorial politics in Scotland and Catalonia with particular attention paid to the debates on territorial autonomy and independence. 

Currently, I am involved in a project on federalism and democratisation in Myanmar/Burma with the Hanns Seidel Stiftung. This project is designed to increase knowledge of federalism in the country, including training for civil servants and capacity building for civil society associations. 

I am a reviewer for several academic journals including Political Studies and Comparative European Politics. 

I welcome interest from prospective (post)doctoral students in these areas: 

Brexit and Constitutional Politics


Secessionist Movements

Federalism and Territorial Autonomy as tools of Conflict Resolution 

Teaching and subject expertise

I convene and have convened a number of modules in the Politics and International Relations suite, including 

Foundation - Academic Skills 

Level 4 - British Politics in Context 

          - Contemporary Global Politics 

Level 5 - British Politics: Continuity and Change

           - Political Research 

Level 6 - Parliamentary Studies 

Level 7 - Research Methods 

External activities

06/2019  IPSA Conference (RC14): ‘Diversity and Democratic Governance, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (12-15 June)

               Paper: ‘Federalism and Conflict Resolution: Some Empirical Insights’ (with Dr Soeren Keil)

               Paper: 'Holding Together or Falling Apart: The Ongoing Constitutional Debates in Scotland and Catalonia'

05/2019  Multidisciplinary Authors’ Workshop ‘Federalism and Conflict Resolution’, Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland 

              Paper: ‘Locating the Federal Trajectory: Brexit, the UK and Ireland’


04/2019  Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover, Germany (29 April)

               Invited Talk: ‘The Scottish Independence Movement Today’


03/2018  PSA Annual International Conference, Cardiff City Hall, Wales (26-28 March)

               Paper: ‘Gambling with the Future? Balancing Brexit, Secessionism and Unionism’


02/2018  Multidisciplinary Authors’ Workshop ‘Federalism and Conflict Resolution’, EURAC research institute, Bolzano, Italy (8-9 February)

               Paper: ‘Federalism and Conflict Resolution in the Western world: Secession and Conflict Resolution in Liberal Plurinational States’


09/2017  UACES 47th Annual Conference, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (4-6September)

               Paper: ‘Contesting Democracy? Autonomy, Secessionism and Constitutional Politics in Spain’


06/2017   IPSA Joint Conference RC14, RC28 AND RC13, ‘Democratization and Constitutional Design in Divided Societies’, Nicosia, Cyprus 

                Paper: ‘”Too Little, Too Late?” Brexit and the Constitutional Future of Scotland and the United Kingdom’.


05/2017    Postgraduate Conference: ‘Crossing Boundaries: Beyond and Across Academia’, Canterbury Christ Church University (25 May 2016)

                  Panel Organiser: ‘We’re all in this together – Interdisciplinary Roundtable’


10/2016     GPRS Conference: ‘Constitutional Politics in Multinational States’, Quebec, Canada (29-30 October)

                   Paper: ‘Bosnia and Herzegovina: Constitutional Politics in a “State of Minorities”’ (with Soeren Keil).


07/2016     International Political Science Association Word Congress, Poznan, Poland. (23-29 July)

                  Paper: ‘Could Federalism Save the Union?: Territorial Autonomy and Secession in the United Kingdom’


06/2016      UACES Workshop: ‘Transforming Politics in Spain: Local, Regional and State-wide perspectives’, University of Liverpool (7 June 2016)

                   Paper: ‘Between Autonomy and Secession: Catalonia, Spain and Territorial Reform’.

Publications and research outputs

Journal Articles 

Anderson, Paul. 2016. ‘The 2016 Scottish Parliament Elections: A Nationalist Minority, A Conservative Comeback and a Labour Collapse’, Regional and Federal Studies, 26: 4, pp. 555-568.

Anderson, Paul and Soeren Keil. 2016. ‘Minority Nationalism and the European Union’, L’Europe en Formation, 379, pp. 40-58.


Book Chapters

Keil, Soeren and Paul Anderson. 2018 (2018) ‘Decentralization as a tool of conflict resolution’ in K. Detterbeck and E. Hepburn (ed.) Handbook of Territorial Politics. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.


Book Reviews

Anderson, Paul and Soeren Keil. 2017. ‘Review of E. Belser, A. Fang-Bar, N. Massuger and R. Pillai. “States Falling Apart? Secessionist and autonomy movements in Europe”’. Regional and Federal Studies, 27:1, pp. 99-101.  

Anderson, Paul. 2016. ‘Review of R. Gillespie and C. Gray: “Contesting Spain? The dynamics of nationalist movements in Catalonia and the Basque Country”. Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 46: 3, pp.

Anderson, Paul. 2016. ‘Review of K. Crameri: “Goodbye Spain? The Question of Independence for Catalonia’. Political Studies Review, May, 14, pp. 293-294.

Anderson, Paul. 2016. ‘Review of I. McClean, J. Gallagher and G. Lodge “Scotland’s Choices: The Referendum and What Happens Afterwards”. Political Studies Review, February 14, pp. 116.


Other Academic Pieces

Anderson, Paul. 2018. ‘Canada at 150: The View From Quebec’, The Round Table, 107: 4, pp. 539-542.

Anderson Paul and Soeren Keil. 2018 (unpublished book chapter). ‘Scotland, the UK and Brexit – At a Constitutional Crossroads’ in A. Eppler et al (ed.) Qualified Autonomy and Federalism versus Secession in EU Member States. Innsbruck: StudienVerlag.

Anderson Paul and Soeren Keil. 2017. ‘Federalism as a Tool of Conflict Resolution’. 50 Shades of Federalism. Available at:


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