I am a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University. Prior to joining the department on a full-time basis, I was a Sessional Lecturer and Doctoral Teaching Assistant.
I hold 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).
My research interests and areas of specialisation include: Constitutional and territorial politics; Devolution; Federalism; Multi-level Governance; Nationalism; Conflict Resolution; British and Scottish politics; Spanish and Catalan politics; Myanmar.
I am co-convenor, together with Dr Karlo Basta (Edinburgh) and Dr Anwen Elias (Aberystwyth) of an UACES-JMCT Research Network, ‘(Re)Imagining Territorial Politics in Times of Crisis’. I am also treasurer of the PSA specialist group, Spanish Politics.
I am project lead for the '50 Shades of Federalism project' (www.50shadesoffederalism.com).
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 have reviewed articles for a number of journals, including Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies; Comparative European Politics; Political Studies; Publius; Sage Open; Territory, Politics, Governance.
I welcome interest from prospective (post)doctoral students in these areas:
Brexit and Constitutional Politics
Federalism and Territorial Autonomy as tools of Conflict Resolution
UACES-JMCT Research Network (2020-2023) (£5000)
ESRC Festival of Social Science (2019) (£1000)
Teaching and subject expertise
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I convene and have convened a number of modules in the Politics and International Relations suite, including
Academic Skills (Level 0)
British Politics in Context (Level 4)
Contemporary Global Politics (Level 4)
British Politics: Continuity and Change (Level 5)
Political Research (Level 5)
Parliamentary Studies (Level 6)
Research Methods (Level 7)
2019 IPSA Conference (RC14): ‘Diversity and Democratic Governance, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (12-15 June)
2019 Multidisciplinary Authors’ Workshop ‘Federalism and Conflict Resolution’, Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (23-25 May)
2019 Invited Talk on the Scottish Indepenence Movement. Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Leibniz University Hannover, Hannover, Germany (29 April)
2018 PSA Annual International Conference, Cardiff City Hall, Wales (26-28 March)
2018 Multidisciplinary Authors’ Workshop ‘Federalism and Conflict Resolution’, EURAC research institute, Bolzano, Italy (8-9 February)
2017 UACES 47th Annual Conference, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (4-6September)
2017 IPSA Joint Conference ‘Democratization and Constitutional Design in Divided Societies’, Nicosia, Cyprus
2016 GPRS Conference: ‘Constitutional Politics in Multinational States’, Quebec, Canada (29-30 October)
2016 International Political Science Association Word Congress, Poznan, Poland. (23-29 July)
2016 UACES Workshop: ‘Transforming Politics in Spain: Local, Regional and State-wide perspectives’, University of Liverpool (7 June 2016)
Publications and research outputs
Anderson, P. (2019). Independence 2.0: Digital Activism, Social Media and the Catalan Independence Movement. Catalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies, 11(2), 191-207.
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.
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.
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: http://50shadesoffederalism.com/federalism-conflict/federalism-tool-conflict-resolution/