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

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' ( 

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

British/Scottish Politics


Federalism and Territorial Autonomy as tools of Conflict Resolution 


Spanish/Catalan Politics

Research Funding 

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)

External activities

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

Journal Articles 

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.


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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