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Personal profile


I joined the Department as Lecturer in Politics in 1996 and am now a Reader in Politics. I was previously a Politics Lecturer at the University of Paisley, I have a BA and PhD in Politics from the University of Strathclyde.

Research Interests:

My research interests span the areas of elections and political parties, political participation, and movement politics. With ESRC funding, and as Principal Investigator, I am currently researching the surge in party membership amongst pro-independence parties following the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.  Co-investigators are Professor James Mitchell (Edinburgh) and Dr Rob Johns (Essex).

Teaching Responsibilities:

I am convenor of our first year course PI1018 Introduction to Politics and International Relations: Democracy and Governance.  I contribute to PI2009, Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and International Relations and the inter-disciplinary Sixth Centrury course SX1011 Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunity.  I am convenor of the honours course PI3562 Political Parties in Britain.  At postgraduate level, I coordinate the MRes in Political Research programme and convene the course on Research Design.    

I supervise dissertations on elections, political behaviour, political parties, green politics and movement politics.

Area of Expertise

  • Politics and International Studies
  • elections and political parties
  • political participation
  • movement politics

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Research Output

The Scottish National Party: Transition to Power

Mitchell, J., Bennie, L. G. & Johns, R., 2012, New York: Oxford University Press. 208 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 37 Citations (Scopus)

    Understanding Political Participation: Green Party Membership in Scotland

    Bennie, L. G., 2004, Aldershot: Ashgate: Unknown Publisher. 240 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    Parties, Movements and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum: Explaining the Post-Referendum Party Membership Surges

    Bennie, L., Mitchell, J. & Johns, R., 15 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Party Politics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Labour party adaptation to multilevel politics: evidence from British general election manifestos

    Bennie, L. & Clark, A., 18 Jun 2019, In : British Politics. 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Scottish Greens: Radical and Relevant?

    Bennie, L., Aug 2019, The Story of the Scottish Parliament : The First Two Decades Explained. Hassan, G. (ed.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 179-188 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Datasets

    MAPP Dataset

    Van Haute, E. (Creator), Paulis, E. (Creator), Baras, M. (Creator), Barbera, O. (Creator), Barrio, A. (Creator), Bennie, L. (Creator), Bolin, N. (Creator), Chritophorou, C. (Creator), Correa, P. (Creator), Cross, W. (Creator), Delwit, P. (Creator), Ennser-Jedenastik, L. (Creator), Enyedi, Z. (Creator), Santo, P. E. (Creator), Gauga, A. (Creator), Heidar, K. (Creator), van Holstein, J. (Creator), Ikstens, J. (Creator), Indradison, I. (Creator), Ionascu, A. (Creator), Jastramskis, M. (Creator), Jupskas, A. R. (Creator), Kenig, O. (Creator), Kocijan, B. (Creator), Koole, R. (Creator), Kosiara-Pedersen, K. (Creator), Krasovec, A. (Creator), Ladner, A. (Creator), Linek, L. (Creator), Paczesniak, A. (Creator), Pettai, V. (Creator), Rahat, G. (Creator), Ribeiro, P. F. (Creator), Den Ridder, J. (Creator), Terul, J. R. (Creator), Sandri, G. (Creator), Sierens, V. (Creator), Soare, S. (Creator), Spier, T. (Creator), Voerman, G. (Creator), Weeks, L. (Creator), Westinen, J. (Creator) & Zemanik, M. (Creator), Zenodo, 30 Aug 2016


    Scottish Election Survey, 1997. (2nd ed., 1999)

    McCrone, D. (Creator), Surridge, P. (Creator), Thomson, K. (Creator), Brown, A. (Creator) & Bennie, L. (Data Manager), UK Data Service, 24 Jun 1999


    Major Party Candidates in the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly Elections, 1999.

    Denver, D. T. (Creator), Mitchell, J. (Creator), Bradbury, J. P. (Creator) & Bennie, L. (Creator), UK Data Service, 22 Dec 1999


    Major Party Council Candidates in Scotland and Wales, 1999.

    Mitchell, J. (Creator), Bennie, L. (Creator), Denver, D. T. (Creator) & Bradbury, J. P. (Creator), UK Data Service, 16 Dec 1999


    Press / Media

    Corbyn cometh: has 21st-century UK protest politics just fully bloomed?

    Lynn Gray Bennie


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'