Applications for 2019 are now open!
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:
- provide the Parliament with specialised resources which allow it to undertake and communicate analysis which would otherwise not be possible
- increase the use of academic knowledge, skills and research within the Parliament
- promote knowledge and understanding of the Parliament within the academic sector.
We have identified 6 topics for 2019 for which we invite bids (more information on topics)
1. Scotland’s budget and environmental plans
2. A critical review of Scottish forestry policy
3. Higher education bursaries for people with care experience
4. Health prescribing data
5. Health Committee inquiry into medicines
6. Data science/visualisation and the Parliament
In addition, we also invite bids through an open call, where we request proposals from academics on any relevant topic.
In the coming months we are also likely to offer a fellowship or fellowships linked to Brexit. We will provide further details on this at a later date.
The deadline for submitting bids is 5pm on Friday 31 May 2019.
Academic Fellows currently working with SPICe
Dr Suzanne Mawson from the University of Stirling is undertaking research to explore exit, acquisition and discontinuation among Scotland’s High Growth Firm (HGF) population. The data collected will be used to prepare a SPICe Briefing, as well as to support other Parliamentary work.
Dr Eve Hepburn is Director of PolicyScribe, a policy research consultancy specialising in policy analysis and research. Eve is looking at the impact of Brexit on immigration and the implications for Scotland.
Previous SPICe Research Fellows
Dr Mark Livingston is a research fellow at the Urban Big Data Centre, leading on the Housing and Neighbourhoods workstream. Mark has over 16 years’ experience of neighbourhoods research, and over the last 3 years has been examining the use of Big Data sources to fill the gaps in the understanding of the Private Rented Sector. Mark produced a SPICe Briefing with colleagues at Glasgow University Private Renting Reforms How to Evidence the Impact of Legislation.
Dr Paulina Trevena was a researcher at the University of Glasgow at the time of her Fellowship. Paulina worked with SPICe to examine whether Scotland would benefit from introducing a social integration strategy as a way of attracting and retaining migrants post-Brexit.
Professor Hugh Bochel of the University of Lincoln started his fellowship in March 2017. Hugh’s project looked at the diversity of committee witnesses in the Scottish Parliament and he recorded his finding in the SPICe Briefing Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill
Alison MacDonald of the University of Aberdeen, started her fellowship with The Scottish Parliament in April 2017. Alison investigated opportunities for fisheries management following the UK’s departure from the European Union.
Alex Wright was a PhD Candidate in International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh at the time of her Fellowship. Alex’s research interests covered health policy, policy implementation, uses of evidence, and alcohol policy. Her Fellowship culminated in the SPICe Briefing What's so important about health policy implementation?
Arianna Andreangeli was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh during her Fellowship. Arianna's research interests covered EU and domestic competition law.
Dr Kirsteen Shields was based at the School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee during her Fellowship. Kirsteen worked in SPICe from September to December 2016 and produced a SPICe Briefing on Human Rights in Scotland.