Eve Hepburn

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Tuesdays 2-4pm or by appointment


  • PhD, MRes (European University Institute, Florence)
  • MA (McGill University, Montreal)
  • BSc Hons (London School of Economics)

Biographical Statement

Dr Eve Hepburn is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Eve is also Associate Editor of Scottish Affairs and International Editorial Board Member of the Island Studies Journal.

Eve was Founding Depute Director of the Academy of Government and was Co-Director of the Master of Public Policy (MPP), Executive Programme in Public Policy, and Postgraduate Certificate in Practice in Government (2010-2012). She was Co-Editor of Regional & Federal Studies from 2007-2012 and Co-Convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on Federalism and Regionalism from 2008-2013. Eve joined the Department in February 2007 as an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow. During 2008-10 she held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and directed the MSc Multi-level and Regional Politics. Prior to this, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. She has also held Visiting Fellowships at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver), McGill University (Montreal), European University Institute (Florence), Università di Cagliari (Sardinia), University of Prince Edward Island (Charlottetown), Aland Islands Peace Institute (Finland) and Großbritannien-Zentrum der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany).

In November 2012, Eve was awarded the University of Edinburgh's 'Rising Star Award' by HRH The Princess Royal in recognition of outstanding contributions to research and teaching.

Eve is strongly committed to public engagement and has provided advice and consultancy to a range of organisations including, most recently, providing expert testimony to the House of Commons on the draft Scotland bill; the Scottish Parliament on its international strategy, the EU and migration; and the Sardinian Government on revising its constitution.


Eve is passionate about teaching, and in 2015 she received a EUSA Teaching Award nomination for the Supporting Students' Learning Award. This year (2015-16), Eve convenes/teaches on the following courses:

  • Parties and Party Systems in Contemporary Democracies (PLIT10083)
  • Approaches to Politics and International Relations (PLIT10060)
  • Institutions and Policies of the European Union (PGSP11170)
  • Fundamentals 2 (PLIT08010)
  • Politics in a Changing World (PLIT08012)

Eve has also previously convened/taught on the following courses:

  • Europe and International Migration (PLIT10068)
  • Multi-level Democracy and Public Policy (PGSP11027)
  • Scottish Government and Politics (PLIT10001)
  • Democracy in Comparative Perspective (PLIT08005)
  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004)
  • Theory and Practice of Political Research (PLIT11001)
  • Analysis for Policy (PGSP11310)

Research Interests

Eve has published over 40 journal articles, book chapters, special issues and books. Her research interests include: comparative European politics, territorial politics (regionalism, federalism and nationalism), political parties, multilevel governance, European integration, island politics, multi-level citizenship, immigration and integration policy, and devolved policy-making. Eve has conducted research on the UK (Scotland, Northern Ireland, London), Italy (Veneto, Sardinia, Tuscany), Spain (Catalonia), Germany (Bavaria, Berlin), Finland (Aland), Canada (Quebec, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island). 

Eve currently holds grants from:

  • the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) on 'Les partis et les electeurs au Quebec et en Ecosse: Une etude compare' (Parties and Voters in Quebec and Scotland: A Comparative Study) (2011-14) (Co-Investigator);
  • the Carnegie Trust on 'The Political Integration of Migrants at the Substate Regional Level: Research on Italy' (2013-14) (Principal Investigator);
  • UACES Collaborative Research Network on 'Centrifugal Europe: State, Sovereignty and the Future of European Integration' (2013-15) (Communication Coordinator).

Eve has previously held grants from:

Recent Publications

Books and Edited Collections

Articles and Book Chapters

Blogs and Op-Ed Pieces

Public Engagement 

Eve is strongly committed to public engagement. She was the Founding Coordinator of the Scottish Policy Innovation Forum (SPIF) in Edinburgh. She is regularly invited to give evidence to the Scottish Parliament and House of Commons. She acts as referee for numerous political science journals and publishing houses and is a peer reviewer for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. She is a member of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh. Finally, Eve regularly provides political commentary on Scottish and comparative politics to the Scottish, UK and international media.

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