Dr Paul Anderson

Humanities and Social Science

Paul Anderson is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Politics.

Paul's research largely focuses on comparative territorial politics. He is interested in autonomy and secessionist movements, regional political parties, majority and minority nationalisms, intergovernmental relations, and the use of autonomy as a tool of conflict resolution.

Paul is co-lead of the UACES-JMCT RN 'Reimagining Territorial Politics in Times of Crisis (2020-2024), co-director of the 50 Shades of Federalism project and treasurer for the PSA Specialist Group, Spanish Politics. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Since 2017, Paul has been involved in an ongoing project with the Hanns Seidel Foundation on democracy and federalism in Myanmar, working with various stakeholders, such as activists, civil servants, parliamentarians and political parties.

Currently, Paul is working on two book projects. The first, comparing territorial politics in Catalonia and Scotland, is currently under contract with Manchester University Press (to be published in late 2022) and the second, Federalism and Conflict Resolution, (a co-authored book with Soeren Keil) will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2022.


Catalan; Valencian
Spanish; Castilian


2019, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom, PhD
2014, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain, Masters in Current Democracies: Nationalism, Federalism and Multiculturalism
2011, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, MA(Hons) Politics and Spanish

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Politics, International Relations and Politics, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2019 - 2021
Sessional Lecturer, Politics and International Relations, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2016 - 2019


Anderson P. 2022. Spain and the United Kingdom: Between Unitary State Tradition and Federalization Keil S, Kropp S. Emerging Federal Structures in the Post-Cold War Era :49-72 Palgrave Macmillan 978-3-030-93669-3 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson P. 2022. Plurinationalism, Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom Fessha Y, Kossler K, Palermo F. Intergovernmental Relations in Divided Societies :91-112 Palgrave Macmillan 978-3-030-88787-2 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson P, Keil S. 2021. Scotland, the UK and Brexit – At a Constitutional Crossroads Eppler A, Jeffery C, Lutgenau S. Qualified Autonomy ad Federalism versus Secession in EU Member States Studien Verlag Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson P, Keil S. 2021. Territorial autonomy, ethnic conflict, and secession: between a rock and a hard place? Lago I. Handbook on Decentralization, Devolution and the State Edward Elgar 978 1 83910 327 8 Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson P. 2021. The Covid-19 Pandemic in the United Kingdom: A Tale of Convergence and Divergence Steytler N. Comparative Federalism and Covid-19 Routledge 9781003166771 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson P, Keil S. 2021. Bosnia and Herzegovina: Constitutional Politics in a ‘State of Minorities Lecours A, Brassard-Dion N, Laforest G. Constitutional Politics in Multinational Democracies :162-187 McGill-Queens University Press 9780228006602 DOI

Anderson P. 2021. A Consociational Compromise? Constitutional Evolution in Spain and Catalonia Keil S, McCulloch A. Power-Sharing in Europe: Past Practice, Present Cases, and Future Directions :201-225 Palgrave MacMillan 978-3-030-53590-2 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Keil S, Anderson P. 2018. Decentralization as a tool for conflict resolution Handbook of Territorial Politics :89-104 9781784718763

Internet publication

Anderson P, Schnabel J. 2022. Review of intergovernmental relations: the new interministerial structures are a step in the right direction Publisher Url Public Url

Anderson P, Keil S. 2017. FEDERALISM: A TOOL FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION? Publisher Url Public Url

Journal article

Anderson P. 2020. Decentralisation at a Crossroads: Spain, Catalonia and the Territorial Crisis Ethnopolitics, 19 :342-355 DOI

Anderson P. 2019. Independence 2.0: Digital activism, social media and the Catalan independence movement Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies, 11 :191-207 DOI

Anderson P. 2018. Canada at 150: The view from Quebec Round Table, 107 :539-542 DOI

Anderson P. 2016. The 2016 Scottish Parliament election: a nationalist minority, a Conservative comeback and a Labour collapse Regional and Federal Studies, 26 :555-568 DOI

Anderson P, Keil S. 2016. Minority Nationalism and the European Union L'Europe en Formation, 379 :40-40 DOI


Anderson P, Keil S. 2020. Scotland, the UK and Brexit – At a Constitutional Crossroads: What Next for Scotland? Publisher Url Public Url

Other invited event:

Federalism, proportionality and subsidiarity in Covid-19 times: Are there any advantages compared to unitary states? (Invited Talk) (30 June 2022), Online Event, Cases from Local Government: Barcelona and Manchester. 2022

Covid nationalism and bordering: contestation in practice, Virtual event, Webinar organised by SSAHE. Title of presentation: ‘ Coronationalism in the United Kingdom – Between and Beyond Borders’. 2021

The United Kingdom and Switzerland After Brexit: Challenges and Ongoing Issues in Relations to the EU, Fribourg, Switzerland, Invited talk and panel discussion on what Brexit means for the UK and the prospects of a border poll in Northern Ireland and a second Scottish independence referendum.. 2021

'Covid-19 and Centralism in British Government', Online, Discussion on the territorial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and how the UK and devolved governments have handled the crisis.. 2021

External collaboration:

https://www.parliament.scot/chamber-and-committees/committees/current-and-previous-committees/session-6-constitution-europe-external-affairs-and-culture-committee/meetings/2022/ceeacs62215/agenda, Scottish Parliament, Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee. 2022

https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/25987/pdf/, House of Lords, Constitution Committee. 2021

Hanns Seidel Foundation Myanmar, Hanns Seidel Foundation Myanmar. 2018

Conference presentation:

The Federation That Never Was – Emergence and Failure of Federalism in Myanmar/Burma, The Making and Breaking of Federal States, Innsbruck, Austria, Oral presentation. 2021

‘The Coronavirus Pandemic in the United Kingdom: A Tale of Divergence and convergence’, IACFS Conference: ‘Confronting Covid-19: Federalism a Boon or Bane’, Virtual, Oral presentation. 2020

Federalism and Conflict Resolution: Some Empirical Insights, IPSA Joint Conference: ‘Diversity and Democratic Governance’, Sarajevo, Bosnia, Oral presentation. 2019

‘Locating the Federal Trajectory: Brexit, the UK and Ireland’, ‘Federalism and Conflict Resolution’: Multidisciplinary Authors’ Workshop, Fribourg, Switzerland, Oral presentation. 2019

Gambling with the Future? Balancing Brexit, Scottish Secessionism and Unionism, PSA Annual Conference, Cardiff, Wales, Oral presentation. 2018

Federalism and Conflict Resolution in the Western world: Secession and Conflict Resolution in Spain and the UK, EURAC Research Multi-disciplinary Authors Workshop, Bolzano, Italy, Oral presentation. 2018

Teaching qualification:

Fellowship of Advance HE. 2020

Research Grants Awarded:

UACES-JMCT, 'Reimagining Territorial Politics in Times of Crisis', Dr Karlo Basta (University of Edinburgh); Dr Anwen Elias (Aberystwyth University), Grant value (£): 5000, Duration of research project: 4 years. 2020

Media Coverage:

https://matisak.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/are-we-approaching-conflict-in-catalonia/, Comment to Newspaper. 'Are we approaching conflict in Catalonia?’, Pravda,. 2017

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08jf6fp, Interview on Catalonia, Scotland and Independence Referenda, Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland. 2017