Professor Michael Keating FBA
About this Fellow
Michael Keating graduated from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1971 and in 1975 was the first PhD graduate from what is now Glasgow Caledonian University. He received the qualification of Incorporated Linguist (Institute of Linguists) in 1981 and has a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). He speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian and is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academia Europea and the Academy of Social Sciences. He has researched and taught at the University of Essex (1975-76), North Staffordshire Polytechnic (1976-79) and the University of Strathclyde (1979-88). From 1988 until 1999 he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. From 2000 until 2010 he was Professor of Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute, Florence and head of department (2004-07). He has held visiting positions at the Institut d'Etudes Politques de Paris; University of Santiago de Compostela; University of the Basque Country; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; the Norwegian Nobel Institute; Nuffield College, Oxford; University of Grenoble; Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is presently part-time professor at the University of Edinburgh and Director of the on Constitutional Change. From 2010 until 2013 he was an ESRC Professorial Fellow and in 2013-14 was ESRC Senior Fellow on the Future of the UK and Scotland programme. During 2015-16 he is Senior Fellow in the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe programme and currently director of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change, a consortium of teams from five institutions to examine the issues arising from the Scottish constitutional debate.
- Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen
British Academy Appointments
- Member of Council, 2015 -
Public policy, & sociology of the state in Europe; European cities & great global metropolis; Economic sociology/ political economy; Great Britain
Electoral behaviour; electoral systems; social and political attitudes in Scotland in particular, Britain as a whole, and comparatively; survey research methods
Politics in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq & Egypt; Islamic political thought; the relationship between art & power in the Middle East.
My research interests involve examining the nature & significance of political participation, particularly electoral participation, & also in understanding the causes & effects of public opinion on politics.