Teaching

I teach generic, compulsory courses as well as specialist options, and I do a lot of supervision. It’s almost always practice-oriented but theory-led.

Teaching is about showing, not telling; about giving students and others things to think with rather than things to know. And if our teaching is to be genuinely practice-oriented, working with case studies and doing projects and placements are essential.

But practice is not just what people do: it’s also how they think, and the point is to keep thinking and doing in balance. At least part of this thinking should be critical and sociological, which means that social theory should be a key resource for students and practitioners alike.

Teaching politics after the practice turn

The ‘practice turn’ and its associated ontology, epistemology and methodology are now well established in political research. In this article, we identify and explore a corollary pedagogy. After outlining the principal components of practice theory, we compare case-...

Political Work

leads the teaching component of the Doing Politics project, and was taught for the first time as an undergraduate option in 2014-2015…

Policy in Action: case studies

You’ve just joined a government department with responsibility for a key policy domain.  There’s an election due in a couple of months, and your team has been asked to supply a briefing for the incoming minister…

Data Collection

Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection is concerned with the techniques and practices of doing empirical research.  It's a team-taught research training course in the Graduate School, and develops professional competence in gathering information by...

Knowledge, Organisations and Policy

This doctoral workshop met over two days at the end of April 2017, and brought together researchers from Social Policy in Edinburgh and the Centre de Recherches et Interventions Sociologiques (CRIS)...

Teaching Award nomination: supervision

I was proud to be nominated for Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor at EUSA’s (Edinburgh University Students’ Association) Teaching Awards ceremony in 2012.  I didn’t win, but am endlessly glad of what students said: