Professor Paul Cairney


Politics University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Paul Cairney

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About me

My name is Paul Cairney and my title is Professor of Politics and Public Policy in the Division of History, Heritage, and Politics at the University of Stirling. I am also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Science.

My blog on public policy is here -  - and twitter is @Cairneypaul or @undpublicpolicy. A longer CV and full list of my academic publications can also be found here:

I am a specialist in British politics and public policy, often focusing on the ways in which policy studies can explain the use of evidence in politics and policy, and how policymakers translate broad long term aims into evidence-informed objectives (for example, The Politics of Evidence-Based Policymaking, 2016).

As part of the ESRC Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC, led by Professors Michael Keating and Nicola McEwen), I was funded from 2013-15 to examine the policy capacity of Scottish institutions in the lead up to the referendum on Scottish independence. The CCC was at the heart of academic-driven discussions to provide relatively impartial evidence to voters in Scotland. You can find details of ongoing work here:

As part of the Horizon2020 funded IMAJINE centre on spatial justice and territorial inequalities across Europe, I am funded from 2016-21 to examine the ways in which governments can, and should, use evidence to learn from the success and failure of other government strategies. You can find an introductory blog post and report here:

I am also part of a series of workshops examining the role and success of public health agencies, which you can find on the University of Stirling Public Policy blog: