Dr Eilidh MacPhail

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Lecturer, BSc and MSc Sustainable Rural Development

Dr Eilidh Macphail

Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands & Islands, Faculty of Science, Health and Education

Research Interests

  • Scottish public policy and politics: devolution, community and rural development, island governance
  • European public policy, particularly social, rural, agriculture and fisheries policies in the EU
  • Online education, student mental health

External interests, member of associations, advisor etc

  • Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Carnegie Trust Research Assessor
  • Invited peer reviewer and book reviewer for journal ‘Regional and Federal Studies’

Previous Research and Funding Awards

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded PhD on ‘The Europeanisation of the Scottish Executive: exploring variations across different modes of governance’, with a focus on the Structural Funds, State Aid, Employment and Social Inclusion, 2004-2008
  • Researcher for Notre Europe, Paris on European Social Policy, 2002-2003
  • UK Government Funded Scholarship to the College of Europe, Bruges, for a Masters in European Political and Administrative Studies, 2001-2002

Research Supervision (recent)

  • Director of Studies: Catriona Murray Political and cultural identity in the Scottish Gàidhealtachd: The role of local government. (PhD)
  • Co-Supervisor for: Robert Wemyss (2012) Protected Area Status and the Implications for Rural Development and Land Use, PhD Thesis, UHI, successfully completed

Conference Presentations and Workshops

  • ‘Exploiting the European Union as a political opportunity structure? Understanding the Scottish Executive’s engagement with the EU 1999-2007’ (2009) Political Studies Association, Annual Conference, 7th-9th April 2009
  • ‘Europeanisation through the Open Method of Co-ordination: explaining the impact on the sub-national level’ (2008) Paper prepared for the UACES Annual Conference: Exchanging Ideas on Europe: Rethinking the European Union, Research Session 5: Para-diplomacy in the EU and Beyond: Sub-National Authorities as International Actors, Edinburgh 2008, 1st-3rd September 2008
  • ‘Meeting Expectations of Sub-National Involvement in ‘New’ EU Governance? The Scottish Executive and The Open Method of Coordination’ (2007) ‘Sub-State Nations’ and European Integration, Panel Session at the ‘Beyond the nation? Critical Reflections on Nations and Nationalism in Uncertain Times Conference’, Queen’s University Belfast, 12th to 14th September 2007

Publications

  • Donald Stewart, in James Mitchell and Gerry Hassan (eds) (2016) Scottish National Party Leaders, Biteback Publishing
  • With Rachel Erskine, Addressing the Needs of Academic Staff in Supporting Students with Mental Health Conditions in Online Programmes at a Distributed University (2015) Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, Vol 3, No 1 (2015)
  • Book Review: Devolution, Asymmetry and Europe: Multi-level Governance in the United Kingdom (2008), by Rosanne Palmer, Regional and Federal Studies, Volume 23, Issue 2, April 2013
  • Examining the impact of the Open Method of Coordination on sub-state employment and social inclusion policies: evidence from the UK (2010), Journal of European Social Policy, Volume 20, Issue 4, October 2010
  • Changing EU Governance and the Scottish Executive (2008) Regional and Federal Studies, Vol. 18, No. 1, February, pp19-35
  • Sub-national Authorities and the Open Method of Coordination: a new opportunity or the same old community? (2006) Journal of Contemporary European Research, Special Issue: The OMC: Governance after Lisbon, Volume 2, Issue 1, October 2006