The Centre on Constitutional Change (CCC) was established in August 2013 to research the UK’s changing constitutional relationships. Based at the University of Edinburgh, its fellows also include academics from the Universities of Aberdeen, Cardiff, Stirling, Strathclyde, QMUL and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. The Centre also acts as a hub for a much wider network of scholars across the UK and beyond engaged in analysis of contemporary constitutional issues.
CCC is led by its Director, Prof Michael Keating (Universities of Aberdeen & Edinburgh) and Associate Director, Prof Nicola McEwen (University of Edinburgh). Its research is multi-disciplinary, with the team spanning political science, economics, social policy and constitutional law, involving some of the leading scholars in their fields. The Centre has placed a heavy emphasis on engagement with government, parliaments and the public and this has borne fruit over the last two years.
CCC conducts real-time research on key constitutional issues. Originally established as part of the ESRC Future of the UK and Scotland programme, its first year was spent examining the implications of independence. Researchers investigated currency union, cross-border relations, EU membership, defence and strategic alliances, political behaviour and public attitudes towards independence and other constitutional options, and political economy and the broader economics of independence.
Since the referendum, our core research has examined the process and proposals for a new devolution settlement for Scotland, English votes for English laws and its implications, UK territorial finance and UK intergovernmental relations in light of ongoing constitutional change, and the territorial dimension of the EU referendum. Our website and blogs have also provided a platform for debates on devolution across the UK, as well as commentary on international territorial issues.
The Centre on Constitutional Change research teams are based at universities and think tanks across the UK and are available for media interview.
For additional help in contacting the right researcher, please contact: Nick Bibby - Communications Officer, Centre on Constitutional Change.
Email: Nick.Bibby@ed.ac.uk / Telephone: +44 (0) 131 651 4735 / Mobile: 07866 053359