Dr Mark Peter Shephard

Senior Lecturer


Personal statement

Dr. Mark Shephard is Senior Lecturer in politics at the School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde and was principal investigator on the ESRC/AQMeN Future of the United Kingdom and Scotland research project focusing on the impact of social media on the Scottish Independence referendum. He researches Scottish and British politics, social media, elite behaviour, legislatures, public opinion, parties and elections. His works have been published in a number of journals including Electoral Studies, Political Studies, The Journal of Legislative Studies, The Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, British Politics, Parliamentary Affairs, and the British Journal of Politics and International Relations.


Social media and the Corbyn breakthrough
Shephard Mark Peter
UK Election Analysis 2017 (2017) (2017)
Using social media to predict the general election?
Shephard Mark
UK Election Analysis 2015 (2015) (2015)
Online discussion and the 2014 Scottish independence referendum : flaming keyboards or forums of deliberation?
Quinlan Stephen, Shephard Mark, Paterson Lindsay
Electoral Studies Vol 38, pp. 192–205 (2015)
Social media and the Scottish independence referendum 2014 : events and the generation of enthusiasm for yes
Shephard Mark Peter, Quinlan Stephen
The Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2015) (2015)
The long and the short of the SNP breakthrough
Rose Richard, Shephard Mark Peter
The British General Election of 2015 (2015) (2015)
Improving Online Political Engagement for Effective Public Engagement
Shephard Mark
International Public Policy Institute Policy Brief International Public Policy Institute Policy Brief (2015)

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Professional activities

EPOP Conference paper presentation on Social Media Networks and Polarisation
Research evidence published in House of Lords Select Committee Report
Political Studies Association Annual Conference Cardiff 2018
Dublin Workshop on Digital Technology and Youth Political Participation
Evidence from research published by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee's Parliament and the Constitution Inquiry
Social Media training for PGDE Modern Studies teachers

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Mapping the Networked Socialisation of University Students in a Digital Age
Huhe, Narisong (Principal Investigator) Shephard, Mark Peter (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2019
Social Media and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum: The Twitter dimension (AQMeN Sm Grants)
Shephard, Mark Peter (Principal Investigator) Tagg, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2014
The impact of social media on young peoples attitudes towards independence (AQMeN Sm Grants)
Shephard, Mark Peter (Principal Investigator) Tagg, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 28-Jan-2014
Impact of Discussion Threads in Social Media on Support for Independence
Shephard, Mark Peter (Principal Investigator) Tagg, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 12-Jan-2014
AQMeN Collaborative Small Grants Scheme
Shephard, Mark Peter (Principal Investigator) Patrikios, Efstratios (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 30-Jan-2012
Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN)
Shephard, Mark Peter (Principal Investigator) Tagg, Stephen (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2009 - 31-Jan-2012

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