Dr Mark 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.


Questions to the PM versus questions by the PM : an examination of the state and nature of 'Punch and Judy' politics during PMQs at Westminster
Shephard Mark, Braby Daniel
Journal of Legislative Studies Vol 26, pp. 27-46 (2020)
If everyone has a mandateā€¦ surely nobody has a mandate?
Shephard Mark Peter
UK Election Analysis 2019 (2019) (2019)
The committee system of the Scottish Parliament
Shephard Mark Peter
The Story of the Scottish Parliament (2019) (2019)
The role of a backbench MP
Shephard Mark Peter, Simson Caird Jack
Exploring Parliament (2018) (2018)
Social media and the Corbyn breakthrough
Shephard Mark Peter
UK Election Analysis 2017 (2017) (2017)
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)

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Professional activities

Fourteenth Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians
Political Studies Association Annual Meeting 2019 paper presentation on Social Networks on Social Media
Social Media training for PGDE Modern Studies teachers
Evidence from research published by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee's Parliament and the Constitution Inquiry
EPOP Conference paper presentation on Social Media Networks and Polarisation
Research evidence published in House of Lords Select Committee Report

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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
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
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
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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