Research and Teaching


Teaching


One of my main studies is the piping culture in former British colonies in the Far East, with a particular focus on Hong Kong and British Malaya. I have a blog to share some history, photos, survey data, interview recordings, archival documents, videos, and more about Scottish bagpiping in former British colonies in the Far East. Click the link to visit the blog and find out more!

I also have a wide range of academic publications on Scottish music, politics, Hong Kong society, British colonial history, colonialism, diaspora, and Freemasonry. You can see some of my works here.


Teaching


PLIT08009 - INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL DATA ANALYSIS

This course will introduce students to political data analysis using domestic and international data. It will explore how to access relevant data and assess the appropriateness of data. It will provide key skills in quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics, cross-tab/contingency tables, measures of association, correlation and regression. These techniques will be used to answer different aspects of the same research question.

PGSP11247 - POLITICAL ISSUES IN PUBLIC POLICY

The course covers theories of governance, the political system and policy-making; the processes of public policy; agencies and organisations within government; policy implementation and policy networks; multi-level governance and the distribution of powers between levels and agencies of government; the reasons for the success or failure of policies.

SCAN11027 - ANTHROPOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The primary objective of the course is to understand the structural contexts and contingent elements that surround the making (and unmaking) of development projects around the world. To do so, we will bring key anthropological and ethnographic concepts from patronage, expertise, and power to money, gifts, and debt to bear on practices of state-led development, market-driven approaches, and third-sector endeavors.