Chalk + Talk with Professor Charlie Jeffery: The state of the Scottish debate

We are delighted to welcome Professor Charlie Jeffery to discuss Scottish independence on Thursday 21 August, 12:30-1:30pm.

Professor Jeffery will set out the state of the Scottish referendum debate with less than a month to go before the vote on 18 September, reviewing the key themes of the two campaigns and the balance of public opinion. He will also look ahead at the two possible outcomes, examining what would happen next, and drawing out the implications of what Scotland decides for the rest of the UK.

Professor Jeffery was educated at Loughborough University where he completed a B.A. (Hons.) and a Ph.D. in European Studies. He was a Lecturer at the University of Leicester before moving to the University of Birmingham in 1994, where he was Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. He was appointed Professor of German Politics in 1999. Since coming to Edinburgh in 2004, Charlie has been Co-Director of the Institute of Governance (2004-09) and Head of the School of Social & Political Science (2009-12).

Charlie has been an advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (2004-05), the Committee on Standards in Public Life (2002-07), the EU Committee of the Regions (2002-05), and was a member of the Independent Expert Group on Finance advising the Commission on Scottish Devolution (2008-09). He is a member of the editorial board of Regional & Federal Studies having previously served as Managing Editor. He was formerly a member of the Council of the ESRC (2005-11), chairing its Research Committee. During 2012-13 Charlie was one of six members of the McKay Commission examining the issues raised by the West Lothian Question.

Chalk + Talk is the SMF’s popular lunchtime seminar series, run in partnership with the ESRC. Chalk + Talk brings the best policy output from the world of academia into the heart of Westminster.

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