The John Smith Centre is delighted to welcome Fraser McMillan who has joined the Centre as our first Research Associate.

Fraser will work with Professor Christopher Carman, academic lead for the Centre, on a project titled “The Public Understanding of Public Service”, which aims to develop a robust academic definition of the concept and contribute to the scholarly understanding of what public service means to citizens.

The project will involve a comprehensive interdisciplinary review of existing literature on the topic followed by the development and administration of a significant online survey. Fraser will contribute to all aspects of the project and its research outputs, as well as the activities of the John Smith Centre more generally.

Fraser is the recipient of a Carnegie-Caledonian PhD studentship currently completing his doctoral studies at the University of Strathclyde. His thesis is titled “Approaches to the programme-to-policy linkage: party competition and government action” and contributes to an emerging field of scholarship on the relationship between political parties’ campaign promises and subsequent government policy.

During his doctoral studies Fraser has obtained extensive teaching experience at Strathclyde, contributed to various external projects as an expert coder and presented research at several national and international conferences and workshops. His other research interests include party competition, campaign pledges, Scottish devolution and computerised text analysis.

Welcome, Fraser!

To find out more about the John Smith Centre’s research work, please contact us.