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I joined the Department as Senior Lecturer in Politics in August 2007 after previously lecturing at the University of Salford and the University of Manchester. I was promoted to Reader in August 2011 and was appointed as a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority in December 2011. I am co-founder of the Academy for British and Irish Studies based at the University of Huddersfield. I am also co-convenor of the Politics Studies Association Britishness Specialist Group. I am a regular commentator on local and national media and also regularly contribute to Open Democracy.
My approach to the development of teaching and learning is proactive and research-orientated. I teach on a range of modules including Ethnicity and Nationalism, From Dictatorship to Democracy, The Politics of the European Union, Introduction to Politics, and Film and Cinema. I am also responsible for running the highly-regarded Professional Work Placement programme for Politics students.
My PhD, awarded by the University of Salford, focused on citizenship and identity in post-empire states, with particular focus on the impact on government programmes of citizenship and history education in the UK and Russian Federation. This has been developed into a monograph to be published by Palgrave MacMillan in early 2014. Other research has explored the ‘politics of Britishness’ and I have published widely about the legacy of British Empire and the impact of devolution, immigration and multiculturalism. I am also interested in contemporary politics across the Commonwealth.
Recent work has focused on the development of active citizenship and democratic participation of young people in the UK. I served on the Ministry of Justice Youth Citizenship Commission in 2008-9. The Commission reported to government in June 2009 (research and final reports). I have published widely on issues of youth citizenship and government youth initiatives such as National Citizen Service.
I am currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, the Academy for British and Irish Studies and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.
I have developed a research and scholarship agenda that is founded on a strong record of publications, internal and external funding, and other esteem indicators. I have built new research networks across the University through the Academy for British and Irish Studies which has resulted in a range of conferences, publications and collaborative bids for internal and external funding. I am co-founder and convenor of the Political Studies Association Britishness Specialist Research Group and have developed strong links with politicians, policy-makers, academics and other influential actors across the UK.
My research interests centre on a number of distinctive but overlapping themes. First, I have focused on the study of empire and its legacies. In 2008, I co-organised an international conference, British, Identity and Citizenship: The View from Abroad and published papers in an edited volume. My forthcoming monograph is a study of post-empire citizenship and national identity, exploring how states such as the UK and the Russian Federation have attempted to construct new modes of citizenship allied to revised national identities. I have published a number of articles that develops these themes within the UK, considering the impact of the legacy of empire, devolution, multiculturalism and competing nationalisms. Recent work has focused particularly on English and Scottish national identities and the potential break-up of the UK.
My second connected research themes have centred on the role of citizenship education and school history in debates about identity, citizenship and the contested national past. I have undertaken a range of research projects that have explored the political drivers for debates about school history – the so-called ‘history wars’ – and have carried out primary research with young people in secondary and higher education. I co-hosted a European Science Foundation-funded exploratory workshop which is developing comparative frameworks of research across Europe to explore how states seek to teach the nation in the wake of empire. This workshop was supported by the Council of Europe and a further workshop was held in December 2012 in Amsterdam in collaboration with Professor Maria Grever of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
The third theme of my research focuses on youth citizenship and democratic participation. I have published widely on issues relating to active citizenship, citizenship education and policy development. My expertise in this area is internationally-recognised and in 2008 I was asked to join the Youth Citizenship Commission, a Ministry of Justice-sponsored project to encourage young people to engage in politics and community activism. This high-profile Commission reported directly to then Prime Minister Gordon Brown in June 2009. I have, together with Professor Jonathan Tonge (University of Liverpool), published widely on issues of Youth Citizenship and emerging policy initiatives such as National Citizen Service.
Other current research interests involve the development of a research network with colleagues within the Academy for British and Irish Studies on the theme ‘Distant Britons?’ I am also working with colleagues at the Australian National University, Canberra, to establish a research network for the forthcoming Great War Centenary Commemoration. Together with Professor Jim McAuley and Professor Jonathan Tonge (University of Liverpool), I am currently developing a research bid with builds on our recent survey of the Orange Order membership in Northern Ireland to assess Orangeism in the rest of the UK and elsewhere.
I have also undertaken a number of projects which involve research in education. I have published a number of articles on the development of the Professional Work Placement for Politics at the University of Huddersfield and other professional development articles on my experiences as a doctoral student and how to organise a conference.
Mycock, A. and Gifford, C. (2015) ‘Beyond the English? The UKs Pluri-National Euroscepticism’. In: The UK Challenge to Europeanization. : Palgrave Macmillan UK. pp. 51-72. ISBN 978-1-349-57850-4
Mycock, A (2014) ‘Invisible and inaudible? England's Scottish diaspora and the politics of the Union’. In: The Modern Scottish Diaspora: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives. : Edinburgh University Press. . ISBN 9780748681402
Mycock, A. and Tonge, J. (2014) ‘Some progress made, still much to do : youth political engagement since the youth citizenship commission’. In: Beyond the youth citizenship commission : young people and politics. : Political Studies Association. pp. 8-13. ISBN 9780956966148
Mycock, A. and Tonge, J. (2014) Beyond the youth citizenship commission : young people and politics . : Political Studies Association. ISBN 9780956966148
Mycock, A (2014) ‘The First World War Centenary in the UK: A Truly National Commemoration?’ The Round Table , 103 (2), pp. 153-163. ISSN 0035-8533
Mycock, A., Sumartojo, S. and Wellings, B. (2014) ‘The centenary to end all centenaries’. In: Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration: Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand (Cultural Memories). : Peter Lang. pp. 1-24. ISBN 9783034309370
Mycock, A (2014) ‘The politics of the great war centenary in the United Kingdom’. In: Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration: Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand (Cultural Memories). : Peter Lang. pp. 99-118. ISBN 9783034309370
Mycock, A. and McDaid, S. (2014) ‘Dividing the nations? Understanding the British Culture Wars’. In: Political Studies Association Conference PSA 64th Annual International Conference, 14-16 April 2014, Manchester, UK
Mycock, A (2014) Post-imperial citizenship, national identity and education: Britain and post-Soviet Russia . London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230553101
McDaid, S., Mycock, A., McGlynn, C., McAuley, J. and Gormley-Heenan, C. (2014) The Northern Ireland Culture Wars Symposium Report: November 2013 Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield
Gifford, C., Mycock, A. and Murakami, J. (2013) ‘Becoming citizens in late modernity: a global-national comparison of young people in Japan and the UK’ Citizenship Studies . ISSN 1362-1025
Mycock, A (2013) ‘Understanding the post-British English nation state’. In: Literature of an Independent England: Revisions of England, Englishness and English Literature. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 15-30. ISBN 9781137035233
Mycock, A. and Hayton, R. (2012) ‘The Party Politics of Englishness’ British Journal of Politics and International Relations . ISSN 1369-1481
Mycock, A., Tonge, J. and Jeffery, B. (2012) ‘Does Citizenship Education Make Young People Better-Engaged Citizens?’ Political Studies , 60 (3), pp. 578-602. ISSN 1467-9248
Mycock, A (2012) ‘SNP, identity and citizenship: Re-imagining state and nation’ National identities , 14 (1). ISSN 1460-8944
McAuley, J., Ward, P., Thomas, P., Mycock, A., Matthews, J., McGlynn, C., Hayton, R. and Webster, W. (2011) ‘Academy for British and Irish Studies, 2011’. In: Academy for British and Irish Studies (relaunch), December 2011, University of Huddersfield
McAuley, J., Mycock, A. and Tonge, J. (2011) Loyal to the Core? Orangeism and Britishness in Northern Ireland . Sallins Co. Kildare: Irish Academic Press. ISBN 9780716530886
Mycock, A (2011) ‘Teaching the post-empire state: a study of the British history wars’. In: Rethinking the Modern: Colonialism, Empire and Slavery Conference 2011, 11-12th July 2011, Warwick, UK
Mycock, A (2011) ‘These post-colonial Englands’. In: Understanding the Social World Conference 2011, 13th - 15th July 2011, University of Huddersfield
Mycock, A., Andrews, R., McGlynn, C. and Hearn, M. (2011) ‘History teaching and identity: a comparison of young people in Australia and England’. In: Britishness, identity and citizenship: the view from abroad. Oxfordshire, UK: Peter Lang. . ISBN 9783034302265
Mycock, A. and Ward, P. (2011) ‘Education, identity and empire: history teaching in multi-national post-imperial Britain’. In: Teaching The Nation-State After Empire In Europe: National Historiography And History, 10-12th June 2011, University of Huddersfield, UK
Mycock, A (2011) ‘Understanding Britishness in Hong Kong 1990-97’. In: Empire State of Mind: Articulations of British Culture in the Empire, 1707-1997, May 25th 2011, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Hayton, R. and Mycock, A. (2011) ‘The Party Politics of the Union’. In: 61st Political Studies Association Annual Conference Transforming Politics: New Synergies, 19-21st April 2011, London, UK
McGlynn, C. and Mycock, A. (2011) ‘Five Key Lessons for Organising a Conference’ European Political Science , 10 (1), pp. 59-68. ISSN 1680-4333
McAuley, J., Tonge, J. and Mycock, A. (2011) ‘Loyalism, Orangeism and Britishness: Contemporary Synergies and Tensions’. In: Ulster Loyalism after the Good Friday agreement: politics, processes and futures. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. . ISBN 9780230228856
Mycock, A. and Tonge, J. (2011) ‘A Big Idea for the Big Society? The Advent of National Citizen Service’ The Political Quarterly , 82 (1), pp. 56-66. ISSN 0032-3179
McAuley, J., Tonge, J. and Mycock, A. (2010) ‘Personal and Public Lives: Orangeism and political identities in Northern Ireland’. In: The Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference, 6th-9th December 2010, Macquarie University Sydney Australia
Mycock, A (2010) ‘Understanding the English nation-state’. In: Literature of an Independent England One Day Conference,, 6th November 2010, Warwick, UK
Mycock, A. and Loskoutova, M. (2010) ‘The Empire strikes back? The historiography of 'high imperialism' and its impact on history teaching in Britain and the Russian Federation’. In: Nationalizing the Past : Historians as Nation Builders in Modern Europe. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 233-258. ISBN 9780230237926
Monro, S., Razaq, U., Thomas, P. and Mycock, A. (2010) Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP) Community Cohesion and Prevent Pilot. A report prepared for: Local Government Yorkshire & Humber Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield
Gifford, C., Mycock, A. and Murakami, J. (2010) ‘Young adults and their journeys to citizenship: a comparison of UK and Japanese students’. In: Global Studies the third International Conference:Global Rebalancing: East Asia and 21C Globalization, 21-23rd June 2010, Pusan National University, Busan, South Korea
Andrews, R., McGlynn, C. and Mycock, A. (2010) ‘National pride and students' attitudes towards history: an exploratory study’ Educational Studies , 36 (3), pp. 299-309. ISSN 0305-5698
Mycock, A (2010) ‘British Citizenship and the Legacy of Empires’ Parliamentary Affairs , 63 (2), pp. 339-355. ISSN 1460-2482
McGlynn, C. and Mycock, A. (2010) ‘Parliamentary Affairs: A Special Edition on Britishness’ Parliamentary Affairs , 63 (2), pp. 223-228. ISSN 1460-2482
Mycock, A (2010) ‘The British history wars’. In: 60th Political Studies Association Annual Conference Sixty Years of Political Studies: Achievements and Futures, 29 March - 1 April 2010, Edinburgh, UK
Mycock, A (2010) ‘Linking Theory and Practice on Politics Work Placement Modules’. In: The Scholarship of Engagement for Politics: Placement Learning, Citizenship. Birmingham, UK: Sociology, Anthropology, Politics (C-SAP), The Higher Education Academy. pp. 177-201. ISBN 1 902191 42 0
Tonge, J. and Mycock, A. (2010) ‘Citizenship and Political Engagement Among Young People: The Workings and Findings of the Youth Citizenship Commission’ Parliamentary Affairs , 63 (1), pp. 182-200. ISSN 1460-2482
Mycock, A (2009) ‘The enduring legacy of empire: post-imperial citizenship and national identity(ies) in the UK’. In: Multiculturalism and Moral Conflict. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 170-191. ISBN 9780415466158
Andrews, R., McGlynn, C. and Mycock, A. (2009) ‘Students' attitudes towards history: does self-identity matter?’ Educational Research , 51 (3), pp. 365-377. ISSN 0013-1881
Mycock, A (2009) ‘The SNP, identity and citizenship: re-imagining state and nation’. In: Scotland: Ten Years on, 18th-19th June 2009, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland
Mycock, A (2009) ‘The politics of citizenship education: changing perspectives since 1997’. In: 59th Political Studies Association Annual Conference: Challenges for Democracy in a Global Era, 7th - 9th April 2009, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Mycock, A (2009) ‘Britishness and the legacy of Empire’. In: 59th Political Studies Association Annual Conference: Challenges for Democracy in a Global Era, 7th - 9th April 2009, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
Mycock, A (2008) ‘Identity, citizenship and education: a comparative analysis of undergraduates in Higher Education in England and Australia’. In: 10th Annual Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe (CiCe) Conference, May 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
Mycock, A (2008) ‘Empire, State and Nation: Post-Imperial Nationalism in the UK and Russian Federation’. In: 18th Annual ASEN Conference: Nationalism, East and West: Civic and Ethnic Conceptions of Nationhood, April 15-17, 2008, London School of Economics
Mycock, A., Tonge, J., Flinders, M. and Russell, A. (2008) ‘The future of citizenship roundtable’. In: 58th Political Studies Association Annual Conference: Democracy, Governance and Conflict: Dilemmas of Theory and Practice, 1-3 April 2008, Swansea, Wales
Mycock, A (2008) ‘Britishness, identity and young citizens in Higher Education in England’. In: 58th Political Studies Association Annual Conference: Democracy, Governance and Conflict: Dilemmas of Theory and Practice, 1-3 April 2008, Swansea, Wales
Mycock, A (2008) ‘Education, identity and empire: history teaching in multi-national post-imperial Britain’. In: European Social Science History Conference 2008, Tuesday 26 February - 1 March 2008., Lisbon, Portugal
Mycock, A (2008) ‘Dilemmas of Devolution: Citizenship Education and the Politics of Britishness’. In: PSA British and Comparative Territorial Politics Specialist Group Conference, 10-11 January 2008, University of Edinburgh
Andrews, R. and Mycock, A. (2008) ‘Dilemmas of Devolution: The Politics of Britishness and Citizenship Education’ British Politics , 3 (2), pp. 139-155. ISSN 1746918X
Mycock, A (2007) ‘History teaching and identity in Post-Soviet Russia’. In: National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies 2007, 15th-17th November 2007, New Orleans, USA
Mycock, A (2007) ‘Nation, state and empire: the historiography of 'High Imperialism' in the British and Russian empires’. In: European Science Foundation Workshop, 19th October 2007, Prague, Czech Republic
Andrews, R. and Mycock, A. (2007) ‘Citizenship education in the UK: devolution, diversity and divergence’ Citizenship Teaching and Learning , 3 (1), pp. 73-88. ISSN 1751-1917
Mycock, A. and Tonge, J. (2007) ‘The Future of Citizenship’. In: Failing Politics? A Response to 'The Governance of Britain' Green Paper. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: The Political Studies Association. pp. 18-21.
Mycock, A (2007) ‘Where's the real lecturer?: the experiences of doctoral educators in the UK’ European Political Science , 6 (2), pp. 208-218. ISSN 1680-4333
Mycock, A (2007) ‘The Enduring Legacy of Empire: Post-imperial Citizenship and National Identity(ies) in the United Kingdom’. In: Multiculturalism and Moral Conflict, 21-23 March 2007, Durham University Centre for the History of Political Thought
Mycock, A (2006) ‘Where the sun never sets? History teaching in Britain and the enduring legacy of Empire’. In: Border Politics of Whiteness Conference, 13th December 2006, MacQuarie University, Sydney, Australia
Mycock, A (2006) ‘The Empire strikes back? The historiography of high Imperialism and its impact on history teaching in Britain and the Russian Federation’. In: European Science Foundation Workshop, 18th October 2007, University of Manchester, UK
Mycock, A (2006) ‘The legacy of Empire? Asymmetric democratisation of the former Soviet Union’. In: European Studies Research Institute Seminar, 17th May 2006, University of Salford, UK
Mycock, A (2005) ‘Russian citizenship and the Northern Dimension’. In: European Union Northern Dimensions Conference, 14th December 2005, Manchester, UK
Mycock, A (2005) ‘The politics of history in Britain’. In: European Studies Research Institute Postgraduate Seminar Series, 3rd October 2005, Salford, UK
Mycock, A (2005) ‘Citizenship and national identity in the Russian Federation’. In: European Studies Research Institute Postgraduate Seminar Series, 21st February 2005, Salford, UK
Mycock, A., McGlynn, C. and Grand, P. (2004) Understanding Britain Salford, UK: ESRI
Mycock, A (2004) ‘Restricted access: a history of national political education in Britain’. In: Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2004, 7th April 2004, Lincoln, UK
Mycock, A (2003) ‘Post-Imperial citizenship and national identity: a comparative study of citizenship education in Britain and the Russian Federation’. In: Political Studies Association Postgraduate Conference 2003, 22nd November 2003, Birmingham, UK
My research has informed policy-making at local and national levels. In 2008-9, I served on the Ministry of Justice Youth Citizenship Commission which to evidence over a twelve-month period. I was a lead contributor to the Commission literature review and participated in a number of research workshops across the UK with young people and adults. I was asked to contribute to the writing of the Youth Citizenship Commission final report, providing sections on citizenship education, National Citizen Service and helping shape the Commission’s final recommendations to government. The Commission reported to then Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street. I was asked to continue working with the government by then Minister for Young Citizens and Youth Engagement, Dawn Butler MP, on developing youth citizenship from January 2010 until the 2010 general election.
I have also been asked submit evidence to two government commissions on citizenship education and school history. I provided written evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee review of citizenship education. My evidence was published in full in the final report: House of Commons Education and Skills Committee, Citizenship Education: Government Response to the Committee's Second Report of Session 2006–07, HC 517 (London: The Stationery Office, 2007). I was invited be interviewed by Keith Ajegbo, chair for the Diversity and Citizenship Curriculum Review, at the Department of Education in October 2006. I am cited in the final report: Department for Education, Diversity and Citizenship Curriculum Review (London: The Stationary Office, 2007) ISBN: 978-1-84478-883-5. I have been asked to provide expertise by the British Council, the British, Irish and Danish Youth Councils, the Westminster Education Forum, the UK Youth Parliament, and Bradford, Kirklees, Hull, Leeds, and Northamptonshire councils on a range of issues linked to education, community cohesion, and youth citizenship. I regularly provide policy advice and host seminars for the Kirklees Youth Council and the Involving Young Citizens Equally team which is part of Kirklees Children and Young People Service.
I have extensive experience of organising conferences, workshops, and delivering public lectures. I have also been asked to review a significant number of journal articles and funding applications and have been appointed as external bid examiner for the European Science Foundation (2010-13).
I have developed a strong public media profile in newspapers, online, and on regional and national radio and television (as a contributor and expert advisor). I am a regular contributor to national, regional and local press, with opinion pieces published in The Guardian, The Yorkshire Post, and The Huddersfield Examiner. I have also had opinion pieces published in a range of other publications. I have appeared on a number of BBC Radio 4, 5 Live, and Scotland and am a regular contributor to BBC Radio, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds, and other regional commercial radio stations. I have also contributed to programmes on Serbian, Swedish and Norwegian public radio. I am an active on-line blogger and write regularly for British site Open Democracy, the Australian site On-line Opinion, and the University of Huddersfield’s ‘Views from the North’.
Selected Opinion Pieces
I am keen to supervise motivated research students in the following broadly defined areas. Please contact me if you wish to discuss the development of your postgraduate research:
Current Doctoral Students
Masters by Research
Co-researcher (with Dr Surya Munro, Dr Paul Thomas and Umar Razaq) on Local Government Yorkshire and Humber funded research (£20,000). Project assessed the progress made by two local authorities (Bradford and Kirklees) on government policies promoting community cohesion, including the coordination and implementation of community cohesion related strategies, impact on neighbourhoods, and the role of strategic partners. Research included interviews with the chief executives of both councils and policy officers, councillors, community workers, community activists and other local citizens, and representatives from voluntary groups and other community organisations. The final report was published in January 2011. The findings were presented by the team in February 2011 at a knowledge-sharing event to an audience drawn from the Local Government Yorkshire Humber, both local authorities, and a range representatives from the public sector and third sector groups.
My approach to teaching and learning is founded in a belief of the potential for research-led approaches in higher education and the proactive development of the student learning experience. My teaching is underpinned by a passion for the study of the social sciences and the encouragement of democratic participation and active citizenship amongst students and others on campus and within the wider community. I believe that Politics is not a spectator sport and students should link theory to practice through an active approach to participation.
I have extensive experience of teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, designing and delivering a range of singularly-convened and team-taught politics modules and also on other inter- and cross-disciplinary modules. My professional development throughout my academic career has proven consistently adaptive to shifts in student expectations. I have undertaken a range of training courses to development professional practice in terms of design, delivery and assessment of higher education modules. The exceptional quality of my assessment and feedback was recognised by students who nominated me for a University of Huddersfield ‘Thank You’ award in 2012. I was appointed as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in December 2011.
Research-led teaching has evolved through the development of a number of modules which are delivered as part of the Politics suite of courses. For example, I am module leader for ‘Ethnicity and Nationalism’ which focuses on theoretical and empirical debates about the politics of citizenship and identity. The module draws on a number of research articles which explore issues such as the end of empire, multi-nationality, citizenship, and the national past.
The Professional Work Placement module has been recognised to enhance the student experience through the promotion of employability through work-based learning and active research in the community. Students regularly gain placements with local MPs and political parties, within national and local government, the media, education, and the third sector. I have introduced a range of strategies to enhance employability and develop student research and IT skills. My work developing placement-based learning has been recognised by the Higher Education Academy ‘Scholarship of Engagement for Politics’ programme and I have published a number of articles founded on pedagogic development. The introduction of on-line reflective blogging and programmes of active research in the workplace have been adopted within divisional modular framework. I am currently leading a Teaching and Learning Institute-sponsored research project, Citizenship in the Community, which seeks to develop a modular framework that promotes volunteering and student employability through the building of networks with local voluntary organisations, charities and other local actors.
My promotion of active citizenship in the classroom and elsewhere has seen the establishment of regular series of public lectures, seminars, student-led debates and other knowledge-sharing events. I have built strong relationships across West Yorkshire and elsewhere with local authorities, youth organisations, non-governmental and other voluntary actors, and leading political and cultural figures. Students now have regular opportunities to work with local and national organisations and also to meet and debate with politicians and other practitioners. For example, students regularly co-host the Kirklees Youth Council and I have been instrumental in the development of the Local Democracy Week across the region. In November 2012, I lead a team of Social science academics and students from the University of Huddersfield who hosted a day-long conference for young people in secondary schools and further education colleges in West Yorkshire. The conference, ‘Young People in Society: Promoting Youth Citizenship’, was part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) ‘Festival of Social Science’.
I have sought to involve undergraduate and postgraduate students within the research environment of the University, by hosting a range of academic seminars and lectures to all students. I have developed stronger links with our student cohorts through a range of communication forums including regular newsletters. I have also assisted in the formation of a student-led Politics Society which now hosts regular visits to Westminster, Q and A session with leading politicians, debates on issues such as tuition fees and the European Union, and other social events.