Campbell MacPherson (He/Him)

Student, University of St Andrews

About Campbell MacPherson

I was fortunate enough to conduct academic research under the supervision of Stephen Gethins, former MP and Professor of Practice in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Stephen introduced me to a truly fascinating yet often overlooked area of International Relations: sub-state and regional actors and their place in global politics, with a focus on Scotland in particular. Through this, I have developed an interest in Scotland's place in the world as a nation without an independent foreign office, but as a nation with extensive international influence and a powerful global diaspora. This topic formed the basis of my Laidlaw project, my undergraduate dissertation, a forthcoming article,  and my future research. 

In my second year of university, I founded The Drew, an online student publication based in St Andrews which publishes articles on Scottish politics and culture. There was an unfortunate lack of Scottish issues being discussed in St Andrews (despite bearing the name of Scotland's patron saint and being home to Scotland's most ancient university), and so The Drew was set up to help foster more discussion. 

I take a keen interested in other academic fields such as politics, history, and philosophy. Although an International Relations student first and foremost, I had the opportunity of studying Ancient History and Classics alongside my degree for two years. If I were to ever win the lottery, you would find me endlessly cycling University, spending my remaining days studying Ancient History and Philosophy, Politics, Anthropology, Theology, Theoretical Physics and Maths, or whatever subject I develop an interest in down the line.

I am always keen to discuss my own research area and learn about others'.

I am a/an:

Alum: Undergraduate Leadership & Research Programme


University of St Andrews

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

Identity & Belonging International Relations

Area of Expertise

Humanities Politics

I am from:

United Kingdom

I speak:


My hobbies/interests are:

Hiking/walking Music Politics & current events Volunteering Writing/blogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


Intro Content

Report Anthropology Humanities Social Sciences

Scottish Identity Overseas, Research Report

Influencer Of

Popular Content


Channels contributed to:

Arts & Humanities Social Sciences Research

Rooms participated in:

University of St Andrews The Kasiisi Project

Recent Comments

May 09, 2024
Replying to Nikol Chen

Hey Campbell, thanks for posting! We also have an intro thread for the 2024 cohort in case you'd like to contribute :) 

Thank you Nikol, I'm more than happy to contribute.

Aug 17, 2023

Profoundly insightful! Its fantastic to hear your reflections.

Comment on Day 5 in Bishkek
Jul 01, 2022

Fascinating Charlie! Enjoy the rest of your time in Bishkek.



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