Campbell MacPherson

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About Campbell MacPherson

I was fortunate enough to conduct academic research under the supervision of Stephen Gethins (former MP; 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. Through my work with Stephen, 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 rich international influence and a unique connection to Europe and the rest of the world. In addition to my interest in UK foreign affairs and domestic politics - not least my interest surrounding the Scottish constitutional debate - I intend to explore this area of interest throughout my academic career.

Through my time studying International Relations the University of St Andrews, I have developed a keen interest in: Terrorism Studies, so-called 'Sub-Saharan' African Politics and IR, Postcolonial Theory (among other critical theories), and the role of identity in international relations and conflict. It must be noted however, that my interests are ever-changing, and I am still exploring the vast and rich discipline, discovering new interests every year of my degree.

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 foster more discussion. 

As far as my academic interests are concerned, I am quite frankly a sucker for all things politics, history, and philosophy. Although an International Relations student first and foremost, I had the joy of studying Ancient History and Classics alongside my degree. 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, Egyptology, Theology, Theoretical Physics and Maths, or whatever subject I develop an interest in down the line.

I am always down for a discussion and chat about my areas of interest - so never shy away from reaching out if we have any interests in common.

I am a/an:

Undergraduate Scholar

Area of Expertise

Humanities Politics

Research Topic

Identity & Belonging International Relations

Laidlaw Cohort Year



University of St Andrews

I am from:

United Kingdom

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My hobbies/interests are:

Badminton Music Politics & current events Writing/blogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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Channels contributed to:

Arts & Humanities Social Sciences Research

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University of St Andrews

Recent Comments

Comment on Day 5 in Bishkek
Jul 01, 2022

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