Academic Fellow of the Scottish Parliament

29 September 2019

Kevin Orr, School of Management Professor of Leadership and Governance, has been made an Academic Fellow of the Scottish Parliament. He is joined in this prestigious award by Professor Sabina Siebert of the University of Glasgow, who is also School of Management Honorary Professor at St Andrews. They will be using the Fellowships to undertake an ethnographic study of the Scottish Parliament.

They will explore how Parliament building shapes the workings of the institution. The study involves asking:

  • How do people shape the Parliamentary spaces?
  • How do Parliamentary spaces affect the practices, modes of working and people's interactions?

Professor Orr commented:

'The recent 20th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament makes this study an excellent opportunity to take stock of the work of Parliament and its wider impact. As Academic Fellows embedded in the institution, we can explore how the design of this modern parliament has supported particular working and parliamentary practices across the last twenty years. We can examine what traditions and norms have emerged and become established in this space. And we can look at how these might constrain and enable future evolution of the building in light of wider political change in Scotland and the UK.'

Our photo shows Professors Kevin Orr and Sabina Siebert at the Scottish Parliament.

Kevin Orr and Sabina Siebert with the Scottish Parliament chamber in the background