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Collective action participation for Scottish Independence

   School of Social Sciences

  Dr Yasemin Acar  Sunday, October 31, 2021  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Dundee United Kingdom Community Psychology Psychology Politics

About the Project

This project focuses on the potential upcoming bid for Scottish independence. Scottish identity and Scots’ sense of belonging to Britain has seen a shift over the past few years, especially after the referendum vote in 2016. This research would examine the changing perceptions of Scottish and British identity of people who live in Scotland, as well as the collective action to push for Scottish Independence. The research would consist of three mixed method studies, including participant observation in marches and rallies for independence, interviews with attendees, and survey to examine changing identities as they relate to collective action participation and endorsement of Scottish independence.

 Keywords: social identity, collective action, social psychology, political behaviour, Scottish identity, British identity

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Yasemin Acar ()

For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent for non-UK qualifications), and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. For international qualifications, please see equivalent entry requirements here:

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) overall score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in reading, listening and speaking). The University of Dundee accepts a variety of equivalent qualifications; please see full details of the University’s English language requirements here:


Step 1: Email Dr Yasemin Acar () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Acar, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:


Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Psychology on our direct application system: Psychology : Study : University of Dundee


In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:

- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;

- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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