Ryan Swift

Ryan Swift


I joined the University of Leeds in September 2017 on an ESRC funded 1+3 Social Research MA and PhD scholarship in Politics. Since September 2018 I have been pursuing my doctoral research on the party politics of devolution in the North of England. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I completed a BA in Politics and Contemporary History at the University of Huddersfield which I passed with first class honours and received awards for the highest overall degree grade and the best final year project. As a result, I received a scholarship to undertake a Master by Research at the University of Huddersfield. For this, I carried out research on the Labour Party and the 'Politics of Englishness' which involved undertaking a number of qualitative interviews with Labour Party MPs and council leaders. My thesis was awarded a distinction. I have learned a great deal from all of this previous academic experience and I am eager to develop my skills further as I pursue my PhD at Leeds and subsequently as my career progresses.

Research interests

Key areas of interest include:

  • Regional devolution
  • Regionalism
  • British party politics
  • National/regional identity politics
  • Systems of governance
  • Party systems



  • MA Social Research (Distinction)
  • MRes Politics (Distinction)
  • BA Politics with Contemporary History (1st)