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 politics of the North of England. In particular, I am looking at the extent to which the North is being politicised and the way that the North and issues that affect it are framed within contemporary political debate. As part of this project I am undertaking qualitative interviews with key stakeholders relevant to current political debates in the North including MPs, council leaders, metro-mayors, journalists, and researchers.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I completed a BA in Politics and Contemporary History and a Master by Research degree 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.

I also have experience working as a research assistant on a project looking at youth participation in politics. I am currently working as a teaching assistant on the British Politics module at the University of Leeds. I have learned a great deal from all of this academic experience and I am eager to develop my skills further as I pursue my PhD and subsequently as my career progresses.

I am keen to engage the public in my research and have published work in The Conversation, The Yorkshire Post, and the UK in a Changing Europe blog. I have also appeared on local BBC radio and TV.

Research interests

Key areas of interest include:

  • British Politics
  • Devolution
  • Regionalism
  • Nationalism
  • Party Politics


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