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 Northern issues are framed within contemporary political debate. 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:

  • British Politics
  • Regional devolution
  • Regionalism
  • National/regional identity politics
  • Party Politics



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