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Jack Sheldon

Jack Sheldon

Thesis Title: Substantive representation of sub-state territories in the UK House of Commons.

Supervisor: Professor Michael Kenny

College: Downing College

Research Interests

Research Interests:

Parliaments; territorial politics; inter-institutional relations; representation; British politics

Jack’s PhD examines the extent to which, in what ways and with what consequences MPs seek to represent sub-state territories such as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the UK House of Commons. He applies a mixed-methods approach, combining detailed content analysis of parliamentary records and interviews.

Alongside his PhD, Jack works as a researcher on the ESRC-funded project ‘Between Two Unions: The Constitutional Future of the Islands after Brexit’ at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy within POLIS. His work on this project focuses on understandings of the UK Union within political parties and on intergovernmental and interparliamentary relations. 

From 2015-17 Jack worked at the Constitution Unit, University College London, where he co-authored a report on Options for an English Parliament and was editor of the Constitution Unit blog.

Key Publications


‘An English Parliament: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?’ (with M. Russell), in M. Kenny, I. McLean and A. Paun (ed.), Governing England: English Identity and Institutions in a Changing United Kingdom, November 2018.


Reforming Intergovernmental Relations in the United Kingdom (with N. McEwen, M. Kenny and C. Brown Swan), November 2018


Options for an English Parliament (with M. Russell), March 2018

Website: Twitter - @ja_sheldon