Scottish Social Attitudes 2014 - The Independence Referendum Campaign: Help or Hindrance?

Details: 

Scheduled with just over a month to go to the referendum on Scottish independence ScotCen Social Research, WhatScotlandThinks, and AQMeN hosted a one-off, free conference looking at how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ the referendum campaign has been (so far) and what this could mean for the future of Scotland

Chaired by BBC Scotland’s Gordon Brewer and incorporated into the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, highlights from the conference included results from the latest Scottish Social Attitudes survey, a panel debate featuring some of Scotland’s top political journalists and talks from leading experts on some of the key issues in the debate on Scottish independence.

Speakers:

  • Penny Young, NatCen
  • John Curtice, ScotCen
  • Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph
  • Richard Wyn Jones, Cardiff University
  • Christine Bell, Edinburgh University
  • Jan Eichhorn, AQMeN, Edinburgh University
  • Lindsay Paterson, AQMeN, Edinburgh University
  • Simon Johnson, The Telegraph
  • George Kerevan, The Scotsman
  • Severin Carrell, The Guardian
  • David McCollum, St Andrews University
  • Rachel Ormston, ScotCen
  • Susan McVie, Director of AQMeN, Edinburgh University

Presentations:

Introduction to Scottish Social Attitudes
Penny Young, NatCen

Scottish Social Attitudes: Has public opinion been moved?
John Curtice, ScotCen
Briefing paper >
Presentation >
Video >

How has the rest of the UK viewed the campaign?
Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph, on the view in Westminster and England.

Richard Wyn Jones, Cardiff University on how Wales has viewed the campaign.
Presentation >
Video >

Christine Bell, Edinburgh University on the view from Northern Ireland.
Presentation >
Video >

Scottish Social Attitudes: What might be the tipping points?
Jan Eichhorn and Lindsay Paterson, AQMeN, Edinburgh University.
Briefing paper >
Presentation >
Video >

Campaign Judgement
Simon Johnson, The Telegraph, George Kerevan, The Scotsman and Severin Carrell, The Guardian

Immigration and the referendum debate
David McCollum, St Andrews University
Presentation >
Video >

Scottish Social Attitudes: What's happened to the gender gap?
Rachel Ormston, ScotCen
Briefing paper >
Presentation >
Video >

Reflections on the day
Susan McVie, Director of AQMeN, Edinburgh University.

Further resources:

What Scotland Thinks website >
#ssa14 on Twitter >
Scottish Affairs, Feb 2014 issue on Scotland's Referendum >
Scottish Social Attitudes further reading >

Date: 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 08:30
Organiser: 
AQMeN, ScotCen Social Research and WhatScotlandThinks
Location: 
Edinburgh
Venue: 
Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ

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