Professor James Mitchell has made major contributions to the understanding of government in Scotland. His work covers political science, public policy and government. His main research interests are in territorial politics; the politics of devolution and multi-level government; public policy issues related to territorial politics; and the political sociology of territorial politics, including regionalism and nationalism. He received his PhD from the University of Oxford and previous roles include Professor of Public Policy at the University of Sheffield and Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde. In 2013 he joined the University of Edinburgh.