Our Staff

Kezia Dugdale - DirectorKezia Dugdale - Centre Director

Kezia leads and oversees the Centre, and is responsible for all aspects of strategic development. 

She plans and drives the work of the Centre, encompassing all its activities and programmes. She is supported in her role by Alison Hopper and Katie Rice, and works closely with the Board to deliver the mission and vision of the John Smith Centre. 

✉: JohnSmithCentre@glasgow.ac.uk


Alison HopperAlison Hopper - Centre Development Manager

‌‌‌Alison manages the day-to-day running of the Centre.

She works with the Centre's Management Board to take its vision forward by developing and delivering the Centre's projects and initiatives, including the Parliamentary Internship Programme and our programme of events.

Alison also works with the University of Glasgow's Development and Alumni Office to increase awareness and support of the Centre's work.

✉: Alison.Hopper@glasgow.ac.uk
☎: 0141 330 1683


Barry Black, Graduate Teaching AssistantBarry Black - Graduate Teaching Assistant

Barry is A PhD Researcher based at the University's Urban Big Data Centre. His research focuses on the influences upon secondary school subject choices in Scotland.

He is the Graduate Teaching Assistant within the Centre, leading the team in developing the Centre's MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

He joined the Centre in autumn 2019, having previously worked in the UK and Scottish Parliaments.



Chris CarmanProfessor Christopher Carman - Academic Lead‌

Christopher J. Carman (Ph.D., 2000, University of Houston) is the Stevenson Professor of Citizenship at the University of Glasgow. His research focuses on political representation and its alternatives (e.g. public petitions systems), elections and electoral processes, public opinion and public (environmental) policy.

Chris is the Academic Lead for the John Smith Centre and works on our public service research, leads on our academic events, and contributes to our Parliamentary Internship Programme.

✉: Christopher.Carman@glasgow.ac.uk
☎: 0141 330 5353