Paula Keaveney


Paula Keaveney is a former BBC Journalist and former PR practitioner who has played a range of roles in Politics since 1981. She has held elected office, been the leader of a Council group, stood as a candidate in high profile elections, run election campaigns, worked at a party headquarters and played administrative and organisational roles.

Paula studied Politics at Edinburgh University before training to be a broadcast journalist. She brings her academic interests and her practical experience to the teaching of Politics at Edge Hill University.

Paula is a regular broadcaster and is frequently asked to comment on political issues and events.

Paula is the Chair of Edge Hill University’s Wonder Women Campaign – an initiative to celebrate the 100th anniversary of some women getting the vote but also to explore other issues of democracy and representation.

Outside of work, Paula is keen on quizzing and has taken part in Eggheads (where she beat one of the Eggheads team on politics) and on Mastermind (where she answered questions about the TV comedy The Thick of It).


  • MA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics. 1982. Edinburgh University
  • Diplomas in Journalism and Public Relations
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education


  • POL1001 – Introduction to Political Concepts and Theories
  • POL1002 – Introduction to Political Systems and Institutions
  • POL 2001 – Comparative European Politics
  • POL 2005 – Contemporary US Politics
  • POL3001 – Strategic Political Communications
  • POL3002 – Working in Politics

Research Interests

  • Candidate Selection
  • Political Communication
  • Voting and Elections
  • Lobbying and Public Affairs


Regular writer for The Conversation and Influence (CIPR publication)

Notes for editors: what the campaign press releases tell us about Vote Leave and Britain Stronger in Europe in EU Referendum Analysis 2016 (2016). Political Studies Association

On line lobbying of political candidates in Frame and Brachotte (2016) Citizen Participation and Political Communication in a Digital World. Routledge

Kaufmann and Keaveney (eds) (2001) Marketing for the Voluntary Sector. Kogan Page

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