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Gerry Hassan is an associate fellow with IPPR Scotland, leading on a range of projects and work including publications, research and events.

Gerry is a writer, commentator and researcher, and has written widely and extensively on a range of public policy issues, public debates and the role and limits of official politics.

Gerry has been research fellow at the University of the West of Scotland, where he completed his PhD on the characteristics and role of the public sphere in Scotland, which led to his academic study, Independence of the Scottish Mind (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). He has written and edited 20 books on Scottish and British politics, and wider issues of social change and agency including the widely referenced Caledonian Dreaming: The Quest for a Different Scotland (Luath 2014), The Strange Death of Labour Scotland (Edinburgh University Press 2012) and Scotland 2020: Hopeful Stories for a Northern Nation (Demos 2005) and The Dreaming City: Glasgow 2020 and the Power of Mass Imagination (Demos 2007), both of which achieved major Scottish and international influence.

Gerry has worked with, and advised, a range of bodies from the Scottish government, public bodies and the voluntary sector. He has a background and commitment to public engagement, innovation and participative processes which has been developed across a range of projects and partners. He produced the Changin' Scotland series of residential weekends which ran twice a year from 2002–15, and is currently co-director of Imagination: Scotland’s Festival of Ideas, which is now entering its third year.

He also writes and comments widely in the press, writing a weekly Sunday Mail column, regularly contributing to OpenDemocracy, and has a longstanding relationship with the journals Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy and Soundings: A Journal of Culture and Ideas. Gerry’s website with a range of his writing can be found at: