Political participation, new media, women in politics, the effect of religion and race, and the voting age are all part of the UK’s democratic mix.
Prof Rachel Gibson
A Professor of Political Science, Rachel is an expert on the impact of New Media on political parties, campaigns and elections. She Directs the University’s Institute for Social Change and recently completed an ESRC Professorial Fellowship to investigate e-campaigning and citizen participation in comparative perspective. She has been a Principal Investigator on the Australian Election Study (AES) and the Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA) and has held a number of international research and teaching positions at Universities in Australia, Germany and Spain.
Dr Olga Onuch
Dr Onuch is a leading expert in Ukrainian and Argentine politics. She conducts comparative study of protest politics, political behaviour and institutions, and good governance in democratizing states in Latin American and Eastern Europe. Her research has appeared in the Washington Post, The Times, BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, AFP, among others.
Prof Dave Richards
The political biography, Government
A Professor of Public Policy, Dave's main research interests are in British politics, Australian politics, public policy, governance, globalisation, state theory and political biography. His current research addresses themes of democracy and accountability, leaks and whistle blowing in government, institutions and crisis and the role of political biography in political analysis.
Prof Andrew Russell
The voting age, Liberal Democrats, Voting and poll analysis
Andrew is a seasoned political pundit, making regular contributions to newspapers and television programmes. He has published widely on political parties in general, elections, campaigning and electoral engagement. He has a specific interest in British Liberal Democrats and young people, and has been in Mozambique as an election observer.
Dr Maria Sobolewska
Religious voters, The ethnic minority vote
Maria Sobolewska is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and completed her doctorate on the political attitudes and voting of ethnic minorities in Britain at the University of Oxford. She works on the political integration and representation of ethnic minorities in Britain, public perceptions of integration, and the production and framing of public opinion of British Muslims. She has been part of the team conducting the Ethnic Minority British Election Survey in 2010 and is currently co-authoring a book based on this study.
Prof Colin Talbot
Government, Public policy
Colin Talbot is Professor of Government at The University of Manchester. Colin's main area of expertise is public services and public management reform. He has advised Parliamentary Committees on civil service, performance and public spending issues. He is a regular commentator in the media and made a major impact on the 2010 General Election campaign with his analysis of Conservative public sector cutting plans He is the creator of the popular Whitehall Watch blog and directs Policy@Manchester.
Dr Nick Turnbull
Nick is a politics lecturer who is an expert in political rhetoric. Nick has worked as a political advisor to a Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council and a civil servant in the Australian Public Service. He is able to analyse how speeches and statements made by politicians use language as a means to persuade. Has written about two main areas of study: social policy and the theory of policy and politics.