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 Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI) and in 2015 worked with the British Election Study team to produce a study of social media use during the UK 2015 General election. She was a co-investigator of the 2016 Australian Election Study (AES) has held a number of international research and teaching positions at Universities in Australia, Germany and Spain.
Dr Olga Onuch
Dr Onuch is an internationally leading expert in Ukrainian and Argentine politics. She specializes in the comparative study of protest, elections ethnolinguistic identity and public opinion in democratizing states in Latin American and Eastern Europe. Her research has appeared in the Washington Post, The Times, BBC, Channel Four, Guardian, 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 whistleblowing in government, institutions and crisis and the role of political biography in political analysis.
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.
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.