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Finding a supervisor

As a student you will have two supervisors in order to cover sufficient specialism and a variety of skills and expertise within your research project.

We make sure that you get the very best training by:

  • Streamlining the way that we provide you with feedback throughout your doctoral research project;
  • Introducing personal development planning (PDP) as a core component;
  • Giving you opportunities to enhance your career building skills;
  • Making sure that you are fully integrated into Politics' research community;
  • Championing Political Perspectives, which is run by our PhD students; and
  • Helping financially wherever possible with fieldwork trips and the costs associated with presenting papers at conferences.

Our supervisors work across a range of politics research areas, our specialisms include:

  • Comparative public policy and institutions
  • Global political economy
  • Political theory
  • Democracy and elections
  • Critical global politics
  • Projects and networks, such as The British Election Survey and Gender in Politics

Explore our key research themes below and the staff who work within these, then click through to see their individual interests and what they would be keen to supervise. 

Research themes 

Data and methods

Research specialisms: qualitative mixed methods, music/language as data, aesthetics and the sensory in social sciences. 

Research specialisms: survey research, methodology and quantitative methods.

Research specialisms: mixed qualitative methods, participatory research methods, co-production.

Research specialisms: quantitative methods.

Research specialisms: protest surveys, capturing ethnic identities in surveys, field and language based qualitative methods. 

Research specialisms: methods of political psychology in international affairs.

Research specialisms: social media analysis, survey methodology, mixed methods.

Research specialisms: quantitative methods. 

Elections, participation and governance

  • Andy Westwood

Research specialisms: British politics governance.

Research specialisms: American politics, race and religion.

Research specialisms: public policy in UK, governance and globalisation.

Research specialisms: Greek politics and politics of the EU.

Research specialisms: political opinion and political behaviour in the UK.

Research specialisms: public policy, policy agendas, gender and politics, British politics. 

Research specialisms: institutions and public policy through a gender lens.

Research specialisms: local governance, urban governance, public policy. 

Research specialisms: UK parliamentary politics. 

Research specialisms: political opinion and political behaviour. 

Research specialisms: political participation, electoral behaviour, political communication. 

Research specialisms: public policy and governance.

Research specialisms: ethnicity and identity, political opinion and political behaviour.

Research specialisms: political behaviour and opinion in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Research specialisms: European governance.

Research specialisms: political opinion and political behaviour, digital technology and political parties. 

Research specialisms: radical right politics, elections and electoral behaviour. 

Research specialisms: political opinion and political behaviour and gender.

  • Stephen De Wijze

Research specialisms: theories of democracy and representation.

Research specialisms: Soviet governance.

Global inequalities

Research specialisms: gender, debt, politico-economic inequalities.

Research specialisms: race and politics of resistance.

Research specialisms: social justice and equality.

Research specialisms: gender, war, violence.

Research specialisms: migration, Chinese immigrants, marriage migration and market.

Research specialisms: gender, feminism.

Research specialisms: economic crisis inequalities.

Research specialisms: inequalities produced by global capitalism.

Research specialisms: humanitarian intervention.

Research specialisms: politics of development.

Research specialisms: race and class.

Research specialisms: the United Nations, international security.

Research specialisms: human security, protection of civilians.

  • Juri Viehoff

Research specialisms: theories of justice.

  • Kevin Morgan

Research specialisms: labour movements and the radical left. 

Research specialisms: conflict, gender, peacebuilding, peacekeeping.

Research specialisms: equality of opportunity and education.

Research specialisms: social justice and civic participation in urban contexts.

Research specialisms: migration and war.

Research specialisms: immigrant integration, race, ethnicity and religion.

Research specialisms: conflict and security and popular culture.

Research specialisms: global justice.

Research specialisms: immigration, race and ethnicity.

Research specialisms: protest, migration, and drivers of conflict in post-authoritarian contexts.

Research specialisms: peacebuilding.

Research specialisms: China-US relations.

Research specialisms: peacebuilding, conflict, IR.

Research specialisms: nations and nationalism.

Research specialisms: Middle East and North Africa (MENA), peace and conflict studies.

Research specialisms: international trade, development.

Research specialisms: regional development banks.

Research specialisms: human rights and resistance.

Sustainable practices and climate change

Research specialisms: African politics, development studies, environmental politics. 

  • Matthew Patterson

Research specialisms: climate change politics.

Research specialisms: environmental politics.

Research specialisms: environmental politics, feminist/gender politics, urban sustainability.