General election 2017

As the UK prepares to go back to the polls on 8 June, Essex academics are already offering expert comment and analysis.

From party positions, electoral strategies, political preferences, political behaviour and the polls, our social scientists are on hand to contribute to the debate via our Globelynx TV Studio, radio ISDN line and the written word.

Essex is home to the top political department in the UK and is ranked 4th in the UK for its social science research.

Our experts

Social Research

Dr Nicole Martin

Dr Nicole Martin

Social Sciences

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Dr Nicole Martin, from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, is an expert on UK elections. She has carried out extensive research into voting patterns among different ethnic minority and immigrant groups in the UK, ethnic minority politicians, and how political parties make appeals to ethnic and religious minorities. She has been interviewed on the BBC Asian Network and quoted by The Independent, The Guardian and Daily Mail.

Areas of expertise relating to the general election

  • Ethnic minority and immigrant voting patterns
  • How major parties target ethnic and religious minorities

In the media

  • Dr Nicole Martin was interviewed on various BBC radio channels about ethnic minority attitudes towards the upcoming election. She appeared on the BBC's regional British South Asian programmes on Sunday including BBC Leeds, BBC Nottingham, BBC Derby, BBC Gloucester, BBC Somerset, BBC Wiltshire and BBC Bristol (3 May 2017)
  • Dr Nicole Martin was quoted in an article in The Hindu about the Liberal Democrats push for ethnic minority votes (3 May 2017)


Social Research

Professor Mike Brewer

Professor Mike Brewer

Social Sciences

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Professor Mike Brewer is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research. His main research interests are in how welfare benefits, labour market programmes, childcare provision and the tax system affects decisions made by households.

Professor Brewer is also interested in poverty and inequality, and ways of measuring household living standards. He has been a long-time proponent of a simpler and more integrated welfare system, and his work on an integrated benefit system has been acknowledged as having informed current government policy.

Areas of expertise relating to the general election

  • The welfare system
  • Measuring poverty
  • Household living standards
  • Childcare provision


Political Scientist

Professor Paul Whiteley

Professor Paul Whiteley

Government

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A regular on TV and radio, Professor Paul Whiteley has also written many columns for the national newspapers. Paul’s was co-director of the British Election Study for 12 years and has also acted as an academic adviser to the Home Office and the Department of Education.

The author of eighteen academic books, Paul’s research has influenced both the structure and campaign activities of the main political parties in Britain and has focused on the parties themselves, the behaviour of the electorate and political economy. Paul has co-authored a forthcoming book entitled Brexit: Why Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Areas of expertise relating to the general election

  • Brexit.
  • The political parties.
  • Electoral behaviour.
  • Political Economy.

In the media

  • Paul Whiteley was quoted in the Daily Gazette on how UKIP’s election tactics are puzzling (15 May 2017)
  • Pau Whiteley was interviewed by Sunday Politics East on why Ukip seems to be picking its General Election battles (14 May 2017)
  • Paul Whiteley was interviewed by BBC Essex on whether the days of the political orator are over (3 May 2017)
  • Paul Whiteley was interviewed by BBC Radio 5 Live on the blurring of the boundaries between left and right (3 May 2017)
  • Paul Whiteley was interviewed by BBC Essex on Jeremy Corbyn’s visit to Essex (3 May 2017)
  • Paul Whiteley is interviewed by LBC Radio on the influence of religion on voting and the growth of secularism (3 May 2017)
  • Paul Whiteley writes for The Conversation on whether this is really the Brexit election (28 April 2017)
  • Paul Whiteley was interviewed by RT News on Theresa May’s snap election (19 April 2017)
  • Paul Whiteley was interviewed extensively on the day Theresa May called a snap general election – Paul spoke to BBC Suffolk and Essex, BBC Look East and the BBC World Service (19 April 2017)


International business

Professor Tazeeb Rajwani

Professor Tazeeb Rajwani

Essex Business School

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Professor Tazeeb Rajwani's research areas include strategic management, nonmarket strategy, corporate political activity, corporate social responsibility and instability in international markets.

Tazeeb has written over 50 academic papers, books, chapters, reports and white papers, and to date his research has been covered by media outlets including the BBC, The Guardian, The Times and the Financial Times.

Areas of expertise relating to the general election

  • Identifying the key political risk factors of the General Election for various companies.
  • How businesses can manage the pre and post-election uncertainty.


Political Scientist

Dr Rob Johns

Professor Rob Johns

Government

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Co-author of the recent book Takeover: Explaining the Extraordinary rise of the SNP, Professor Rob Johns enjoyed great prominence as a political pundit during the Scottish Referendum, including as the studio psephologist on ITV’s live overnight results programme.

The broad focus of Rob’s research centres on how and why people think what they think about politics. He can speak widely on what forms the basis of individual voting decisions and the psychology of campaigning – particularly the role of fear, risk and negative versus positive emotions.

Areas of expertise relating to the general election

  • The SNP.
  • Individual voting decisions.
  • The psychology of campaigning.

In the media



Political Scientist

Dr John Bartle

Dr John Bartle

Government

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Dr John Bartle has carried out extensive research into general elections from a long-term perspective – dating back to 1945. In 2015 John was the subject of a BBC exclusive when he was invited to analyse the latest findings from NatCen’s British Social Attitudes study; finding that the British public had become more left wing since 2010.

Other areas of expertise include party leader TV debates, party election broadcasts, public opinion and voter behaviour.

Areas of expertise relating to the general election

  • General elections since 1945.
  • TV debates.
  • Party election broadcasts.
  • Public opinion.
  • Voter behaviour.

In the media



Political Scientist

Dr Tom Quinn

Dr Tom Quinn

Government

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The master of the fast turnaround print article, Dr Tom Quinn is frequently asked to write for The Conversation and Prospect.

Areas of expertise relating to the general election

  • Party manifestoes.
  • UK coalition agreement of 2010.
  • Strategic positioning of British political parties.
  • Electing and removing party leaders.
  • The Labour Party and its links with Trade Unions.
  • Conservative party strategy.
  • Modernisation and party organisation.

In the media