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With members drawn from a wide range of disciplines across the University, CEMaP has a large roster of research-intensive staff. The full list of each member's publications is found on their profile page.

Gabriel Katz

Associate Professor

Jason Reifler Professor of Politics Politics
Susan Banducci

Professor of Politics and Director of Q-Step

Stewart Barr Professor in Geography Geography
Manuela Barreto Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology Psychology
Travis Coan Senior Lecturer in Politics Politics
Christina Dargenidou Senior Lecturer in Finance Finance
Eleanor Gao Lecturer in Middle Eastern Politics IAIS
Stephen Greasley Lecturer in Politics Politics
Alison Harcourt Professor Politics
Lise Esther Herman Lecturer in Politics Politics
Gabriel Katz Senior Lecturer in Politics Politics
Ekaterina Kolpinskaya Lecturer Politics
Andrew Livingstone Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology Psychology
Benjamin Lyons Postdoctoral Research Fellow Politics
Bice Maiguashca Associate Professor Politics
John Maloney Associate Professor of Economics Economics
Thomas Morton Associate Professor in Social Psychology Psychology
Amy McKay Associate Professor in Politics Politics
Imir Rashid Associate Research Fellow Politics
Jason Reifler Professor of Politics Politics
Lamprini Rori Lecturer in Politics Politics
Clare Saunders Professor of Politics (Cornwall) Politics
Darren Schreiber Senior Lecturer in Politics Politics
Daniel Stevens Professor of Politics (Cornwall) Politics
Florian Stoeckel Lecturer in Politics Politics
Lise Storm Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics IAIS
Joseph Sweetman Lecturer in Psychology Psychology
David Thackeray Senior Lecturer in History History
Richard Toye Professor of History History

Andrew Thorpe

Professor of History History
Samuel Vine Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Movement Science Sports & Health Science
Joanie Willett Senior Lecturer Politics
Antal Wozniak Research Fellow Politics
Ben Zissimos Associate Professor of Economics Economics
James Adams University of California at Davis
André Blais University of Montréal
Shaun Bowler University of California at Riverside
Kris Deschouwer Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Anika Gauja University of Sydney
Richard Johnston University of British Columbia
André Kaiser University of Cologne
Andre Krouwel Kieskompas
David Redlawsk University of Delaware
Holli Semetko Emory University
Lynn Vavreck University of California at Los Angeles

Gina Angelescu: Environmental citizenship in Europe: A longitudinal analysis (University of Southampton, external co-supervision)

Maria Blanco-Palencia: Repression-Mobilisation in Jordan: Mobilising Structure and Strategies in Al-Hirak Al-Shababi Al-Urduni

Nicholas Dickinson: MP Expenses and Party Discipline in Westminster Democracies

Francesca Farmer: Cybercrime vs hacktivism: do we need a differentiated regulatory approach?

Amina Ghezal: Understanding the experiences of climate change refugees in Tuvula

Milka Ivanovska: How Voluntary Organizations Adapt: Regulatory Constraints and Organizational Trade-offs between Advocacy and Service Provision in the UK and the Netherlands

Raluca-Florica Popp: Tapping political representation in different electoral settings using VAA generated data

Phillip Passmore: Communicating climate science on-line

Torill Stavenes: Minor Parties in Italy and Norway: Navigating between State Funding and Regulation

Robert Stewart: The Organizational Survival of the Ennahdha Party in Tunisia: From Persecution to Power

Sidan Wang: Newspaper discourse of climate change in China

Claudia Zucca: The Effects of the Recommendations of VAA Website on Vote Choice

Serik Beimenbetov (Senior Lecturer at the Kazakh-German University in Almaty)

Stefanie Beyens (Postdoctoral Researcher at the Utrecht University School of Governance)

Marc Herzog (Honorary Research Fellow at the British Institute Ankara)

Laszlo Horvath (Research Fellow, University of Exeter)

Anaid Flesken (Research Associate, GIGA, German Institute of Global and Area Studies)

Maarja Lühiste (Lecturer in Politics, Newcastle University)

Adrian Millican (Assistant Professor (Teaching) at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University)

Felix-Christopher von Nostitz (Teaching Fellow at the Catholic University of Lille)

Marco Silva Rego

Kathrin Thomas (Research Associate, City University of London)

Siim Trumm  (Lecturer in Politics, University of Nottingham)

Veronique Wavre (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of St. Gallen)

About the Centre

Established in 2008, the Centre for Elections, Media & Participation (CEMaP) at the University of Exeter is a recognised university centre that brings together scholars from various disciplines such as politics, psychology and economics based in various colleges of the university. Covering a wide range of themes in comparative research and analysis (e.g. media studies, electoral research, institutional analysis, civil society research), CEMaP is dedicated to develop interdisciplinary perspectives on social and political participation that draws on a wide range of methodological tools available in the social sciences, reflecting broader university research priorities (see for details the Humanities and Social Sciences Strategy). To do so, we sponsor special workshops and events that bring together leading scholars from both British and international universities as well as students and PhD researchers working on related themes.

One of our priorities is to encourage and facilitate post graduate training. For instance:

  • Members of CEMaP have been awarded a four year ESRC grant (2010-2014) to facilitate research and training in the area of Comparative Cross-National Electoral Research (CCNER).
  • CEMaP members hold an EU Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate (EID) grant on ‘Industry and Doctoral Training in Vote Advice Applications’ that involve staff with various disciplinary backgrounds and trains several PhD students.
  • The centre further hosts an Intra-European Fellowship (IEF) on ‘Unstable Party Supply in Established and New Democracies: Causes and Electoral Consequences’. 'How Citizens Try to Influence Politics and Why (POLPART)', an ERC- funded project for which Clare Saunders (Politics) is the UK partner, includes a funded PhD studentship.
  • Similarly, the ERC-funded project STATORG 'State Encroachment on Civil Society?', directed by CEMaP staff, includes two funded studentships and a postdoctoral research fellow.
  • Exeter was the hub of ELECDEM, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network in electoral democracy that brought together 11 expert teams from 9 European countries and provided substantive and methodological training in elections research to a cohort of early stage and experienced researchers.

We are currently undertaking a number of projects that cover a wide range of themes both from disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, that are funded by the European Research Council, British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Union, the Leverhulme Trust, the National Science Foundation, the Nuffield Foundation, and the New Zealand Electoral Commission. Our current projects involve collaboration with researchers at the University of Amsterdam, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Auckland, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Riverside, Carleton College, Dokuz Eylul University, Emory University, the European University Institute, University of Iowa, University of Cologne, University of Manchester, University of Minnesota, University of Oxford, Plymouth University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

We provide data and web based resources for projects that our staff are associated with such as the New Zealand Election Study. We have an ongoing relationship with another strong base of electoral research that is close at hand, The Elections Centre (TEC) at Plymouth University.