Politics PGR Conference

I’ll write more about this in a couple of weeks, once it’s all gone smoothly (hopefully), but next Friday is the annual Politics PGR Conference. The conference brings together some of the PhD students in our department, to present either a chapter from their thesis or a general research paper.

As well as presenting, I have the pleasure of organising this year’s conference, along with Russell Foster. For more information about the conference, click here. It should be a great day, and it’s open to everybody to attend, so please come along.

Think you can predict the next general election? What about Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine?

A little while ago I wrote a blog about opinion polls and what to do with them. It highlighted how interpretation of opinion polling is often more focused on grabbing a headline than trying to actually make use of the data it has provided. It seems to be one of those blogs that I can keep on sharing, because the headlines just keep on coming.

Of course, one popular polling question is to ask the respondent who they will vote for at the next general election. From all the collected responses, people can have a stab at who might form the next government. Opinion polls are important and this regard, and the likes of Electoral Calculus, UK Polling Report and Polling Observatory all do a great job in making predicting the next government a little bit more informed, and quite frankly, a little bit more fun… Continue reading Think you can predict the next general election? What about Aberdeenshire West & Kincardine?

My first published article

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece entitled ‘Publishing academic work‘, which noted the advice and comments by staff members in Politics at Newcastle that edited academic journals. I mentioned in that piece that I had submitted a piece of work for peer review. The said piece was accepted for publication in the Politics journal, and is now available online. The link to the article and links to blogs/websites that have highlighted it are below.

ArticleNew StatesmanPolitical Studies Association blog; Democratic AuditLondon School of Economics Politics & Policy blogLiberal Democrat VoiceMark Pack

Lib Dem article