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Research interests

My research focuses primarily on issues concerning party democracy, including political parties, politicians, elections, and voting behaviour. 

My research expertise is the case study of Northern Ireland, on which I have published research on elections, party organisation, political gender equality, power-sharing and the dimensionality of policy space. That research has informed the work of the Northern Ireland Assembly and several interest groups, including the Electoral Reform Society. I have also been involved in the collaborative design and analysis of Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) for several elections in Northern Ireland. 

I was a co-investigator on the ESRC-funded project: Out of touch and out of time? A cross-temporal and cross-level analysis of the social and ideological distance between UK voters and political elites (2018-23). 

I am currently undertaking collaborative research on:

  • political commemoration in Northern Ireland
  • contemporary unionism
  • mythology in British politics
  • security and constituency service in the UK.




External positions

Research Fellow, Queen's University Belfast

Jan 2015Aug 2016


  • Northern Ireland
  • UK politics
  • Government
  • Representation
  • Power-sharing democracy


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