Prof Edward Fieldhouse


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Ed Fieldhouse is Professor of Social and Political Science. He completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield and joined the University of Manchester in 1993. Following a brief period in local government he directed the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research from 2002 until 2005. In 2006 he was appointed as founding director of the Institute for Social Change and executive director of Social Change: a Harvard-Manchester Initiative. His main research interests are voting behaviour, electoral geography, and social and contextual influences on electoral behaviour. He is principal investigator of the Scientific Leadership Team of the 2015 British Election Study, 'Voters in Context'. He is co-author of over sixty scholarly articles and books on a diverse range of topics including voting behaviour and turnout, social capital, social inequality, unemployment and deprivation. He has extensive experience of working with non-academic stakeholders in the role of consultant, advisor and contractor. Partners and clients include the Electoral Commission; the Office for National Statistics; the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the former Commission for Racial Equality; the Department for Work and Pensions; and various local authorities.



Research interests

  • Social theories of turnout
  • Geographical and contextual effects in voting.
  • Political and civic engagement and participation.
  • Mobilisation and campaign effects

Current and recentresearch projects:

  • Voters in Context: the British Election Study 2015
  • The Scottish independence referendum and the British voter: an enhancement to the British Election Study Internet Panel
  • The Social Complexity of Immigration and Diversity
  • How different are direct mail and telephoning? A 'Get Out the Vote' randomised experiment in the 2009 European and Local Elections
  • Constituency Campaigning at the 2010 General Election
  • The Political Representation of Ethnic Minorities in the UK in Comparative Perspective
  • Electoral Registration and Turnout in South Asian Communities in Great Britain

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