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. Since 2014 he has been principal investigator of the British Election Study. His main research interests are voting behaviour, electoral geography, and social and contextual influences on electoral behaviour. 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 also has extensive experience of working with non-academic stakeholders.



Research interests

  • Voting behavior
  • Social theories of turnout
  • Geographical and contextual effects in voting.
  • Mobilisation and campaign effects

Current and recentresearch projects:

  • Voters and the British Political System in the Context of Brexit: the British Election Study 2019-2023
  • Voters in Context: the British Election Study 2015
  • Constituency Campaigning at the 2010, 2015 and 2017 General Elections
  • 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
  • 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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