My research agenda focuses on the empirical study of political behaviour in a cross-national context. At present, I am concentrating on three main projects. The first – the Representative Audit of Britain - involves surveys of candidates who stood in the 2015 and 2017 UK General Elections. This is a joint project with Professor Rosie Campbell (Birkbeck, University of London) and Dr. Jennifer van Heerde-Hudson (UCL), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – parliamentarycandidates.org. The project is part of an international network, the Comparative Candidates Survey (CCS) - www.comparativecandidates.org.
My second main research project addresses the politics of austerity, focusing in particular on recent developments in Greece. Following earlier work on anti-austerity protest and its electoral consequences, I am currently analysing the 2015 referendum and the January and September parliamentary elections (together with Dr Georgios Karyotis and Dr Niccole Pamphilis, University of Glasgow) - www.austeritypolitics.net.
A further major project looks at Green Party members in an international context, the European Green Party Membership Survey (EGPM). Following a first cross-national membership survey conducted in the early 2000s, the new project seeks to survey party members throughout the EU and beyond (see www.egpm.eu for more information).