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Politics and Policy

Politics and Policy

Politics and Policy Theme Lead: Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis 

The Politics & Policy theme at the IDSAI brings together researchers in the social sciences and computer sciences interested in governance, comparative politics, social mobility, (in)equality, social networks, (political) communication, digital services design, public economies, and technologies in the defence and security sector.  The theme spans across different disciplines, including (but not limited to) political science, sociology, psychology, education, law, economics, Arab & Islamic studies, criminology and computer science.

Researchers in this theme employ a range of methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative approaches, to better understand and utilise the impact of AI and data science on society.  The theme links with research programmes at the Alan Turing Institute in Public Policy and Defence & Security.  

We welcome enquiries from doctoral, postdoctoral and faculty researchers in all disciplines interested in this theme.  Please email Miriam at 

Related Centres of Excellence in Exeter

Exeter has been chosen as one of only fifteen universities to host a Q-step Centre, developing specialist undergraduate programmes including work placements as well as pathways to postgraduate study.

Building on the University's core disciplines of Sociology, Criminology, Politics, and International Relations, Exeter Q-Step brings together a range of activities related to training as well as curriculum development in quantitative methods. The Centre has recruited academics for the delivery of undergraduate courses focused on endowing students with quantitative literacy and applied data analysis skills, so it offers challenging, exciting and career-enhancing programmes.

The Q-Step programme is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). More information can be found on the Nuffield Foundation Q-Step website.

The Mission of the University of Exeter's Centre for Social Mobility is to help students realise their potential through higher education.  

The Centre is open to academic faculty, professional service staff and students who share an interest in enhancing research and practice in widening participation policy and practice.

The Centre aims to bring researchers and practitioners together to promote evidence-based practice, nurture new ideas and support a whole institution approach to social mobility.