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Research at CEMaP

Members of CEMaP maintain an active research agenda and have been successful in securing external funds in excess of £4 million to support both research and post graduate training in this area.

Details of current publications can be found on our staff profile pages.

Research projects and awards

Professor Darren Halpin (Australian National University), a leading interest group scholar, was awarded a Mobility Fund by the College of Social Science and International Studies and will spend two weeks at Exeter in June 2020 to work with centre staff on the comparative study of different forms of political organization.

Piotr Sula, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Wrocław, is spending a visiting fellowship at Exeter September 2019 - February 2020 to work on 'Small Political Parties in European Governments. A Comparative View of the EU Member States'.

‘The Impact of Political Parties on Public Claim Making‘. 2020-22, Marie Sklodovska-Curie Fellowship. Fellow: Nena Oana (Central European University). Scientist in Charge: Nicole Bolleyer (Politics, Exeter).

'Battling Electoral Misinformation on Social Media in Low Digital Literacy Environments: Lessons and Solutions from Northern Ghana’. 2019, GCRF Facilitator Grant. Principal Investigator: Elena Gadjanova (Politics, Exeter). Co-Investigators: Jason Reifler (Politics, Exeter), Gabrielle Lynch (Politics, University of Warwick).

'Fighting together, moving apart? European common defence and shared security in an age of Brexit and Trump'. 2019-2021, funded by the VW Foundation as part of its Challenges for Europe funding scheme. Investigators: Filip Ejdus (University of Belgrade), Martial Foucault (Science Po), Catherine Hoeffler (Catholic University of Lille), Stephanie Hofmann (The Graduate Institute, Geneva), Pierangelo Isernia (Università di Siena), Jean Joanna (Université Montpellier), Theresa Kuhn (University of Amsterdam), Matthias Mader (Universität Mannheim), Bogdan Radu (Babes-Bolyai University), Jason Reifler (University of Exeter), Harald Schoen (Universität Mannheim), Thomas Scotto (University of Strathcylde), Seiki Tanaka (University of Amsterdam) and Catarina Thomson (University of Exeter).

'Identity, Belonging and the Role of the Media in Brexit Britain'. 2018, ESRC Grant. Principal Investigator: Katharine Tyler (Sociology, University of Exeter). Co-Investigators: Susan Banducci (Politics, Exeter), Travis Coan (Politics, Exeter) and Dan Stevens (Politics, Penryn).

Iulia Cioroianu (Politics) has been awarded an ESRC IAA UKRI Innovation Fellowship for the Understanding News Bias (UNBias) project.

'Designing a Sensibility for Sustainable Clothing'. 2017-19, AHRC Grant. Principal Investigator: Clare Saunders (Politics, Penryn). Co-investigators: Joanie Willett (Politics, Penryn) and Fiona Hackney (Fashion and Design, University of Wolverhampton).

Nicole Bolleyer (Politics) has won a visiting fellowship at the Constitutional Law & Political Science Department, University of Valencia, to work on 'The Multilevel Foundations of New Party Performance' in 2018. 

'Media Context and the 2017 General Election: How traditional and social media shape elections.' 2017-2018, ESRC. Principal Investigator: Dan Stevens (Exeter). Co-Investigators: Susan Banducci (Exeter) and Travis Coan (Exeter).

‘The Problem of European Misperceptions in Politics, Health, and Science: Causes, Consequences, and the Search for Solutions (Debunker).’ 2016-2021, ERC Consolidator Grant. Principal Investigator: Jason Reifler (Politics).

Òscar Barberà, Assistant Professor at the University of Valencia, spent a visiting fellowship at CEMaP July - October 2016 to work on 'Intra-Party Democracy and Party-Interest Group Relations'.

'Using Machine Learning Methods to Correct for Survey Misreports in Cross-National Surveys'.2016-2017, funded by the British Academy. Principal Investigator: Gabriel Katz (Politics).

'Agendas and Interest Groups'. 2016-2019, funded by the ESRC, DFG, and NWO.  Principal Investigators: Amy McKay (Exeter), Beth Leech (Rutgers, US), Patrick Bernhagen (University of Stuttgart, Germany), Joost Berkhout (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), and Adam Chalmers (Kings College).

'Left-Wing Populism in an Age of Anti-Politics'. 2016-2017, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Principal Investigators: Bice Maiguashca (Exeter) and Jonathan Dean (University of Leeds).

'Measuring Information Exposure in Dynamic and Dependent Networks (ExpoNet)'. 2016-2019, funded by the ESRC under the NCRM Methodological Research Projects call. Principal Investigator: Susan Banducci (Politics, Exeter). Co-Investigators: Travis Coan, Lorien Jasny, Gabriel Katz (Politics, Exeter), Hywel Williams (Biosciences, Exeter), and David Lazer (Northeastern University).

Johannes Martin Jaeger, PhD Researcher at the Law Faculty of the University Würzburg, spent a visiting fellowship at CEMaP in February 2016 to work on his project 'Intra-Party Democracy in Germany and the UK'.

Nicole Bolleyer has won a prestigious Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship for a research stay at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2017.

'Public Service Corporations: Estimating the Link between Public Scrutiny and Share Prices'. 2015-2016, funded by the British Academy. Principal Investigators: Stephen Greasley and Gabriel Katz (both Politics).

'International Professional Fora: A Study of Civil Society Organisation Participation in Internet Governance'. 2015-18, funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC). Principal Investigator Alison Harcourt, Co-investigators George Chrisout (University of Warwick), Seamus Simpson (University of Salford).

‘Research to Improve Fact-checking'. 2014-2015, funded by the Democracy Fund/American Press Institute. Investigators: Jason Reifler (Exeter), Brendan Nyhan (Dartmouth College) and Lucas Graves (University Wisconsin-Madison).

'Media in Context and The 2015 General Election: How Traditional and Social Media Shape Elections and Governing'. 2015, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Principal Investigator: Dan Stevens, Co-I Susan Banducci, Travis Coan and Gabriel Katz (all Politics).

Dr. Anika Gauja, University of Sydney, held a Visiting International Academic Fellowship co-funded by the International Office and SSIS to visit CEMaP in February 2016 to enhance collaboration on 'Anti-Extremist Legislation in Westminster Democracies'.

‘Public Opinion and the Syrian Crisis in Three Democracies. 2013-2014, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council: Investigators: Jason Reifler (Exeter), Thomas J. Scotto (University of Essex), Harold Clarke (University of Texas), and Paul Whiteley (University of Essex).

'How Citizens Try to Influence Politics and Why: International Comparisons of Movement and Party Politics (POLPART)'. Clare Saunders (Politics) is the UK partner in Bert Klandermans' (VU Amsterdam) Advanced European Research Council Grant POLPART.

'Democratic Self-Defence Before and After 9/11: Anti-Extremist Measures in Established Common Law Democracies'. May 2014-December 2015. BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant. Investigators Nicole Bolleyer (Exeter) and Anika Gauja (University of Sydney).

'The  Management of Intra-Organizational Dissent: Choice of Mechanisms and Intra-Organizational Repercussions'. March 2014-February 2015. Interdisciplinary Project funded by HASS Project Development Fund. Investigators Nicole Bolleyer (Politics) and Thomas Morton (Psychology).

Martijn Schoonvelde has won a prestigious Max Weber Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. 2014-2015.

Albert's Researcher Reunion Grant. June-July 2014. Founded by the University of Cologne. Awarded to Nicole Bolleyer to develop a research project on multilevel party competition with Andre Kaiser at the Cologne Centre for Comparative Politics.

'Exeter University Q-Step Centre'. 2013-2018. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). Director Susan Banducci.

'Regulating Civil Society: A Comparative Study of Parties, Interest Groups and Welfare-Providing Organisations in Contemporary Democracies’. 2013-2018. ERC-Starting Grant. Principal Investigator Nicole Bolleyer.

Industry and Doctoral Training in Vote Advice Applications’. 2014-18. EU Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate (EID) funded by the European Commission. Principal Investigator Susan Banducci, Co-PIs Daniel Stevens, Gabriel Katz (both Politics) and Sam Vine (Sport and Health Science). Industry Partner Kieskompas (Amsterdam).

'Backing Britain?: Imagining a nation's global economic future since 1900'. AHRC-funded Fellowship. 2014-15. Principal Investigator David Thackeray.

Unstable Party Supply in Established and New Democracies: Causes and Electoral Consequences’. 2014-2015. Intra-European Fellowship (IEF) funded by the European Commission. Principal Investigator Nicole Bolleyer, Research Fellow Raimondas Ibenskas.

'Advancing Understanding in News Information, Political Knowledge and Media Systems Research'.  2013-14.  Funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).  Principal Investigator Susan Banducci, Co-investigators Daniel Stevens, Jason Barabas (Florida State University) and Jennifer Jerit (Florida State University).

'Public Perceptions of Threat in Britain: Security in an Age of Austerity'. 2012-13. Funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).  Principal Investigator Daniel Stevens, Co-investigator Nick Vaughan-Williams (Warwick).

'UK Referendum Survey Experiments'. 2011-12. Funded by the British Academy. Principal Investigator Jack Vowles, Co-investigators, Jeffrey Karp, Sara Hobolt (Oxford), Shaun Bowler (UC Riverside), and Todd Donovan (Western Washington).

'Comparative Cross National Research (CCNER)'. 2010-14. Funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).  Principal Investigator Jeffrey Karp, Co-investigators, Daniel Stevens, Nicole Bolleyer, Susan Banducci and Jack Vowles.

'ELECDEM - Training Network in Electoral Democracy'. 2009-2013. Funded by the European Commission.  Principal Investigator Susan Banducci.