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Third of people want coronavirus lockdown rule-breakers to be jailed, survey shows

A third of people are in favour of prison sentences for those who break coronavirus lockdown rules, according to a major new survey.

New code of conduct calls for universities to do more to protect academic freedom in their international partnerships

UK higher education institutions should be more transparent about their international partnerships and more accountable to their staff and students in order to protect academic freedom, experts have said.

Less than a fifth of farmers plan to fully retire, new university study finds

Less than a fifth of farmers plan on fully retiring and many do not discuss their later life plans with loved ones, according to a new study from the University of Exeter in collaboration with NFU Mutual.

Fifth of people experiencing mental health issues due to coronavirus, major new survey shows

A fifth of people have reported experiencing mental health issues and a third of people are feeling isolated because of the coronavirus pandemic, a major new survey shows.

Research to explore farmers’ experiences of isolation, loneliness and mental health issues

New research led by the University of Exeter and The Farming Community Network (FCN) aims to explore how social isolation, loneliness and mental health issues within the farming community are experienced and managed – and how to improve support available.

Third of people feel “angry” at prospect of the UK leaving the EU without a deal

A third of people feel “very angry” at the prospect of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, according to a major new survey which suggests people are resigned to the failure of Brexit talks.

A change at the top before elections boosts MP turnover across Europe, research shows

Appointing a new leader just before an election leads to a higher turnover of MPs after the poll, a study of political parties across Europe during the past 80 years shows.

A critical exchange on “The Politics of Precariety” now out in Contemporary Political Theory.

The exchange was introduced and coordinated by Andrew Schapp.

People prefer coronavirus contact tracing to be carried out by a combination of apps and humans, study shows

People prefer coronavirus contact tracing to be carried out by a combination of apps and humans, a new study shows.

Noam Chomsky in conversation on free speech with Exeter Professor

Linguist and philosopher, Noam Chomsky, will speak to Professor Robert Lamb from the University of Exeter, in a free online event.

Personal connections key to helping communities cope with devastating impact of climate change

Connections with friends and family are key to helping communities adapt to the devastating impact of climate change on their homes and livelihoods, a new study shows.

The brains of nonpartisans are different from those who register to vote with a party, major new study shows

The brains of people with no political allegiance are different from those who strongly support one party, major new research shows.

Professor Michael Dumper Publishes New Book

The book, titled "Power, Piety and People: the Politics of Holy Cities in the 21st Century" is out with Columbia University Press.

State of the art computational analysis used to track online extremist far-right European groups

State of the art computational analysis is being used to track the growth and influence of online extremist far-right groups in Europe as part of a major new study.

Extinction Rebellion’s activists more likely to be new to protesting, study shows

Extinction Rebellion supporters are more likely to be new to protesting than other environmental activists, a new study shows.

Public in France and Germany support a European military, security and defence policy, survey shows

People in France and Germany support building greater European military capacity and security and defence policy, a survey shows.

Book by Politics academic receives special mention of excellence

Gregorio Bettiza, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, received a Special Mention of Excellence for his book Finding Faith in Foreign Policy from the prestigious European Academy of Religion

Giving people “digital literacy” tips can help them spot dubious information online, study shows

Giving people “digital literacy” tips can help them identify dubious information online, a new study shows.

Former Foreign Secretary heads panel discussion

David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, is headlining an online panel discussion that is examining the impacts of COVID-19 on developing countries.

Appetite for fast fashion goes out of style when people learn about impact of mass-produced clothing, study shows

Learning in groups how to make, mend and modify clothing reduces the appetite for fast fashion, a new study shows.

Public relying on BBC news as source of information about coronavirus, analysis shows

News from the BBC about coronavirus has been shared significantly more on social media than articles from journalists in other organisations, new research suggests.

New study will show impact of coronavirus on Britain’s crucial food supply chains

The impact of coronavirus on Britain’s crucial food supply chains will be tracked as part of a new study which will show how the current crisis has affected the journey from farm to plate.

Voters across Europe perceive the EU as less democratic than it is, survey suggests

Large portions of voters across Europe misunderstand the workings of the European Union and think it is less democratic than it actually is, research suggests.

Public would obey major changes to antibiotic advice, research shows

The public would comply with major changes to medical advice – but would then be less likely to follow other new guidelines in the future, research shows.

CAIS launches blog on the global politics of COVID-19

Drs John Heathershaw and Brieg Powel lead the initiative - a new blog where CAIS experts unpack the political dimension of the ongoing pandemic.

Experts to develop new ways of monitoring and tackling extreme right-wing online forums

University of Exeter experts will develop new ways to better monitor activity on extreme right-wing online forums linked with terrorism as part of a major new research project.

Exeter team receives a CREST award for research on far-right forums

Drs Stephane Baele, Lewys Brace and Travis Coan, based at Q-STEP and CAIS, conduct research on the far-right "Chan" forums.

University of Exeter new partner in £2.8million ESRC investment in social science methods training

University of Exeter experts will help to train academics from throughout the UK in cutting-edge research methods as part of a major new national initiative.

Exeter research highlighted by OUP

Two books written by Exeter political scientists feature in Oxford University Press' selection of key publications to read ahead of 2020 US elections.

Facebook “prominent gateway” to untrustworthy websites during 2016 US presidential election, study shows

Facebook was the most prominent gateway to untrustworthy websites during the 2016 US Presidential election, a new study shows.

Dr Sandra Kröger uses simulation to help undergraduate students understand the EU’s handling of the refugee crisis

I enjoyed that it felt like real life’, ‘it felt official and realistic’, ‘I really enjoyed the more practical way of learning’ were some of the comments by students

The Political Studies Association announces its new Chair and Vice Chair

Professor Claire Dunlop has been appointed as Vice Chair of Political Studies Association of the UK (PSA)

New CREST award given to Politics researchers

Drs Baele, Coan and Brace receive a CREST award to conduct research on the far-right online underworld.

Brexit positions drive voter attention at least as much as party loyalties, study shows

Voters find information from politicians more “interesting” if they have the same views on Brexit – even if they don’t represent the party they normally support, a study shows.

New research unpacking extremist groups' "visual style"

A team of Exeter experts offer a new framework for the analysis of extremist groups' use of visual imagery in propaganda.

The hidden costs of social media use in elections: A Ghana case study

Dr Elena Gadjanova, Assistant Professor of Politics at the University of Exeter, writes for The Conversation

Social Media, Cyber Battalions, and Political Mobilisation in Ghana

A new research report by Elena Gadjanova (Exeter), Jason Reifler (Exeter), Gabrielle Lynch (Warwick) and Ghadafi Saibu (Bayreuth) provides an overview of the mixed impact of social media on politics in Ghana.

Higher earning “elite” political lobbyists overstate their own achievements, study shows

“Elite”, high-earning political lobbyists are more likely to overstate their achievements, a new study shows.

Conservative Party divisions contributed to the failure of Brexit negotiations, new study shows

Divisions in the Conservative Party allowed the European Union to set the agenda during Brexit negotiations, a new study shows.

Both Remainers and Leavers willing to let MPs disrupt the constitution to get the Brexit they want, survey shows

With Brexit once again in limbo, new research shows that Remainers and Leavers are both willing to disrupt Britain’s unwritten constitution to get the Brexit outcome they want.

Stephane Baele and Travis Coan co-edit new book exploring ISIS Propaganda

'ISIS Propaganda: A Full Spectrum Extremist Message' explores all facets of ISIS propaganda, enhancing our understanding of the group's history, messaging, and recruitment

Religion now plays an “explicit and institutionalised” role in US foreign policy-making, new research shows

Faith is increasingly used to advance the interests and values of the United States around the world, according to a new book by Dr Gregorio Bettiza from the University of Exeter.

Professor Claire Dunlop conferred as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

A University of Exeter expert has been made a fellow of the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences for her research on regulatory design and policy evaluation.

Catrionna McKinnon delivers a keynote lecture at the University of Bergen and writes on the ethical challenges of climate change

On 5 October, Catriona McKinnon delivered a keynote lecture at a conference on Climate Change and Asian Philosophy the University of Bergen. The title of the lecture was 'Geoengineering: Fantasies of Control'

Voters expect much more from political parties who win decisive election victories

Voters expect much more from politicians when the media describes them as having won a decisive electoral victory, research shows.

Proposals invited for ECPR joint session in Toulouse

Eva Thomann and colleagues warmly invite paper proposals for the workshop “Differentiated policy implementation in the European Union” at the ECPR joint sessions in Toulouse, 14-17 April 2020. 

Learn how to avoid fast fashion at Cornish events this month

Experts working to help find ways to stop Britain’s fast fashion addiction will share their findings at a new exhibition touring Cornwall this month.

Catherine Owen participates in the First Tsinghua Area Studies Forum

The conference, entitled Innovating New Approaches to Common Challenges in Asia, Africa and Latin America, took place from 10th-12th July 2019.

Eva Thomann joins the editorial team of Regulation & Governance.

Regulation & Governance serves as the leading, interdisciplinary platform for the study of regulation and governance

Politics academics participating in an EXPONet event at the Turing Institute in London

Dr Travis Coan, Dr Lorien Jasny and Professor Susan Banducci of the University of Exeter's Politics Department, along with Dr Hywell Williams (Computer Science) will be participating in an EXPONet event at the Turing Institute in London on July 22nd, entitled 'Measuring information exposure in dynamic and dependent networks'. 

Eva Thomann to Co-Chair Workshops at EGPA and ECPR, Sept 2019

Dr Thomann will be travelling to Wroclaw and Belfast. 

Eva Thomann awarded the IUPPA Best Book Award 2019

Dr Eva Thomann has been awarded the prestigious International Public Policy Association (IPPA) Award for Best Book in 2019 in Montreal.

New Directions in Agri-Environmental Governance - a workshop in Neuchâtel

On 28 and 29 May 2019, Professor Michael Winter OBE was one of the invited speakers at a workshop at the Institut d’Ethnologie in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

The Search for Deliberative Democracy in Asia – Exeter Contribute to High Profile Conference

The University of Exeter was represented by Dr Catherine Owen, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, whose research compares the production of active citizenship in Russia and China

Guild Teaching Awards 2019

The College performed extremely well in the Guild Teaching Awards 2019.

What we know about how political parties use Facebook advertising – and what we don’t

Dr Sam Power, lecturer in politics at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK

Third Year Politics student presents her dissertation at the Politics Studies Association Undergraduate Conference

Jazzlyne, final year BA International Relations student, reflects on her experience presenting her undergraduate dissertation.

New electoral regulations must tackle “inequalities” caused by political advertising on Facebook

Regulators must find a way of monitoring and addressing the way political advertising on Facebook creates new types of inequalities for campaigners, experts have said.

Local elections: ‘disaster for local democracy’ as hundreds of seats go uncontested

Joanie Willet, lecturer in poltics at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK 

Michael Winter warns of the need to take care with the future of farming when designing new policies for post-Brexit rural land use

Government policies across the UK increasingly connect objectives for farming with the environment and broader natural capital approaches (e.g. 25 Year Environment Plan, Agriculture Bill). However, any discussion around natural capital and farming requires a farming system that improves or maintains natural capital against a backdrop of pressures such as environmental change, economic uncertainty and BREXIT.

Social Sciences Alumni Return for Q&A and Networking with Exeter Scholars Students

A panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 12 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a round table networking session.

‘Greek Social Movements between Past and Present’ Conference, Co-convened by Rori Lamprini

On behalf of the University of Exeter, Dr Rori Lamprini is co-convening this international conference, 5-6 April 2019, Athens

Brexit is not a retreat into isolationism – survey suggests public remains committed to global security role

Jason Reifler, Professor of Political Science at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK

Penryn academics contribute to Environmental Audit Committee Report ‘Fixing Fashion: Clothing Consumption & Sustainability’

Led by Professor Clare Saunders with Dr Joanie Willett the research considers what is needed to facilitate behavioural change.  

Alison Harcourt takes part in debate over new media policy challenges for the EU

EU Talks: “New media policy challenges posed by the new content and distribution platforms: the EU at the crossroads”

Controversial science critics who turn into believers can sway others, research shows

People who experience their own “Road to Damascus” moment over hotly-debated scientific issues can then become key advocates on the subject, new research has shown.

Qualitative Methods Summer Training

We are offering offer two tailored 5-day (1 week) qualitative methods modules at our beautiful Cornwall campus.

EU funding failed to win hearts and minds and prevent Brexit vote

People in one of the poorest parts of the UK voted for Brexit despite being given billions of pounds of EU cash because they don’t feel the funding improved their lives, according to a new report.

Like Greece, Brexit negotiations leave the UK a rule taker from the EU

Dr Athanassios GouglasLecturer in Politics and Public Policy at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK

Reaction to the Publication of the Modernising Defence Programme – Dr David Blagden, Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter

The Ministry of Defence has finally published an outcomes report from its long-awaited Modernising Defence Programme (MDP). 

Activating Party Membership – new report by Sam Power

New research provides practical guidance on how political organisations can recruit, activate and retain members

Dr Eva Thomann delivering Winter School Research Methods training at ECPR

Eva Thomann will be teaching two courses at the renowned winter school of methods and techniques of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR).

Lamprini Rori to lead research into Political Violence in Greece

Dr Rori has been awarded funding from the LSE Hellenic Observatory to lead a research project "Low-intensity violence in crisis-ridden Greece: evidence from the radical right and the radical left".

Young adults discuss consent and rape culture at Festival of Social Science event

As part of the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Festival of Social Science (FOSS), Lecturer in Politics, Dr Sarah Cooper, in collaboration with Professor Claire Dunlop and Dr Owen Thomas, hosted a public engagement event to explore the construction of consent in the courtroom. 

Dr Nils-Christian Bormann joins Editorial Board of International Interactions.

The journal is a leading interdisciplinary journal that publishes original empirical, analytic, and theoretical studies of conflict and political economy.

Voters would have forgiven Cameron for failing to hold an EU referendum, study shows

Many voters would have forgiven David Cameron if he had failed to deliver on his campaign promise to hold an EU referendum, a study suggests.

Politics research into the politicisation of ethnic identity on the eve of elections in Africa

Dr Elena Gadjanova recently delivered an invited paper at the Centre for African Studies, University of Edinburgh.

Exeter Politics Academic speaks to pupils about the EU’s relations with the Middle East and North Africa

Dr Irene Fernandez-Molina speaks to school pupils in Salisbury about the EU’s relations with the Middle East and North Africa.

University of Exeter expert contributes to Government’s bovine TB strategy review

A University of Exeter expert has contributed to the review of the Government’s 25 Year Bovine TB Strategy.

Political participation of the Greek diaspora: Exeter academic co-organises conference in Athens

Dr Lamprini Rori co-organised conference on the political participation of the Greek diaspora in national political affairs

Joe Foweraker delivers talks on Polity, Populism and Dysfunctional Public Policy

Professor Joe Foweraker, Honorary Professor at Exeter University, and Emeritus Fellow of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, recently gave a series of talks to faculty and postgraduate students in Austin, Texas.

Exeter Public Policy and Administration academics present at a House of Lords Workshop

On 7 November Dr Sarah Cooper presented a paper at a House of Lords Workshop.

Arron Banks investigated over £8m given to the Brexit campaign – what can this even buy you?

Dr Sam Power, Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK

Echo Chambers Persist in Climate Politics, Exeter Research Shows

Information sharing among climate elite changes over time but still highly polarised

Alison Harcourt becomes Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Professor Alison Harcourt has been awarded the prestigious honour of becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Dr Owen Thomas awarded grant to conduct research on London Bridge terrorist attack and the Grenfell Tower Fire Killings

Along with co-investigator Victoria Basham (Cardiff), Owen Thomas has been awarded a British Academy Small Grant, entitled A Tale of Two Cities? Elite and Everyday Narratives of Security and Responsibility in the Grenfell and London Bridge killings.

Innuendo alone can fuel conspiracy theories, research shows

Innuendo alone in news coverage can fuel belief in conspiracy theories, according to a new study.

College of Social Sciences and International Studies Alumni Engage with Exeter Scholars Students

On Wednesday 12 September, a panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 13 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a networking session.

Experiencing extreme weather is not enough to convince climate change sceptics

Experiencing extreme weather is not enough to convince climate change sceptics that humans are damaging the environment, a new study shows.

Exeter PA Scholars participate at the European Group for Public Administration Annual Conference in Lausanne, Sept 2018

Exeter Public Administration Scholars participated in European Group for Public Administration’s (EGPA) 40th Annual Conference, which took place this year in Lausanne, 3-7 September, attended by over 500 participants from around the world.

Research partners join forces to develop a new sustainable way of managing tourism across four Biosphere Reserves in France and England

A cutting-edge project to increase the economic value of tourism while reducing its potential environmental impact is underway in the four Unesco Biosphere Reserves of the Channel region. Professors Matt Lobley and Michael Winter and Dr Tim Wilkinson will be representing the CRPR as a lead partner in this project.

ESCAS2019 Exeter: The Globality of Central Asia

European Society for Central Asian Society Conference 2019 to be hosted by Exeter.

Preventing Transnational Repression, Protecting Human Rights Ideas for the Future?

A workshop organised by the Exeter Central Asian Studies Network was held at Exeter University on 21 June 2018.

Exeter Central Asian Studies network joined by Muhiddin Kabiri at Chatham House

On the 20 June 2018 the Exeter Central Asian Studies network were delighted to be joined by Muhiddin Kabiri at the “Political Exiles and Transnational Repression in Central Asia and Beyond” workshop. 

Roundtable on Eurasian Integration brings together scholars and policy-makers in St Petersburg

On 31 May and 1 June, Dr David Lewis and Dr Catherine Owen organised and presented at an international roundtable entitled ‘Eurasian Integration and Public Administration’ as part of the annual Forum on Public Administration organised by the St Petersburg branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). 

British farmers could play a key role in helping to promote better public health

British farmers could find business opportunities and help promote better public health

Defence Spending and Power Projection: Signals to Key Allies in the Context of Brexit

Dr Catarina Thomson discusses her research on public attitudes to defence spending on the BBC

ESRC Workshop on Civil Society Participation in Internet Governance – 23rd May 2018, Brussels

Final workshop of the Project led by Professor Alison Harcourt, 'International Profession Fora: A study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance.

Faculty and Researchers to deliver bite-size food talks at the River Cottage Food Fair

Faculty and PhD researchers from the Centre for Rural Policy Research will take part in the Food for Thought Stage on Sunday 27 May as part of the River Cottage Food Fair

MPA with Applied Study students visit the UK Met Office

Students found out about the important work the Met Office’s International Development Team is doing around the world to provide information to improve planning to protect against natural disasters and extreme weather. 

CAIS (Centre for Advanced International Studies) organises a one-day event entitled “World Order(s) in Crisis?” bringing together some of the most prominent scholars in the discipline.


Master’s students from the Centre for Rural Policy Research visit Rothamsted Research world leading experimental research farm

As part of the Knowledge Exchange module, Master’s students went on a field trip to Rothamsted Research’s North Wyke Farm Platform near Okehampton.  

Alison Harcourt gives opening speech at Global Internet Governance Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies conference

Alison’s talk considered new and crucial questions concerning internet governance in a context in which connectivity infrastructure is constantly expanding, and internet access is incessantly growing across countries, regions and socio-political contexts

Exeter to host Ninth Annual ECPR Summer School on Interest Group Politics

Book by 2 July 2018.

Claudio Radaelli becomes Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Congratulations Claudio!

Dr Christopher Phillips, author of the acclaimed book ‘The Battle for Syria – International Rivalry in the Middle East’ visits Exeter

The Centre for Advanced International Studies (CAIS) recently hosted a talk by Dr Christopher Phillips

Exeter Students meet Foreign and Commonwealth Delegation

The University of Exeter welcomes a delegation from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office onto our Streatham Campus. 

Britain’s security experts want increased defence spending, new survey shows

Britain’s future military commanders and staff officers want the Government to increase defence spending, new research shows.

Exeter Students meet Foreign and Commonwealth Delegation

The University of Exeter welcomes a delegation from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office onto our Streatham Campus. 

Five Exeter academics awarded British Academy funding

Five University of Exeter academics have been awarded prestigious funding from the British Academy, the national body for the humanities and social sciences.

University of Exeter expert appointed to bovine tuberculosis strategy review

University of Exeter rural policy expert, Professor Michael Winter, has been appointed by the Defra Secretary of State, Michael Gove, to the Government’s bovine tuberculosis Strategy Review.

Innuendo and pointing suspicion in news coverage can fuel conspiracy theories, research shows

Innuendo and hinting at fake information in news coverage is enough to fuel belief in conspiracy theories, new research shows.

Strategy and Security Institute Celebrates New Partnership in Brazil

The Strategy and Security Institute (SSI) have entered into a new relationship with the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), one of Brazil’s foremost academic institutions

University of Exeter to play key role in £20 million Institute of Coding

University part of new consortium announced by Prime Minister to train next generation of digital specialists

The Italian national elections 2018: What is at stake?

Event Hosted by the Centre for European Governance

Dr Catherine Owen awarded certificate of Outstanding Academic Merit by the British Academy

Postdoctoral prize wininng research on welfare reform and civic participation in local governance in Russia and China

Trump’s cut to funding for Palestinian refugees could lead to disaster

Professor Dumper writes in Guardian Opinion

Dr Sam Power gives evidence to All-Party Parliamentary Group on Electoral Campaigning Transparency

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Electoral Campaigning Transparency, originally formed by Fair Vote UK, Stephen Kinnock MP and the Electoral Reform Society took evidence on issues with regards to the transparency, deterrence and monitoring of electoral campaigns. 

Research story: Battling Misinformation on Social Media in Ghana

Social media has rapidly become the primary means of political communication across much of Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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Will is a Public Policy Consultant with Cordis Bright. Will completed a BA Politics (2015)  and followed this with an MA in Conflict Security and Development (2016).