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Patrick English

Associate Lecturer

Patrick is an Associate Lecturer in Data Analysis at the Exeter Q-Step Centre. He teaches programming and coding for social science research at undergraduate level. Patrick's research interests surround the politics of ethnic minority and immigrant origin groups: specifically their descriptive representation, policymaking concerning their rights and integration, and public opinion. He uses a variety of methodological techniques and contributes to onging methodological debates on the measurement of public opinion and time series analysis. Outside of academic work, Patrick is also a consultant psephologist, and works annually on BBC Election programmes as part of the exit poll and results analysis team led by Professor Sir John Curtice.

Research interests

My research focuses on the political representation and public opinion of immigrant and minority ethnic communities in Britain and Western Europe. My current project investigates the extent to local contexts of public opinion impact the opportunities for minority candidates to successfully gain selection and election to parliament. I also work on methodological research, specifically regarding time series and longitudunial public opinion estimation. 


Patrick completed his schooling at William Farr C of E Comprehensive School in Lincolnshire, before moving on to study for a degree in Politics and Philisophy at the University of Sheffield. Patrick stayed at the University of Sheffield to complete an MA in Politics and Research Methods, under the supervision of Professor Maria Grasso. Patrick moved on to the University of Manchester to complete a PhD in Politics under the supervision of Professor Maria Sobolewska and Professor Rob Ford. During his time at the University of Manchester, Patrick took up visiting positions at Sciences Po (Paris) and in Mexico City at the Cetro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas. Patrick completed his PhD in early 2018 and then held breif research positions at the Institute for Social Research in Oslo and then at the University of Sheffield before moving to take up his current post at the Univeristy of Exeter.