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Trust in the UK Government, social norms, and privacy concern associated with uptake of NHS Covid-19 app, study shows
Uptake and continued use of the NHS Covid-19 app last year depended on people’s trust in the UK Government, their concern about privacy, and crucially whether other people in their social networks endorse it, a new study shows.
Talent in rural areas of Cornwall “wasted” because of poor public transport and lack of internet access, study warns
The skills of talented people in living in rural Cornwall are being wasted because of poor public transport and lack of internet access, a new study warns.
New repair cafes where people can mend and modify clothing and creating “20 minute neighbourhoods” would help to revitalise Cornish high streets, a new report says.
Elite individuals from post-Soviet states are laundering their wealth and reputations in the UK, knowingly and willingly supported by a network of British professions, new research claims.
Long hours, working alone and a feeling of being undervalued and disconnected from the wider public are among the key factors which cause loneliness within the farming community, a major new study shows.
Major new study to map South West’s food supply aims to improve opportunities for producers, processors and procurers
A major new project to map the South West’s food supply chains will identify opportunities to improve the system for people, place and planet.
Despite the farming community facing significant mental and physical health challenges, more than 50 per cent remain optimistic about the future of their farm businesses
RABI’s Big Farming Survey results have revealed that despite the farming community facing significant mental and physical health challenges, more than 50% remain optimistic about the future of their farm businesses.
Online launch of Ross Carroll’s book on Uncivil Mirth: Ridicule in Enlightenment Britain, published by Princeton University Press
An online Workshop organised by the Centre for Political Thought.
Men, Conservative Party supporters and Brexit-backers more likely to support the use of nuclear weapons, study shows
Men, Conservative Party supporters and those who wanted Britain to leave the EU, are more likely to want to retain Britain's nuclear deterrent, a study shows.
New research by The Prince’s Countryside Fund highlights the importance of auction marts for the social, health, and wellbeing of their visitors
A new report commissioned by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, and carried out by researchers from the University of Exeter, highlights how auction marts tackle social isolation and improve the health and wellbeing of their users.
Populist anti-foreign aid rhetoric has an impact on the public – but only among fans of populist politicians, study shows
Populist anti-foreign aid rhetoric works – but only fans of populist politicians are convinced by hostile messages about charity abroad, a new study shows. Those who distrust populist politicians are significantly less susceptible to these messages.
Public opinion surveys on vaccine hesitancy can help predict where vaccine uptake is likely to be lower, study shows
Public opinion surveys could be used more widely to understand regional variation in vaccine hesitancy, experts have recommended.
Religious participation makes both old and young more likely to trust their neighbours and donate to charity, study shows
“Boomers” and “millennials” who go to church are more likely to trust their neighbours and donate to charity, according to a new study.
There is an urgent need to change the image of farming in order to prevent “disastrous” agriculture labour shortages, a new report warns.
People who falsely believe they are able to identify false news are more likely to fall victim to it, study shows
People who falsely believe they are able to identify false news are more likely to fall victim to it, a new study shows.
Tackling attempts by kleptocrats to launder reputations must be a priority for universities, report warns
Universities must make tackling attempts by kleptocrats to use higher education to launder reputations a greater priority, a new report warns.
Cornwall EU leave voters wanted to 'take back control' and express concern about immigration, new research shows
Leave voters in Cornwall wanted to exit the EU to “take back control” and express concern about immigration.
The different personalities of global leaders have influenced their reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows.
Extreme weather affecting UK agriculture – but adapting to changing climate a challenge for many farmers, study shows
Extreme weather is harming UK agriculture – but many farmers have not yet made adapting to the effects of the climate emergency a priority, a new study shows.
Growth of satire during “age of politeness” saw worries ridicule could lead to abuse, research shows
The explosion of satire in the Georgian period saw philosophers worry mockery could lead to abuse, research shows.
People in France, Germany, and Sweden split over the lifting of restrictions for vaccinated citizens, study shows
Coronavirus restrictions should be lifted for those vaccinated, 30 to 40 per cent of people in France, Germany and Sweden have said.
RABI extends its thanks to the farming sector as the largest ever research project into the health and wellbeing of farming people throughout England and Wales concludes its first stage.
A majority of election administrators are concerned about low voter turnout, particularly in contests for Police and Crime Commissioners, a study shows.
Major new study will investigate causes of global persistent inequality in female electoral representation
A major new study will shed new light on why there are fewer female than male politicians around the world, and if sexism, discrimination and violence are to blame.
A new student-centred project showcases its research on UNRWA - the largest agency of the UN system protecting the rights of Palestinian refugees.
Making spaces on the high street for clothing repairs could transform “make do and mend” into the “hipster’s’ equivalent of a spa day”, experts say
Making space in high street shops for people to repair clothes could mend the damage caused by fast fashion and transform sewing into a wellbeing activity, experts say.
Faith played an “important and under-appreciated role” in the UK’s choice to leave Europe, with Anglicans more likely to back Brexit, a major new study shows.
Centre-right MEPs voted less cohesively on issues about EU fundamental values when Fidesz was a member of the EPP group, a new study shows.
Far right political parties have acted in an ambivalent rather than overtly sceptical way towards Europe, analysis shows.
Farmers mental health and resilience and the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic will be the focus of a major new research project.
People would prefer to vote online than by post in UK 2021 elections during pandemic, research shows
More people would prefer to vote online than by post during the bumper set of covid-disrupted local, mayoral and national elections this year, research shows.
Health and wellbeing benefits of walking on the South West Coast Path valued at over £75 million per year
Latest research has calculated health and wellbeing benefits of over £75 million for people walking Britain’s longest National Trail.
ISIS and the Taliban use different strategies to appeal to women in English-language magazines, study shows
ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban use their English-language magazines to encourage women to support jihad in different ways, according to new research.
RABI has launched the largest ever survey of farming people in England and Wales, with a target of achieving 26,000 responses.
BAME parliamentary candidates not picked to fight ‘winnable seats’ in areas with less tolerance towards diversity, study suggests
Political parties are increasingly likely to avoid selecting ethnic minority candidates for ‘winnable’ constituencies at General Elections in areas where there are less tolerant attitudes toward diversity, study suggests.
People back coronavirus restrictions but think autumn local lockdowns were mismanaged by the Government, survey shows
There is widespread public support for coronavirus restrictions, but most people believe local lockdowns this autumn were mismanaged by the Government, a new survey shows.
Academics in favour of universities refusing funding from nations connected to human rights concerns, survey shows
Academics are in favour of universities refusing funding from foreign organisations and individuals or nations linked with human rights concerns, a new survey of over 1,500 social scientists based in UK universities shows.
A new regional network between the GW4 universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter has launched which will focus on research into neurodiversity and conditions such as ADHD and autism
Online church services have proved popular with rural communities during the pandemic, a new study shows.
Former rebel groups become more moderate after gaining political power in nations with democracy, research shows
Former rebel groups who transform into political parties have adopted a moderate stance after gaining power in more democratic political systems, a study 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linguist and philosopher, Noam Chomsky, will speak to Professor Robert Lamb from the University of Exeter, in a free online event.
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.
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 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 supporters are more likely to be new to protesting than other environmental activists, a new study shows.
People in France and Germany support building greater European military capacity and security and defence policy, a survey shows.
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 identify dubious information online, a new study shows.
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.
News from the BBC about coronavirus has been shared significantly more on social media than articles from journalists in other organisations, new research suggests.
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.
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.
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.
Drs John Heathershaw and Brieg Powel lead the pandemipolitics.net initiative - a new blog where CAIS experts unpack the political dimension of the ongoing pandemic.
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.
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 experts will help to train academics from throughout the UK in cutting-edge research methods as part of a major new national initiative.
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
Professor Claire Dunlop has been appointed as Vice Chair of Political Studies Association of the UK (PSA)
Drs Baele, Coan and Brace receive a CREST award to conduct research on the far-right online underworld.
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.
A team of Exeter experts offer a new framework for the analysis of extremist groups' use of visual imagery in propaganda.
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.
“Elite”, high-earning political lobbyists are more likely to overstate their achievements, a 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.
'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.
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 politicians when the media describes them as having won a decisive electoral victory, research shows.
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.
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.
The conference, entitled Innovating New Approaches to Common Challenges in Asia, Africa and Latin America, took place from 10th-12th July 2019.
Regulation & Governance serves as the leading, interdisciplinary platform for the study of regulation and governance
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'.
Dr Thomann will be travelling to Wroclaw and Belfast.
Dr Eva Thomann has been awarded the prestigious International Public Policy Association (IPPA) Award for Best Book in 2019 in Montreal.
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 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
The College performed extremely well in the Guild Teaching Awards 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
EU Talks: “New media policy challenges posed by the new content and distribution platforms: the EU at the crossroads”
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.
We are offering offer two tailored 5-day (1 week) qualitative methods modules at our beautiful Cornwall campus.
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.
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).
New research provides practical guidance on how political organisations can recruit, activate and retain members
Eva Thomann will be teaching two courses at the renowned winter school of methods and techniques of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR).
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".
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.
The journal is a leading interdisciplinary journal that publishes original empirical, analytic, and theoretical studies of conflict and political economy.
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.
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.
A University of Exeter expert has contributed to the review of the Government’s 25 Year Bovine TB Strategy.
Dr Lamprini Rori co-organised conference on the political participation of the Greek diaspora in national political affairs
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.
On 7 November Dr Sarah Cooper presented a paper at a House of Lords Workshop.
Information sharing among climate elite changes over time but still highly polarised
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 in news coverage can fuel belief in conspiracy theories, according to a new study.
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 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.
European Society for Central Asian Society Conference 2019 to be hosted by Exeter.
A workshop organised by the Exeter Central Asian Studies Network was held at Exeter University on 21 June 2018.
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.
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 find business opportunities and help promote better public health
Dr Catarina Thomson discusses her research on public attitudes to defence spending on the BBC
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 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
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
Book by 2 July 2018.
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
The University of Exeter welcomes a delegation from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office onto our Streatham Campus.
Britain’s future military commanders and staff officers want the Government to increase defence spending, new research shows.
The University of Exeter welcomes a delegation from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office onto our Streatham Campus.
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 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 hinting at fake information in news coverage is enough to fuel belief in conspiracy theories, new research shows.
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 part of new consortium announced by Prime Minister to train next generation of digital specialists
Event Hosted by the Centre for European Governance
Postdoctoral prize wininng research on welfare reform and civic participation in local governance in Russia and China
Professor Dumper writes in Guardian Opinion
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.
Social media has rapidly become the primary means of political communication across much of Sub-Saharan Africa.
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).
The panel consisted of four young women, 3 of whom are University of Exeter alumnae who had each undertaken different career paths and gave insight into their sector as well as their reasons for success.
Round table event to give students exposure to different perspectives from people coming from different viewpoints and interact with each other.
Hannah is an Associate Lecturer in Social Data Analysis and SMART Skills Co-ordinator at the Exeter Q-Step Centre.