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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, coding and data analysis methods 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. He currently have three major strands of ongoing research: my primary project investigates the extent to local contexts of public opinion impact the opportunities for minority candidates to successfully gain selection and election to parliament. Secondly, further ongoing research concerns carrying out extensive methodological research, specifically regarding short-data time series and longitudinal public opinion estimation, with the aim of publishing a new R package for Interrupted Time Series analysis this year. Thirdly, I am is also currently working with an international team of researchers exploring how policymaking regarding the integration of Muslims and Islam in to West-European political and social cultures is impacted by media framing and public opinion on Muslims.


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 brief 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 University of Exeter.

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