Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya
Both my research and teaching revolve around my long-standing interest in political representation in Britain. They stretch from exploring role model effect and symbolic representation of women and ethnic minorities to studying substantive religious representation in the UK Parliament and issues relating to accountability and political attitudes.
I have published several collaborative and single-authore papers in this area and am currently working on a book examining the effects of religion on Euroscepticism during and after the 2016 Referendum.
I am also teaching modules on parliamentary studies (POL2113) and political representation in the UK (POL3242), as well as Issues in Modern British Politics (POL2114) that reflect my susbstantive research and methodological expertise.
Research group links
- Centre for Elections, Media & Participation
- Department of Politics
- Religion and Spirituality Network
- The University of Exeter Q-Step Centre
- College of Social Sciences and International Studies
My research interests include political participation and representation of under-represented groups such as women, ethnic and religious minorities in Britain and other Western democracies, which stretches into several research projects.
I am currently studying the effects of religion on Eurosceptic attitudes (with Dr Stuart Fox of Brunel University London) and on social capital in Britain (with colleagues from Cardiff University). In collaboration with Dr Nataliya Danilova (Aberdeen), I am exploring the lanscape of heroes and patterns of hero choice in Britain and the USA. Finally, I have been collaborating with the colleagues from Exeter (part of the ESRC-funded 'Media in Context' project) on research focusing on electoral mandates, and how the perceived magnitude of an electoral victory shape expectations of government performance.
My research has been published in The Journal of Common Market Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, The Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties among others.
I am keen to supervise students working on political representation, legislative studies and political behaviours (especially religion and ethicity as drivers of political behaviour and attitudes) in Britain and potentially Western democracies. Methodologically, I am most comfortanble with quantitative and mixed methods of analysis, including analysis of survey and text data.
Nichola Jane Williams
I have joined the University of Exeter as Lecturer in British Politics from Swansea University in September 2019. Before Swansea, I worked as an Associate Lecturer (and then a Lecturer) in Quantitative Methods at the Exeter Q-Step Centre and contributed to the ESRC-funded 'Media in Context' project as an Associate Research Fellow between 2014 and 2017. Prior to completing my PhD, I also taught at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Kemerovo State University (Russia).
I hold a PhD in Politics from the University of Nottingham, as well as a Candidate of Contemporary World History degree from Tomsk State University (Russia). I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.