Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Louis Stockwell


PhD Candidate

For all teaching inquires please use my staff email:

Advice and Feedback Hours (via Teams or in D2.09):

Monday - 13:00 - 14:00

Friday - 11:30 - 12:30

Please email in advance to book a 15 minute slot.


I am a PhD Candidate & Associate Tutor in the Department of Politics and International Studies. I joined Warwick in 2021 after several years working in local government. I completed my BA(hons) in International Politics at the University of Huddersfield, and my MSc (cum laude) in Political Science at Leiden University.


My doctoral research, 'Referendums and Politicisation: a Comparative Perspective' (provisional title), focusses on understanding the relationship between referendums, issue politicisation, polarisation, and political realignment in established democracies. I am supervised by Professor Ece Özlem AtikcanLink opens in a new window and Professor Michael SawardLink opens in a new window

Research interests
  • Comparative politics
  • Direct democracy and referendums
  • Democratic innovations
  • Politicisation and polarisation
  • Political cleavages and realignment
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Time series analysis and causal inference
Awards and scholarships
  • Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) PhD Scholarship (2021), University of Warwick
Conference papers and invited talks
  • (Conference paper) Taking democracy into our own hands: assessing the indirect effects of unofficial regional sovereignty referendums in Spain and Italy. ECPR General Conference, Charles University (Prague), 05/09/2023
  • (Conference presentation) The efficacy of unofficial referendums as regionalisation and independence protest events . PAIS Research Conference, University of Warwick (Coventry), 28/06/2023
  • (Conference presentation) On the divergent effects of referendums as democratic innovations. PAIS Research Conference, University of Warwick (Coventry), 29/06/2022

2023/24 academic year:

  • PO238 Themes in European Integration
  • PO107 Introduction to Politics

2022/23 academic year:

  • PO107 Introduction to Politics
Other activities