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Joshua Townsley

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Teaching Fellow
Room: E1.25

Joshua is a Teaching Fellow in Quantitative Methods. He is also in the final stages of his PhD at the University of Kent, where he also taught quantitative research methods for 3 years. He received his BSc in Politics with Economics at the University of Bath, and his MRes in Politics at the University of Nottingham. Joshua also runs the LSE’s Democratic Dashboard project.

Research Interests

Joshua’s PhD thesis examines the role that traditional local campaigning plays in British politics today, using quantitative and experimental methods. More generally, his research interests include electoral campaigns, political behaviour, and British politics.





Is it worth door-knocking? Evidence from a UK-based GOTV field experiment on the effect of leaflets and canvass visits on voter turnout. Forthcoming. Political Science Research and Methods.

Information Effect on Voter Turnout: How Campaign Spending Mobilises Voters, with Siim Trumm and Laura Sudulich. 2017. Acta Politica, 52 (4): 461-478.

Other publications

Campaign spending and voter turnout: does a candidate’s local prominence influence the effect of their spending? 2018. Democratic Audit UK.

England’s local elections 2018: bridging the information gap with the Democratic Dashboard. 2018. Democratic Audit UK.

The Economic Benefits of Joining, Establishing, or Growing a Multi Academy Trust. 2017. Education Policy Institute.