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Computer scientists use Twitter to predict UK general election result

Adam Tsakalidis 2

Computer scientists from the University of Warwick are using Twitter to predict the outcome of the UK general election and believe their forecasts could be more accurate than traditional opinion polls. Read more.


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Electoral process

Prof Wyn Grant: Wyn can talk about British politics in general and is happy to talk about the actual election itself, rather than any specific areas.

Wyn Grant

Dr Alex Smith: Mostly interested in commenting on the election dynamics in Scotland, with the SNP doing well in the polls. Can also talk about UKIP and the Greens.

Alex SMith

Dr Kevin Morrell: Political speeches, governance and narrative

Dr Keith Morrell

Dr Tom Flynn: Constitutional law, the EU and the European Convention on Human Rights. Issues such as the aftermath of the Scottish referendum and the future of the Union between England and Scotland; the constitutional position regarding hung parliaments, coalitions etc; the future of the UK's relationship with the EU; and on the Human Rights Act and the Convention more generally.

Security and terrorism

Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly: Counter-terrorism/security policy – particularly the ‘Prevent’ strand of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy.

Charlotte Heath Kelly

Dr Oz Hassan: International security; Terrorism; US Foreign Policy; European Foreign Policy; Middle East and North African Politics; Extremism; Arab / Persian Gulf; Security, international; European foreign; Politics

Oz Hassan


Martin Price, Mick Carpenter and Khursheed Wadia: young people and their relationship with politics – they are just about to complete a project on this very issue for the EU.

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Dr Eugenio Proto: Happiness and voting

"Behavioural Political Economy"

Eugenio Proto

Dr Niall Hughes: strategic voting in UK elections (and more generally FPTP legislative elections). What polling information should voters base their voting decision on in order to have the most impact on which government forms? Voters need to take into account both how people in their own constituency vote and how all other constituencies vote.



Dr David Webber: Politics of football (with fan organisations lobbying political parties to do more to spread the wealth in the sport, there might be more interest in this area than previous elections).

David Webber

British and European politics

Dr Philippe Blanchard – can offer comment on French and Swiss politics and how it compares with the UK.

Phillippe Blanchard


Katerina Hadjimatheou: The ethics of policing and security.

Katerina Hadjimatheou

Foreign policy

Dr Trevor McCrisken: US foreign policy, culture and politics – how it relates to British foreign policy.

Trevor McCrisken
Prof Mark Harrison: Russia, Ukraine, and Western foreign policy responses Mark Harrison


Dr Jonathan Cave: Population dynamics; drugs (legal and otherwise); ICT-related things (surveillance, privacy, cloud, IoT, etc.); health systems (NHS reforms, preventive medicine); regulation and competition (retail, information remedies and labelling, utilities, transport/HS2, consumer protection).

Jonathan Cave
Dr Dennis Novy: Domestic - the general macroeconomic picture and outlook for the UK in particular: fiscal policy and austerity; employment, unemployment and productivity; International - the Eurozone crisis and Greece. The international trade agenda of the government, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), trade with emerging economies such as China. Dennis Novy
Dr Giuliano Castellano: Financial Regulation and in particular EU Financial Regulation. The relationship between law and the economy - ‘Should we regulate?' ‘How?' ‘What kind of reform should we enact?’ Law in markets from an EU law perspective. Guilliano Castellano
Professor James Mitchell: Professor of Economic Modelling and Forecasting James Mitchell
Professor Mark Taylor: Macroeconomics, international finance, financial markets, emerging markets, financial econometrics, monetary economics, asset price determination, and the interaction between the real and financial sides of the economy. Mark Taylor


Dr Hannah Jones: Immigration and specifically the current government’s immigration rhetoric – she has recently completed a project on this issue:

Hannah Jones
Prof John Solomos: Race and ethnic relations in Britain; race and football; racist movements and ideas. John Solomos


Prof Rebecca Probert: Family law issues e.g. marriage/divorce law.

Rebecca Probert


Dr Anil Awesti: The issue of access to university for students from non-traditional backgrounds.

Anil Awesti
Dr Adam Boddison: Teacher education; teacher training Adam Boddison
Ian Abbott: Pupil premium and educational leadership; comparative education; education policy; academy Schools Ian Abbott


Christopher Warhurst: Employment; Skills and training; Job quality; Service work; Employment policy

Chris Warhurst

Kim Hoque: Zero hours and living wage

Kim Hoque


Stephen Roper: Small businesses

Stephen Roper


Crawford Spence: tax avoidance and tax evasion

Crawford Spence


Graeme Currie: NHS, especially elderly care

Graeme Currie


David Elmes: utility companies, energy market, oil, gas, electricity

David Elmes 

Michael Bradshaw: utility companies, energy market

Michael Bradshaw