Edward Fieldhouse is a Professor of Social and Political Science at the Institute for Social Change. He completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield and joined the University of Manchester in 1993. Following a brief period in local government he directed the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research from 2002 until 2005. In 2006 he was appointed as founding director of the Institute for Social Change and executive director of Social Change: a Harvard-Manchester Initiative.His main research interests are voting behaviour, electoral geography and political participation. He has recently been appointed as principal investigator to the Scientific Leadership Team of the 2015 British Election Study and is joint editor of the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties with Mark Franklin and Rachel Gibson. Other current research includes ‘The Social Complexity of Immigration and Diversity’ funded by the EPSRC. He has a longstanding interest in research methods and data resources and is vice chair of the ESRC’s Methods and Infrastructure Committee. He is co-author of over fifty scholarly articles and books on a diverse range of topics including voting behaviour and turnout, social capital, social inequality, unemployment and deprivation. He has extensive experience of working with non-academic stakeholders in the role of consultant, advisor and contractor. Partners and clients include the Electoral Commission; the Office for National Statistics; the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the former Commission for Racial Equality; the Department for Work and Pensions; Manchester City Council and Oldham MBC.

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