Dr Thom Oliver

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  • Qualifications:BA, MRes, PhD, AFHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Politics
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+4411732 86051
  • Email:Thom.Oliver@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Senior Lecturer in Politics

My principal research interests encompass aspects of governance, representation and accountability in a broad range of organisations (political, non governmental and third sector).

I am active in the Social Science Research Group and a member of the Global Security and Human Rights theme.

I also work across other domains including:

  • Regional, City and Local Government and Governance
  • Public Governance (Education, Health and Politics)
  • Democratic Theory
  • Organisational Sensemaking
  • Qualitative Research Methods (In particular: Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis)
  • Qualitative Electoral Studies
  • Political Leadership (City Leadership/Elected Mayors)
  • Liberal Democrats.
  • Digital Democracy

Along with Dr Kristi Winters, Dr Edzia Carvalho, and Dr Nora Siklodi, I am a co-investigator for the Qualitative Election Study of Britain. In recent years the study has been funded by the British Academy, Carnegie Foundation and UK Data Archive.

I am part of the Bristol Civic Leadership Project with Professor Robin Hambleton and Dr David Sweeting. The project has secured funding from the ESRC (Impact Accelerator).

I am part of the UK research team for the ongoing Municipal Assemblies in European Local Governance in Change (MAELG) study, a cross European comparative study on the role of Councillors.

I am currently convenor of the Liberals and Liberalism Specialist Group and joint founder and convenor of the ​​Qualitative Research Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association.

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Area of expertise

Research Bidding, Planning Research, Funding Searches, Collaborative Bidding, Data Management, Building your Research Profile, Social Media.


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