Dr Thom Oliver

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  • Qualifications:BA, MRes, PhD
  • Position:Research and Business Development Manager (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Department:RBI - Research and Business Development
  • Telephone:+4411732 86051
  • Email:Thom.Oliver@uwe.ac.uk
  • Social media: LinkedIn logo Twitter logo

About me

Research and Business Development manager working cross faculty supporting research and bidding activity in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Social Science Funding Opportunities Calendar 


In another life I am a political scientist. 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.

I am part of the Bristol Civic Leadership Project with Professor Robin Hambleton and Dr David Sweeting.

I am an Associate Lecturer at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham.

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.

Google Scholar Profile

ResearchGate Profile

Delegates and Trustees (Personal Blog)

Area of expertise

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


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