About REPRESENT

REPRESENT is the Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy. It is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham, under the direction of Professor Nic Cheeseman (International Development Department, Birmingham) and Dr Fernando Casal Bértoa (School of Politics and International Relations, Nottingham).

REPRESENT aims to bring together, and drive, innovative research in three areas that are, at present, disconnected: research on the falling social penetration of established political parties, research on the rise of populism, and research on the effectiveness of foreign aid given to support democracy. It does so on an interdisciplinary basis, connecting development studies, political science and area studies, and by bringing together leading experts on the politics of different regions (including Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia).

REPRESENT provides a ‘hub’ for knowledge exchange between academic researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. It aims to increase the accessibility of academic expertise on democratization to policy-makers and practitioners, to support researchers seeking to produce policy-relevant research on political parties and democratization, and to act as an ‘incubator’ for new collaborations between these groups.

Throughout 2019, REPRESENT will host a seminar series and a workshop, Evolving Party Systems, Ideological Configurations and Values (to be held in Nottingham 17 May 2019).

Directors

Fernando Casal Bértoa

Fernando Casal Bértoa 

Associate Professor in Comparative Politics

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: political party (funding) regulation, party (system) institutionalization, democracy promotion, qualitative methods

Email: Fernando.Casal.Bertoa@nottingham.ac.uk

Website: https://whogoverns.eu/biography/?fbclid=IwAR16-IRKSHbvzSynthLY3yAWWiYqrapantVQrZ96cZIpwdU3gyRA09Zyrig

Tim Haughton

Tim Haughton

Reader (Senior Associate Professor) in European Politics

Department of Political Science and International Studies – University of Birmingham

Research interests: campaigning, party politics in Central and Eastern Europe, politics of Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic

Email: T.J.Haughton@bham.ac.uk

Deputy directors

Nic Cheeseman (Profile to be added)

Annemarie Walter

Annemarie Walter 

Assistant Professor

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: party strategy, election campaigns, political scandals, public opinion

Email: Annemarie.Walter@nottingham.ac.uk

Website: www.annemariewalter.eu

Don Lee

Don S. Lee

Research Fellow

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: political economy of institutions, comparative regime types, elections and parties in democracy, Asian politics

Email: Don.Lee@nottingham.ac.uk

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/donslee

Our members

Lise Storm

Lise Storm

Senior Lecturer in Middle East Politics

Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies – University of Exeter

Research interests: political parties, democratization and authoritarian resilience/upgrading, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa

Email: L.Storm@exeter.ac.uk

Website: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/staff/storm/

Cees van der Eijk

Cees van der Eijk

Professor of Social Science Research Methods

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: comparative electoral research, public opinion, democratic theory, methodology, knowledge graphs

Email: Cees.vanderEijk@nottingham.ac.uk

William Daniel

William T. Daniel

Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: political parties, legislatures, European Union

Email: William.Daniel@nottingham.ac.uk

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/wdaniel127/

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Patricia Correa Vila

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations

School of Languages and Social Sciences – Aston University, Birmingham

Research interests: political parties, party members, Spanish politics

Email: P.Correa-Vila@aston.ac.uk

Ian Collins

Ian Collins

Doctoral Researcher

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: liberalism, populism, Russian Opposition in Western press

Email: Ian.Collins@nottingham.ac.uk

Esmeralda Bon

Esmeralda V. Bon

Research Associate DiCED

University of Manchester

Research interests: digital campaigning and electoral democracy

Email: Esmeralda.Bon@manchester.ac.uk

Website: https://esmeraldabon.com/

Twitter handle: @EsmeraldaVBon

Lewis Scott

Lewis Scott

Doctoral Researcher

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: Political marketing, social media, political branding, British politics

Email: Lewis.Scott@nottingham.ac.uk

Twitter handle: @lwssctt

Omar de la Cruz

Omar de la Cruz Carrillo

Assistant Professor in-Residence

Metropolitan Autonomous University, Campus Iztapalapa (UAM-I), Mexico and Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO), Mexico

Research interests: electoral justice, gender quotas, Latin American politics, political parties, Mexican elections

Email: Omar.delaCruz@iteso.mx

Website: https://independent.academia.edu/OmarDelaCruzCarrillo

Anna Silander

Anna Silander

Doctoral Researcher

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: radical right-wing populism

Email: Anna.Silander@nottingham.ac.uk

Nora Leach

Nora Leach

ESRC DTP PhD Candidate

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: public administration, politicisation of bureaucracy, islands of excellence, democratisation, europeanisation

Email: Nora.Leach@nottingham.ac.uk

Manuel Hernandez-Gonzalez

Manuel Hernandez – Gonzalez

Doctoral Researcher

School of Politics and International Relations – University of Nottingham

Research interests: quality of democracy, government alternation, presidential power, Latin American political systems

Email: Manuel.Hernandez-Gonzalez@nottingham.ac.uk

Susan Dodsworth

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