Research centres and institutes
Research centres at the University aim to encourage and strengthen research
across a number of disciplines both. They bring together academics and research
students, both within and outside our University, to share knowledge and
expertise and explore joint research opportunities.
Within the Department there are three research centres:
National Policy Monitor
The National Policy Monitor is
a new high-quality longitudinal study of public attitudes to policy delivery in
Britain. It will provide monthly data on public experiences of and attitudes to
delivery in local and central government, as well as in selected areas of the
British Election Study
We also host the British Election Study,
a major Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded survey of attitudes
and opinions of the British electorate.
Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution
Professor Todd Landman is leading the creation of the
Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution, a truly interdisciplinary
research centre that draws on expertise from our Department, the
Human Rights Centre
and the School of Law.
European political science
are at the heart of European political
science research. Essex hosts the
European Consortium for Political
Research, an independent scholarly
association for political scientists in
Europe and beyond. Meanwhile,
Thomas Plmper is co-founder and
Executive Committee member of the
European Political Science Association.
Our Department has a long and distinguished tradition as a centre of social
and political theory. The Political
Theory Group is unique in bringing together leading scholars in the fields
of ideology and discourse analysis, and analytic political theory.
Last modified on 19 November 2012