Professor Vyacheslav Jankin

Chief Scientific Adviser
Department of Government
Professor Vyacheslav Jankin
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Slava Jankin Mikhaylov is a Chief Scientific Adviser to Essex County Council, working on embedding data science and artificial intelligence in public service delivery. He is a professor of public policy and data science at University of Essex, holding a joint appointment in School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Institute for Analytics and Data Science and Department of Government. He received a bachelors degree in Economics from Belarus State Economic University and a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin. He has previously worked at University College London and London School of Economics. His research and teaching is primarily in the field of machine learning and natural language processing.


Journal articles (19)

Watts, N., Amann, M., Ayeb-Karlsson, S., Belesova, K., Bouley, T., Boykoff, M., Byass, P., Cai, W., Campbell-Lendrum, D., Chambers, J., Cox, PM., Daly, M., Dasandi, N., Davies, M., Depledge, M., Depoux, A., Dominguez-Salas, P., Drummond, P., Ekins, P., Flahault, A., Frumkin, H., Georgeson, L., Ghanei, M., Grace, D., Graham, H., Grojsman, R., Haines, A., Hamilton, I., Hartinger, S., Johnson, A., Kelman, I., Kiesewetter, G., Kniveton, D., Liang, L., Lott, M., Lowe, R., Mace, G., Odhiambo Sewe, M., Maslin, M., Mikhaylov, S., Milner, J., Latifi, AM., Moradi-Lakeh, M., Morrissey, K., Murray, K., Neville, T., Nilsson, M., Oreszczyn, T., Owfi, F., Pencheon, D., Pye, S., Rabbaniha, M., Robinson, E., Rocklöv, J., Schütte, S., Shumake-Guillemot, J., Steinbach, R., Tabatabaei, M., Wheeler, N., Wilkinson, P., Gong, P., Montgomery, H. and Costello, A., (2018). The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health. The Lancet. 391 (10120), 581-630

Pencheva, I., Esteve, M. and Mikhaylov, SJ., (2018). Big Data and AI – A transformational shift for government: So, what next for research?. Public Policy and Administration, 095207671878053-095207671878053

Mikhaylov, SVJ., Esteve, M. and Campion, A., (2018). AI for the Public Sector: Opportunities and challenges of cross-sector collaboration. Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. 376 (2128), 20170357-20170357

Baturo, A., Dasandi, N. and Mikhaylov, SJ., (2017). Understanding state preferences with text as data: Introducing the UN General Debate corpus. Research and Politics. 4 (2), 205316801771282-205316801771282

Baturo, A. and Mikhaylov, S., (2016). Blair disease? Business careers of the former democratic heads of state and government. Public Choice. 166 (3-4), 335-354

Benoit, K., Conway, D., Lauderdale, BE., Laver, M. and Mikhaylov, S., (2016). Crowd-sourced Text Analysis: Reproducible and Agile Production of Political Data. American Political Science Review. 110 (02), 278-295

Gurciullo, S., Herzog, A., John, P. and Mikhaylov, S., (2015). How Do Policy Memes Spread? An Analysis of the UK House of Commons Debates

Gurciullo, S., Smallegan, M., Pereda, M., Battiston, F., Patania, A., Poledna, S., Hedblom, D., Oztan, BT., Herzog, A., John, P. and Mikhaylov, S., (2015). Complex Politics: A Quantitative Semantic and Topological Analysis of UK House of Commons Debates. CoRR. abs/1510.03797

Marsh, M. and Mikhaylov, S., (2014). A Conservative Revolution: The Electoral Response to Economic Crisis in Ireland. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. 24 (2), 160-179

Baturo, A. and Mikhaylov, S., (2014). Reading the Tea Leaves: Medvedev's Presidency through Political Rhetoric of Federal and Sub-National Actors. Europe-Asia Studies. 66 (6), 969-992

De Neve, J-E., Mikhaylov, S., Dawes, CT., Christakis, NA. and Fowler, JH., (2013). Born to lead? A twin design and genetic association study of leadership role occupancy. The Leadership Quarterly. 24 (1), 45-60

Marsh, M. and Mikhaylov, S., (2012). Economic voting in a crisis: The Irish election of 2011. Electoral Studies. 31 (3), 478-484

Mikhaylov, S., Laver, M. and Benoit, KR., (2012). Coder Reliability and Misclassification in the Human Coding of Party Manifestos. Political Analysis. 20 (01), 78-91

Benoit, K., Laver, M., Lowe, W. and Mikhaylov, S., (2012). How to scale coded text units without bias: A response to Gemenis. Electoral Studies. 31 (3), 605-608

Däubler, T., Benoit, K., Mikhaylov, S. and Laver, M., (2012). Natural Sentences as Valid Units for Coded Political Texts. British Journal of Political Science. 42 (04), 937-951

Arzheimer, K., (2012). Inside the Radical Right: The Development of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe. West European Politics. 35 (5), 1208-1209

LOWE, WILL., BENOIT, KENNETH., MIKHAYLOV, SLAVA. and LAVER, MICHAEL., (2011). Scaling Policy Preferences from Coded Political Texts. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 36 (1), 123-155

(2010). European parliament elections and EU governance. Living Reviews in European Governance. 5 (1), 1-30

Benoit, K., Laver, M. and Mikhaylov, S., (2009). Treating Words as Data with Error: Uncertainty in Text Statements of Policy Positions. American Journal of Political Science. 53 (2), 495-513

Conferences (2)

Herzog, A. and Mikhaylov, SJ., (2018). Database of parliamentary speeches in Ireland, 1919-2013

Gurciullo, S. and Mikhaylov, SJ., (2018). Detecting policy preferences and dynamics in the un general debate with neural word embeddings

Reports and Papers (8)

Baturo, A., Dasandi, N. and Mikhaylov, SJ., What Drives the International Development Agenda? An NLP Analysis of the United Nations General Debate 1970-2016

Broniecki, P., Hanchar, A. and Mikhaylov, SJ., Data Innovation for International Development: An overview of natural language processing for qualitative data analysis

Kowalski, R., Esteve, M. and Mikhaylov, SJ., Application of Natural Language Processing to Determine User Satisfaction in Public Services

Ushakova, A. and Mikhaylov, SJ., Learning to Predict with Highly Granular Temporal Data: Estimating individual behavioral profiles with smart meter data

Pomeroy, C., Dasandi, N. and Mikhaylov, SJ., Disunited Nations? A Multiplex Network Approach to Detecting Preference Affinity Blocs using Texts and Votes

Pomeroy, C., Dasandi, N. and Mikhaylov, SJ., Multiplex Communities and the Emergence of International Conflict

Herzog, A., John, P. and Mikhaylov, SJ., Transfer Topic Labeling with Domain-Specific Knowledge Base: An Analysis of UK House of Commons Speeches 1935-2014

Gurciullo, S. and Mikhaylov, S., (2017). Topology Analysis of International Networks Based on Debates in the United Nations

Grants and funding


IAA ECC Challenge Lab project - Data Sharing

Catalyst Project (HEFCE Funding)


Retail Business Datasafe

Economic And Social Research Institute

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