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Professor Nick Allum

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Department of Sociology
Professor Nick Allum
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    +44 (0) 1206 874378

  • Location

    6.332, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    By appointment

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Biography

My research interests are in public understanding of science, risk perception and trust. I am primarily a survey researcher and I do research in survey methodology. I am also beginning to do research on scientists, academics and research integrity. Most of my teaching is in research methods and statistics. I accept PhD students working in any of these areas or indeed any other area of quantitative social science that you can get me interested in. I am also available for consultancy work that aligns with my areas of expertise. You can find my Google scholar profile, CV and other details under the Contact section at the bottom of the page.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Psychology). Thesis title: Risk, Social Trust and Knowledge: Public Perceptions of Gene Technology in Britain London School of Economics and Political Science,

  • MSc Social Research Methods and Philosophy (Distinction). Thesis title: A Social Representations Approach to the Comparison of Three Textual Corpora Using Alceste London School of Economics and Political Science,

  • BA Political Economy (First Class Honours) University of East London,

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Professor of Research Methodology, Department of Sociology (1/10/2013 - present)

Research and professional activities

Current research

Selected Current Research Projects

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Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Researching Social Life II (SC203)

  • Stratification Across the Life Course: Inequalities From Cradle to Grave (SC208)

  • Models and Measurement in Quantitative Sociology (SC385)

  • Introduction to Quantitative Analysis (SC504)

  • Quantitative Research Project (SC830)

Previous supervision

Pei-Ling Lin
Pei-Ling Lin
Thesis title: Media Representations and Public Attitudes Towards Nanotechonology in Taiwan
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 29/5/2018
Andreea-Loredana Moldovan
Andreea-Loredana Moldovan
Thesis title: Socio-Economic Disparities in Science Knowledge, Biomedical Self-Efficacy, and Public Participation in Medical Decision-Making.
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 7/3/2018
Roxana-Diana Baltaru
Roxana-Diana Baltaru
Thesis title: Organisational Expansion in Higher Education: The Growth of Universities' Administrative Staff and its Impact on Performance
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 19/2/2018
Sergio Lo Iacono
Sergio Lo Iacono
Thesis title: On the Determinants of Generalized Trust: An Investigation of the Institution-Centred and Society-Centred Perspectives
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 9/1/2018
Natasha May Crawford
Natasha May Crawford
Thesis title: The Social Determinants of Health: An Empirical Analysis of Ethnic and Spatial Inequalities in Health
Degree subject: Applied Social and Economic Research
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 22/11/2017
Maria Katia Orteca
Maria Katia Orteca
Thesis title: An Investigation of Social Capital in Britain Using Small Area Estimation Analysis
Degree subject: Sociological Research
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 16/5/2017
Deborah Susan Hart
Deborah Susan Hart
Thesis title: A Sociological Analysis of Associations Between the Family and Well-Being: Roles, Responsibilities and Relationships
Degree subject: Applied Social and Economic Research
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 25/8/2016
Elissa Johanna Sibley
Elissa Johanna Sibley
Thesis title: The Quality of Society: Essays on Measurement and Trust
Degree subject: Applied Social and Economic Research
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 24/6/2016
Nephat Shumba
Nephat Shumba
Thesis title: Essays on Socio-Economic Integration of Immigrants in the UK Labour Market: Deskilling, Gendering of Occupations and Earning Trajectories.
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 22/4/2016
Alexandru Cernat
Alexandru Cernat
Thesis title: Evaluating Mode Differences in Longitudinal Data. Moving to a Mixed Mode Paradigm of Survey Methodology
Degree subject: Survey Methodology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 20/1/2016
Emily Elaine Gilbert
Emily Elaine Gilbert
Thesis title: Sources of Measurement Error in Panel Surveys
Degree subject: Survey Methodology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 15/5/2015
Aaron Reeves
Aaron Reeves
Thesis title: Cultures of Participation: Parents, Peers and the Social Strata.
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/6/2013
Hazel Jean Pettifor
Hazel Jean Pettifor
Thesis title: Towards the Green Household: An Investigation Into the Influences on Behaviour Change
Degree subject: Applied Social and Economic Research
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 8/5/2013
Gemma Anne Luxton
Gemma Anne Luxton
Degree subject: Survey Methods for Social Research
Degree type: Master of Science
Awarded date: 19/11/2012

Publications

Journal articles (33)

Roberts, C., Allum, N., Gilbert, E. and Eisner, L., Satisficing in surveys: Results of a systematic review of the literature. Public Opinion Quarterly

Allum, N., Besley, J., Gomez, L. and Brunton-Smith, I., (2018). Disparities in science literacy. Science. 360 (6391), 861-861

Allum, NC., Conrad, F. and Wenz, A., (2018). Consequences of mid-stream mode-switching in a panel survey. Survey Research Methods. 12 (1), 43-58

Allum, N., Allansdottir, A., Gaskell, G., Hampel, J., Jackson, J., Moldovan, A., Priest, S., Stares, S. and Stoneman, P., (2017). Religion and the Public Ethics of Stem-cell Research: Attitudes in Europe, Canada and the United States. PLoS ONE. 12 (4), e0176274-e0176274

Allum, N., (2013). Exploring public discourses about emerging technologies through the clustering of open-ended survey questions. Public Understanding of Science. 22 (7), 850-868

Stoneman, P., Sturgis, P. and Allum, N., (2013). Understanding support for complementary and alternative medicine in general populations: Use and perceived efficacy. Health:. 17 (5), 512-529

Stoneman, P., Sturgis, P., Allum, N. and Sibley, E., (2013). Incommensurable worldviews? Is public use of complementary and alternative medicines incompatible with support for science and conventional medicine?. PLoS ONE. 8 (1), e53174-e53174

Allum, N. and Stoneman, P., (2012). Beliefs about Astrology across Europe. The Culture of Science: How the Public Relates to Science Across the Globe. 15, 301-301

Sturgis, P., Brunton-Smith, I., Read, S. and Allum, N., (2011). Does Ethnic Diversity Erode Trust? Putnam?s ?Hunkering Down? Thesis Reconsidered. British Journal of Political Science. 41 (01), 57-82

Gaskell, G., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Castro, P., Esmer, Y., Fischler, C., Jackson, J., Kronberger, N., Hampel, J., Mejlgaard, N. and others, (2011). The 2010 Eurobarometer on the life sciences. Nature biotechnology. 29 (2), 113-114

Gaskell, G., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Castro, P., Esmer, Y., Fischler, C., Jackson, J., Kronberger, N., Hampel, J., Mejlgaard, N. and others, (2011). Winds of change? The European public and biotechnology. Nature Biotechnology

Allum, N., (2011). What Makes Some People Think Astrology Is Scientific?. Science Communication. 33 (3), 341-366

Gaskell, G., Stares, S., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Castro, P. and others, (2010). Europeans and Biotechnology in 2010: Winds of change? A report to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research on the Eurobarometer 73.1 on Biotechnology, FP7 project’Sensitive Technologies and European Public Ethics’(STEPE)

Sturgis, P., Read, S. and Allum, N., (2010). Does intelligence foster generalized trust? An empirical test using the UK birth cohort studies. Intelligence. 38 (1), 45-54

Allum, N., (2009). Surveying Science. People & Science, creators-Allum=3ANick=3A=3A

Allum, N., Sturgis, P., Tabourazi, D. and Brunton-Smith, I., (2008). Science knowledge and attitudes across cultures: a meta-analysis. Public Understanding of Science. 17 (1), 35-54

Bauer, MW., Allum, N. and Miller, S., (2007). What can we learn from 25 years of PUS survey research? Liberating and expanding the agenda. Public understanding of science. 16 (1), 79-95

Sturgis, P., Allum, N., Smith, P. and Woods, A., (2007). An experiment on the measurement of political knowledge in surveys. Public Opinion Quarterly. 72 (1), 90-102

Allum, N., (2007). An empirical test of competing theories of hazard-related trust: The case of GM food. Risk Analysis. 27 (4), 935-946

Mejlgaard, N., Gaskill, G., Stares, S., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Corchero, C., Fischler, C., Hampel, J., Jackson, J., Kronberger, N. and others, (2006). Europeans and Biotechnology in 2005: Paterns and Trends. Final report on Eurobarometer. 64

Sturgis, P. and Allum, N., (2006). A literature review of research conducted on public interest, knowledge and attitudes to biomedical science: a report published by the Wellcome Trust

Sturgis, P., Roberts, C. and Allum, N., (2005). A different take on the deliberative poll information, deliberation, and attitude constraint. Public Opinion Quarterly. 69 (1), 30-65

Jackson, J., Allum, N. and Gaskell, G., (2005). Perceptions of risk in cyberspace. Trust and Crime in Information Societies, 245-245

Sturgis, P. and Allum, N., (2004). Science in society: re-evaluating the deficit model of public attitudes. Public understanding of science. 13 (1), 55-74

Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Torgersen, H., Hampel, J. and Bardes, J., (2004). GM foods and the misperception of risk perception. Risk analysis. 24 (1), 185-194

Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Bauer, M., Jackson, J., Howard, S. and Lindsey, N., (2003). Climate change for biotechnology? UK public opinion 1991-2002. AgBioForum. 6 (1-2), 55-67

Allum, N., Boy, D. and Bauer, M., (2002). European regions and the knowledge deficit model

Gaskell, G. and Allum, N., (2001). Sound science, problematic publics? Contrasting representations of risk and uncertainty. Politeia. 17, 13-25

Sturgis, PJ. and Allum, N., (2001). Gender differences in scientific knowledge and attitudes toward science: reply to Hayes and Tariq. Public Understanding of Science. 10 (4), 427-430

Kronberger, N., Dahinden, U., Allansdottir, A., Seger, N., Pfenning, U., Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Rusanen, T., Montali, L., Wagner, W. and others, (2001). " The Train Departed without Us". Public Perceptions of Biotechnology in Ten European Countries. Notizie di politeia. 17, 26-36

Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Bauer, M., Durant, J., Allansdottir, A., Bonfadelli, H., Boy, D., De Cheveigné, S., Fjaestad, B., Gutteling, JM. and others, (2000). Biotechnology and the European public. Nature biotechnology. 18 (9), 935-938

Gaskell, G., Bauer, MW., Durant, J. and Allum, NC., (1999). Worlds apart? The reception of genetically modified foods in Europe and the US. Science. 285 (5426), 384-384

Gaskell, G., Bauer, MW., Allum, N., Lindsey, N., Durant, J. and Lueginger, J., (1996). United Kingdom: spilling the beans on genes. Biotechnology. 2000, 292-306

Books (2)

Bauer, MW., Shukla, R. and Allum, N., (2012). The culture of science: How the public relates to science across the globe. Routledge. 9780415873697

Bulmer, M., Sturgis, P. and Allum, N., (2009). The Secondary Analysis of Survey Data [Four-Volume Set]. Sage

Book chapters (21)

(2018). Cross-Cultural Analysis. In: Cross-Cultural Analysis: Methods and Applications, 2nd Edition. Routledge. 45- 64. 9781138670648

Roberts, C., Allum, N. and Sturgis, P., (2014). Nonresponse and measurement error in an online panel. In: Online Panel Research. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 337- 362. 9781118763520

Sturgis, P., Patulny, R., Allum, N. and Buscha, F., (2012). Social connectedness and generalized trust: a longitudinal perspective. In: Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Social Capital. Edward Elgar Publishing. 76- 90. 9780857935847

Bauer, MW., Shukla, R., Allum, N., Bauer, MW., Shukla, R. and Allum, N., (2012). Towards cultural indicators of science with global validity. Routledge New York, NY. 39- 54

Wang, K., Ren, F., He, W., Zhang, C., Bauer, MW., Shukla, R. and Allum, N., (2012). Adult Scientific Literacy and its Surveys in China since 1992. 126- 137

Allum, N., Patulny, R., Read, S. and Sturgis, P., (2010). Re-evaluating the links between social trust, institutional trust and civic association. In: Spatial and social disparities. Springer Netherlands. 199- 215

Allum, N., Sturgis, P. and Read, S., (2010). Evaluating Change in Social and Political Trust in Europe. In: Methods for Cross-Cultural Analysis: Basic Strategies and Applications. Editors: Davidov, E., Schmidt, P. and Billiet, J., . Taylor & Francis. 35- 53. 9781848728226

Sturgis, P., Allum, N. and Brunton-Smith, I., (2009). Attitudes over time: The psychology of panel conditioning. In: Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys. Wiley Hoboken, NJ. 113- 126. 9780470018712

Allum, N. and Arber, S., (2008). Secondary Analysis of Survey Data. In: Researching Social Life (Third Edition). Editors: Gilbert, N., . Sage. 9781412946612

Einsiedel, E., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Bauer, MW., Berthomier, A., Chatjouli, A., de Cheveigné, S., Downey, R., Gutteling, JM., Kohring, M. and others, (2002). Brave new sheep the clone named Dolly. Cambridge University Press

Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Allum, N., de Cheveigné, S., Diego, C., Gaskell, G., Heinßen, M., Midden, C., Odegaard, M., Olsson, S., Rizzo, B., Rusannen, T. and Stathopoulou, A., (2002). Pandora’s Genes-Images of Biotechnology and Nature in Europe. In: Biotechnology - the Making of a Global Controversy. Editors: Bauer, MW. and Gaskell, G., . Cambridge University Press. 978-0521774390

Gaskell, G., Thompson, P. and Allum, N., (2002). Worlds apart? Public opinion in Europe and the USA. Cambridge Univ Pr. 351- 351

Gaskell, G., Allum, NC., Bauer, MW. and Durant, J., (2002). The origins of the consumer revolt in Europe: A transatlantic comparison. Cambridge University Press

Bauer, MW., Gaskell, G. and Allum, NC., (2002). Qualidade, quantidade e interesses do conhecimento: evitando confus oes. 17- 35

Allum, N., Boy, D. and Bauer, M., (2002). Regional culture - contextualising the knowledge deficit model. In: Biotechnology: the making of a global controversy. Editors: Bauer, MW. and Gaskell, G., . Cambridge University Press. 224- 243. 9780521774390

Jelsøe, E., Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Nielsen, TH., Kohring, M. and Bauer, M., (2001). In the public eye: representations of biotechnology in Europe. In: Biotechnology 1996-2000. Science Museum

Gaskell, G., Torgersen, H., Allum, N. and Bauer, MW., (2001). Biotechnology, technoscience and the public sphere. NMSI Trading Limited, Science Museum

Mortensen, AT., Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Gaskell, G., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., de Cheveigné, S., Dahinden, U., Diego, C., Montali, L. and others, (2001). Nature in disorder. In: Biotechnology 1996-2000. Science Museum

Bauer, MW., Gaskell, G. and Allum, NC., (2000). Quality, quantity and knowledge interests: Avoiding confusions. 3- 17

Wagner, W., Kronberger, N., Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Allansdottir, A., Cheveigne, SD., Dahinden, U., Diego, C., Montali, L., Mortensen, A. and others, (1996). Nature in disorder: the troubled public of biotechnology. 80- 95

Gaskell, G., Einsiedel, E., Priest, S., Ten Eyck, T., Allum, N. and Torgersen, H., (1996). Troubled waters: the Atlantic divide on biotechnology policy. 96- 115

Conferences (1)

Jackson, J., Allum, N. and Gaskell, G., (2006). Bridging levels of analysis in risk perception research: the case of the fear of crime

Reports and Papers (7)

Al Baghal, T., Bryson, C., Fisher, H., Hanson, T., Jessop, C., Low, H., Lynn, P., Martin, N., McKay, S., Sloan, L. and Sobolewska, M., Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 10: results from methodological experiments

Creighton, M., Dykema, J., Gaia, A., Cernat, A., Garbarski, D., Jamal, A., Kaminska, O., Keusch, F., Lynn, P., Oberski, D., Schaeffer, NC., Uhrig, SCN. and Yan, T., Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 8: results from methodological experiments

Allum, N., Auspurg, K., Blake, M., Booker, CL., Crossley, TF., d'Ardenne, J., Fairbrother, M., Iacovou, M., Jackle, AE., Kaminska, O., Lynn, P., Nicoletti, C., Oldfield, Z., Pudney, S., Schnettler, S., Uhrig, SCN., Winter, J. and Al Baghal, T., (2014). Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 6: results from methodological experiments

Semir, VD., Revuelta, G., Dimopoulos, K., Peters, HP., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Burri, RV., Castro, P., Corti nas Rovira, S., Chabay, I. and others, (2011). Toolkit for the Impact Assessment of Science Communication Initiatives and Policies

Roberts, C., Eva, G., Allum, N. and Lynn, P., (2010). Data quality in telephone surveys and the effect of questionnaire length: a cross-national experiment

Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Bauer, M., Jackson, J., Howard, S. and Lindsey, N., (2003). Ambivalent GM Nation?: Public Attitudes to Biotechnology in the UK, 1991-2002: Life Sciences in European Society Report

Gaskell, G. and Allum, N., (2001). Two cultures of risk

Scholarly Editions (1)

National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine, (2016). Science Literacy Concepts, Contexts, and Consequences

Thesis dissertation (2)

Allum, NC., (2005). Risk, social trust and knowledge: public perceptions of gene technology in Britain

Allum, NCN., (1998). A social representations approach to the comparison of three textual corpora using ALCESTE. PhD Thesis

Other (3)

Allum, N., (2010).Science literacy. Encyclopedia of science and technology communication

Gaskell, G., Allum, N., Stares, S. and others, (2003).Europeans and biotechnology in 2002: Eurobarometer 58.0. Brussels: European Commission,The Directorate

Allum, NC., (2000).An introduction to qualitative research. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY. 51(2)

Grants and funding

2018

Standard Operating Procedures for Research Integrity

European Commission

2014

WP1 - Impact Acceleration Account 2014

Economic & Social Research Council

2013

Understanding the nature and prevalence of unreported domestic abuse

Essex County Council

2012

Public Perception of Biomedical Science: Analysing the Wellcome Trust Monitor Surveys

Wellcome Trust

2010

Novel Segmentation of Young & Old People

Wellcome Trust

2008

STEPE

European Commission (FP7)

Survey Resource Network - Sociology

Economic & Social Research Council

Survey Resource Network - ISER

Economic & Social Research Council

Survey Resource Network - Data Archive

Economic & Social Research Council

Contact

nallum@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874378

Location:

6.332, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

By appointment

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