- Primary position:
Will Jennings is Reader in Politics at the University of Southampton. Previously I was a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2005-2008) and a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester (2008-2012). I joined Politics & International Relations in 2012. I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2004. My research is concerned with questions relating to public policy and political behaviour. I have written extensively on agenda-setting, public opinion, electoral behaviour, political parties, and the governance of mega-projects and mega-events. I am a methodological pluralist, using both quantitative and qualitative methods, but specialise in time series analysis.
I am currently engaged in several on-going research projects and collaborations. These include a project on 'The Politics of Competence' (with Jane Green, University of Manchester), which is investigating how voters evaluate the competence of political parties (www.competence-politics.co.uk). I am Co-Director of the UK Policy Agendas Project (www.policyagendas.org.uk), and a member of the Comparative Agendas Project research network (www.comparativeagendas.info). I am also undertaking a comparative study of polls and the vote in more than forty countries (with Chris Wlezien, University of Texas at Austin) and publish regular updates of support for the UK political parties as part of the 'Polling Observatory' team (with Rob Ford, University of Manchester and Mark Pickup, Simon Fraser University). I am a Research Associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Vice-Convenor of the Executive Politics and Governance Specialist Group of the UK Political Studies Association.
I am a member of the UK Political Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. My research has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Comparative Political Studies, Political Studies, Public Opinion Quarterly, Electoral Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Government and Opposition, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, Journal of European Public Policy, European Political Science Review, British Journal of Criminology, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice and the Journal of Construction Management and Economics, in addition to numerous chapters published in edited volumes. Olympic Risks, my book about the governance of the Olympic Games and the Olympic movement, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. Policy Agendas in British Politics (co-authored with Peter John, Anthony Bertelli and Shaun Bevan) was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
- Public policy
- Executive government.
- Public opinion.
- Comparative and British politics.
- Political behaviour.
- Risk governance in mega-projects and mega-events.
- Time series analysis
Current research projects:
- The Politics of Competence (with Jane Green).
- The UK Policy Agendas Project (with Peter John and Shaun Bevan).
- Comparative Analysis of Policy Agendas (with Shaun Bevan)
- Risk and Mega-Events
- Comparative Timelines of Election Campaigns (with Chris Wlezien).
- Social and Economic Change and Crime in the UK (with Stephen Farrall, Colin Hay and Emily Gray).
- Protest and Media Agendas (with Clare Saunders)
- The Polling Observatory (with Rob Ford and Mark Pickup)
- Public Policy Analysis [PAIR2016/3025] for UGs.
- Political Behaviour [PAIR2018/3027] for UGs.
- MSc Supervision
- PhD Supervision