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Doctor Lawrence Mckay

Dr Lawrence Mckay

 BA, MRes, PhD
Senior Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Lawrence is developing a research agenda around geographic divides in political attitudes, between richer and poorer areas, central and 'peripheral' areas, and above all between urban and rural areas. Forthcoming papers explore why voters perceive local decline, unpack citizen beliefs about government's biases towards urban centres, and conduct experiments on the politics of 'levelling-up'.

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Dr. Lawrence McKay is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow based in the Department of Politics and International Relations (PAIR). His three-year project, running between 2022 and 2025, is titled 'The Revival of the Urban-Rural Divide in Western Europe: A comparative study of the geography of discontent and political representation'. The project will draw together existing and original data from surveys and elections to produce a picture of Europe's evolving political divisions.