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Centre for political ethnography

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We aim to rescue ethnography from its current void in political science and build the UK's first centre for ethnographic research in politics and administration.


Ethnography covers areas of politics that other methods do not consider. It captures the: 

  • lived experience of politics 
  • the everyday life of political elites 
  • street level bureaucrats 

We research gaps in ethnography knowledge, including: 

  • ethnography is ‘endangered’ because it takes a long time, is ethically sensitive and has difficulty in securing funds
  • political ethnography is a minority sport in political science. Despite its distinct and distinctive contribution, its potential is realised rarely
  • in the era of impact, ethnographic fieldwork has the singular advantage that it involves working with the end users of research

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Our people

Learning from experience is at the heart of practical wisdom, and it is how public servants pick up their political nous.
Professor of Government (Research)
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