Centre for Political Ethnography (CPE)

About us

Discover more about our research and how to get in touch.


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

Our research

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

Contact us

For more information, get in touch.

  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 2528
  • Email: R.A.W.Rhodes@soton.ac.uk

Postal address:
Building 58 Room 3093
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ
United Kingdom