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Mr Daniel J Devine BA, MSc

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I am a research student in Politics at the University of Southampton, interested in political attitudes, public policy and quantitative methodology.

My substantive research focuses on political attitudes in Europe: what people think, why they think it, and what this means for politics.

I first did my undergraduate degree in Politics at the University of Essex. After that, I went to work as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Iceland, before returning to Essex to work at the Institute for Social and Economic Research. I then moved to London to work at the Institute for Government, where I worked primarily in their data team but also on devolution policy in Higher Education. Whilst there I also wrote on civil service reform. I then came to Southampton on a 1+3 ESRC scholarship and completed an MSc in Governance and Policy before beginning my PhD. 

So far, my research has been funded by the Universities of Oxford, Essex and Southampton, and the British Academy.



Research interests

Centre for Citizenship, Globalisation and Governance (C2G2) 

My PhD addresses the effect of multilevel governance on the formation of political attitudes, specifically in the context of European Union integration. Within this, I am interested in how multilevel governance blurs lines of accountability, drives ‘anti-politics’, and changes the way people develop their opinions on policy and politics. 

Substantively, I am also interested in policy formation, the civil service, political participation and British politics, all of which I have engaged with in one way or another. I am also interested in quantitative methodology, where I specialise in multilevel modelling and causal methods. Related to this I am interested in data transparency and visualisation as a way to communicate complex topics. I have written widely on a range of topics, from hate crime to the reduction in the amount of floor space government occupies!

My PhD is supervised by Professor Will Jennings and Dr Raimondas Ibenskas, and is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Alongside my PhD work, I am interested in multiple areas of research:
• Constraint in the European Union
• The Convergence of Public Agendas in Europe
• Data visualisation and Transparency




Graduate Teaching Assistant
PAIR1002 Political Systems
PAIR1005 Political Inquiry



I am interested in developing my research beyond the University, and applying my skills by working with governmental and front-line services. Previously, I have done so at the Institute for Government and the Institute for Social and Economic Research, and I welcome further opportunities.

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