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Mr Jamie Furlong BSc, MA

Postgraduate Research Student

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I am a postgraduate researcher in the department of Social Statistics and Demography. My research interests are broad but are currently focused on the relationships between population change and electoral voting in the UK.


BSc Sociology (University of Bristol), MA Urban Studies (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

After completing a BSc in Sociology at the University of Bristol, I worked for four years – two years as a prison mental health nursing assistant, and two years teaching English in Spain. Returning to academia in 2012, I began a two year MA in Urban Studies in four different cities across Europe: Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid. Although much of my research was qualitative (from cultural studies to city architecture), I developed a strong interest in European demography and population processes, becoming more adept at analysing neighbourhood-level ethnic and social changes. This academic interest, combined with a more personal fascination with how and why people vote for certain political parties, brought me to Southampton.


Research interests


My current PhD research analyses the relationship between multi-scale demographic changes and electoral outcomes. More specifically, I intend to focus upon the “neighbourhood effect” on electoral voting to assess at what spatial scales this phenomenon exists for different variables and with what impacts on recent British elections. This will uncover answers to questions such as: to what extent is there a link between neighbourhood-level ethnic population changes and a propensity for voters to shift from Labour to UKIP? If a pattern exists, at what spatial scale? Is there a greater likelihood of switching political allegiance if the black and minority ethnic population increases/decreases within a certain distance from the voter’s home?

Through analysing historical and recent relationships between small area population change and voting, I intend to assess potential voting implications (holding political and individual changes constant) in the future according to different population forecasts.

Other research interests are wide and include: measuring religiosity in Europe; secularisation and post-secularisation at small scales; urbanity and voting.


PhD supervisors: Dr Andrew Hinde (Social Statistics and Demography) and Professor Will Jennings (Politics & International Relations).

Funding: ESRC-DTC scholarship (+3).




Social Statistics & Demography departmental blog: Committee member.

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Mr Jamie Furlong
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