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Dr Adrian Millican, BSc (Hons) MRes (Exon) PhD (Exon)

Assistant Professor (Teaching) in Comparative Quantitative Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 44293
Room number: SE003, Southend House

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Adrian Millican joined the University of Durham from the University of Sheffield where he worked as a University Teacher in Quantitative Research Methods and Politics. Prior to this, Adrian received his PhD from the University of Exeter titled "Voting: Duty, Obligation or the Job of a Good Citizen?".

Adrian's research is broadly focused on why people vote. His current research involves reconceptualising civic duty, and looking at new ways of capturing its impact on electoral participation. In addition, Adrian is also investigating the impact of institutions on civic engagement in a cross-national perspective. 

Additionally, Adrian was awarded a £10,000 grant from the British Academy (with Dr David Andersen) to study how misinformation in social media effects political behaviour. 

Adrian's research interests also extend into Pedagogy and understanding how individuals learn. He is currently examining the learning environment in lectures, and examining how to make them more focused on student learning. 

Research Interests

  • British Politics
  • Comparative Political Participation
  • Electoral Participation
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social Media

Teaching Areas

  • SGIA 1191 Democratic Political Systems

    (8 hours/year.)
  • SGIA1201 Researching Politics and International Relations (13 hours/year.)
  • SGIA1211 Introduction to Comparative Politics (8 hours/year.)
  • SGIA48930 Designing Political Inquiry (12 hours/year.)

Selected Grants

  • 2020: Trust me, I'm verified: Dynamic experiments exploring susceptibility to social media misinformation campaigns (£10000.00 from The British Academy)
  • 2020: Trust me, i'm verified: Dynamic experiments exploring susceptibility to social media misinformation campaigns (British Academy Small Grants £10,000) with Dr David Andersen