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Durham University

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Mr David T. Caldwell, BA (Hons), MA (Dunelm)

Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs

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I am a PhD student in the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) at the University of Durham. My doctoral research examines polarisation and ideological change among contemporary British voters. I analyse trends in economic and social attitude partisanship, attitude alignment and attitude extremism, with a view to shedding light on electoral realignments currently unfolding in the UK and abroad. This research has been supported by grants from the Foundation for Progressive International Education (PINE), the Manchester Statistical Society and the Ustinov College Global Citizenship Programme.

I hold an MA (distinction) in Political Theory from the University of Durham, where I attended as a recipient of the Postgraduate Taught Scholarship Scheme in 2015/16, and a BA (first-class honours) in International Relations and Politics from De Montfort University, Leicester. I have also completed courses in Advanced Methods for the Analysis of Social Media and Textual Data (15 ECTS credits) and Advanced Survey Data Analysis and Survey Experiments (15 ECTS credits) at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis.

I am actively involved in undergraduate teaching in the department and have served as President of the SGIA PhD Association since January 2019. Since beginning my PhD studies, I have also completed additional research assistant work related to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 impact case study – Middle East Security and Policy-making, along with various other projects associated with the Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour.

Research Groups

Institutions and Political Behaviour

Research Interests

  • British Politics
  • Ideology and Public Opinion
  • Polarisation Dynamics
  • Quantitative Research Methods


  • SGIA 2371 - Crisis and Conflict in European Politics (Level 2)
  • SGIA 1201 - Researching Politics and International Relations (Level 1)

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