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Professor Nick Vivyan, BSc, MRes & PhD (LSE)

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45881
Room number: SE115, Southend House

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Nick joined Durham University in 2010 as Lecturer in Quantitative Social Research. He received his PhD in Political Science from the London School of Economics in 2010. During 2008 he was also a Visiting Researcher at Stanford University.

Nick uses quantitative (and often experimental) methods to study political behaviour, accountability and representation, particularly in the United Kingdom. He serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Electoral Studies. He is currently the Director of Research in the School of Government and International Affairs and Deputy Director of the Centre for Institutions and Political behaviour at Durham University. 

Research Groups

School of Government and International Affairs

Research Interests

  • British Politics
  • Legislative Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Public Opinion and Elections
  • Quantitative Methods


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Selected Grants

  • 2018: Causes and Consequences of Electoral Violence: Evidence from England and Wales 1832-1914 (£504,077 from the ESRC/AHRC). Patrick Kuhn (PI), Gidon Cohen and Nick Vivyan.
  • 2017: Reducing Turnout Misreporting Through Contextualization (£10,000.00 from the British Academy). Nick Vivyan (PI) and Patrick Kuhn.
  • 2013: Estimating Constituency Opinion in Britain (£115,433 from the ESRC). Nick Vivyan (PI) and Chris Hanretty.
  • 2012: Voter Approval of the Activities of Members of Parliament (£9,900 from The British Academy). Nick Vivyan (PI) and Markus Wagner.