Welcome to the page of the Political Methodology Specialist Group of the Political Studies Association.  The group brings together people interested in all aspects of methodology applied to political research.  It was launched at the British Academy in November 2015 with a one-day conference showcasing quantitative work in political science in the UK.  The launch event was covered in blog post, which also contains interviews with the presenters about the state and future of political methodology.  

A summary statement of the objectives of the group can be downloaded here.

For more information about the group, please contact the group convenors Stephen Fisher, Nils MetternichAndreas Murr, Rosalind Shorrocks and Paul Whiteley.



Our fourth annual conference will take place at Scarman, University of Warwick, on the 11th of January 2019 from 9:30 to 19:00.


The online registration is now open until Sunday 30th of December 2018.  Please register here.

Travel information

You can find information on how to get to the university including a map of central campus on this website.


The following websites have details of hotel and B&B rooms.  The most convenient places to stay are on campus: Scarman, Radcliffe, or Arden (all part of Warwick Conferences); but staying in Coventry, Leamington Spa, and Kenilworth is an option too.  Please book your own accommodation but do feel free to email Andreas Murr if you have any questions.

Conference Programme

You can download the latest version of the conference programme from here.

Keynote Lecture

We are delighted that Professor Mark Steel (University of Warwick) will deliver the keynote lecture "Bayesian Model Averaging and its Use in Political Science".

Previous conferences

Details of the previous annual conference can be found below:



The Political Methodology Specialist Group membership rate is £10 for PSA members and £19 for non-members.  If you would like to become a member of our group, please phone the PSA office so that they can process payment  Their number is 02073 212 545. Please ask to speak Heather Lawless, the Membership Officer, with your card details at the ready.



The group maintains the mailing list PSA-POLMETH.  Please use the mailing list to discuss topics, advertise jobs and events, and circulate abstracts that are relevant to political methodology.  The mailing list is edited by Andreas Murr, University of Warwick.

To subscribe, unsubscribe, or search the archive, please visit https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/PSA-POLMETH.

To post to the list, please send an email to PSA-POLMETH@JISCMAIL.AC.UK.

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Specialist Groups Convenors: 
Role Name Institution Email
Convenor Paul Whiteley University of Essex whiteley@essex.ac.uk
Convenor Stephen Fisher University of Oxford stephen.fisher@trinity.ox.ac.uk
Convenor Andreas Murr University of Warwick a.murr@warwick.ac.uk
Convenor Nils Metternich UCL n.metternich@ucl.ac.uk
Convenor Rosalind Shorrocks University of Manchester rosalind.shorrocks@manchester.ac.uk