Welcome to the PSA Conservatism Studies Group (CSG). 

We study conservatism.

The group aims to encourage the creation and dissemination of high quality research in the study of conservatism, conservatives and centre-right politics, e.g. conservative politics, parties, leaders, ideologies, media and organisations.

We are a specialist group at the Political Studies Association (PSA), an international scholarly society in the United Kingdom.

The group aims to create a sense of identity and common purpose among those interested in a part of the political spectrum that has attracted far less scholarly interest than its obvious electoral and philosophical importance merits.

The group aims to take a supportive approach in order to encourage engagement with conservatism studies across the many levels of academic development. We aim to promote pluralism, balance, diversity and equality.



The Tory Research Impact Network (TRIN) and its committee work in close partnership with the PSA Conservatism Studies Group (CSG). The TRIN is chaired by Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman, co-convenor of the CSG. The 16-member TRIN committee includes Prof Tim Bale, Dr Danielle Beswick, Dr David Torrance, Prof Agnès Alexandre-Collier, Owen Meredith, Dr Carlotta Redi, David Jones MP and Margaret Mitchell MSP.

One of the Government's agendas in relation to academic research has been to place an increasing emphasis on 'impact' from scholarly publications. Developing the TRIN committee is part of Dr Ridge-Newman’s response to this.

The TRIN committee is a central hub that helps facilitate pathways to impact for a wider network of scholars, for example, CSG members, and political participants with interests in or links to British Conservatism and the study of it.

The TRIN and CSG impact events will aim to connect the work of scholars to that of the relevant party participants in order to help develop ongoing and mutually beneficial research impact strategies.

As a member of the CSG you will be welcome to participate in the TRIN’s activities. 


If you would like to join the group and be added to our mailing list, please contact the convenors.

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The PSA’s network of 60 Specialist Groups offers a research focus for all members and covers a vast range of specialities within the discipline. SGs provide an opportunity for groups of academics who share a common interest in a particular area of the discipline to organise meetings, coordinate communications, and as outlets for research – as well as giving PSA members opportunities for developing their academic impact and professional development.”


Convenors can view the SG Handbook here.


If you would like to learn more or have any questions, do get in touch via or with Arianna Giovannini (, the Specialist Groups Trustee

Contact Us

Dr Anthony Ridge-Newman

Role: CSG Convenor for Media, External Relations and Organisation
Chair: Tory Research Impact Network
Institution: Liverpool Hope University

Dr Alan Convery

Role: CSG Convenor for Conferences, Research and Scholarship
Institution: University of Edinburgh

Nina Rogers

Role: CSG Diversity and Engagement Officer
Institution: Liverpool Hope University

Dr Marija Taflaga

Role: CSG Internalization Officer
Institution: Australian National University

Dr Christopher Fear

Role: CSG Communication and Finance Officer
Institution: University of Hull

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Constitution updated 14 June 2018