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Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP)
EPOP brings together people interested in the study of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. It has more than 250 members, including media commentators, leading opinion pollsters and national party officials as well as academics. If you would like to become a member of EPOP, you can register here. EPOP members qualify for a reduced conference rate and are eligible to apply for our funding opportunities (below).
We maintain a dedicated mailing list to keep members updated about activities, research, events and job opportunities that might be of interest - if you'd like to join the mailing list (you don't have to be an EPOP member!), just send us a quick email.
EPOP has its own journal, The Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties, which publishes the latest, highest quality research on elections, public opinion and participation, and political parties. The journal welcomes submissions based on either comparative or single nation studies, and has no methodological bias other than demonstrable excellence. You can find out about the JEPOP editorial team here.
EPOP Annual Conference
The 2020 EPOP Annual Conference has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The 2021 Conference will be held at Queen Mary University of London, dates to be confirmed.
Support for PhD students and Early Career Researchers
EPOP is keen to support the professional development of PhD students and early career researchers, and do all we can to help them attend our annual conference and share their research. We routinely make bursaries and travel funds available to support their attendance at the conference. Details of available funding will be made available by local conference organisers on the conference website.
EPOP Funding and Awards
EPOP provides numerous funding opportunities and awards both in recognition of and to support its members' research in the field of elections, public opinion and political parties. Details of these can be found below, and keep an eye on our Twitter account and newsletter for announcements of when applications open!
David Broughton Award
Prof David Broughton was involved with EPOP from its inception and played an integral role in its success. He was also one of the founding editors of the British Elections and Parties Yearbook, which later became the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. David passed away in 2017, and in his memor EPOP has established the 'David Broughton Award', which provides up to £200 to support graduate students in the fields of elections, public opinion and partis to attend EPOP's Annual Conference.
Anthony King Award
Prof Anthony King was another founding member of EPOP who made an enourmous contribution to the group's success and to the study of elections and voting in Britain. In memory of Prof King, EPOP has established an annual Anthony King Award to support timely and innovative research in the study of elections, public opinion and parties. EPOP members can apply for up to £1,000 of matched funding to host an event that brings together academic and non-academic audiences to share and discuss the latest research in our field. Applications for the Anthony King Award open in October. You can find the application form for the award at the bottom of this page.
EPOP YouGov Call for UK GE Survey Projects
EPOP invites members – or teams of members – to bid for questions on YouGov survey that will be run during the next UK general election campaign. The costs associated with the survey will be funded by EPOP. EPOP will seek to fund a number of projects posing between 3-5 survey questions each, though applications for fewer questions will also be considered. Questions will be fielded to a representative sample of the UK population (total N of 1700). Successful applicants will be provided with YouGov’s standard demographic and political variables (e.g., 2017 vote, 2016 Ref vote, age, gender, region, etc.), as well as the output file in a format of their choice (i.e. SPSS, STATA etc).You can find further details and guidance in the call at the bottom of this page.
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.
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