The PSA opened this new fund in late 2020 to support our members in these challenging times. Our aim was to help scholars complete innovative research and engagement projects, and further the aims of our association.


We were overwhelmed by the response - a big thank you to everyone who applied. We are delighted to tell you that the following projects and PSA members were successful and were awarded funding in 2021:


  • Dr Patrick Diamond & Dr Karl Pike from Queen Mary University of London: Development of Labour Party Studies
  • Dr James Morrison from Robert Gordon University Aberdeen: Lived experience of people from ‘left behind’ groups in Scotland (
  • Professor Jon Tonge from Liverpool University: Understanding the Alliance Party in Northern Ireland
  • Dr Thomas Leahy, Dr Jonathan Kirkup & Dr Kevin Fahey from Cardiff University: Actions and motives of MPs and TDs from Northern Ireland’s political parties
  • Dr Donna Smith from The Open University: Changemakers educational resources
  • Dr Jennifer Thomson & Dr Sophie Whiting from University of Bath: Why conservative governments in Brazil and Poland engage with liberal international programmes
  • Dr Antonella Seddone from the University of Turin: Italian Politics and Covid-19
  • Dr Thomas Swann from Loughborough University: Marginalised Voices in Anarchist Studies
  • Dr Christine Huebner from Nottingham Trent University: Votes at 16 in Wales Project 
  • Dr Laura De Vito from the University of the West of England Bristol: Carbon Communications Toolkit
  • Dr Özge Özdüzen from University of Sheffield & Bogdan Ianoşev from Glasgow Caledonian University: AntiMo: Morality and motivations of anti-lockdown protests
  • Dr Sarah Liu from University of Edinburgh: Women leaders in the Taiwan Military
  • Dr Benjamin Bowman & Dr Chloe Germaine Buckley from Manchester Metropolitan University: Climate Imaginaries: investigation young people’s environmental politics through fiction
  • Dr Gergana Dimova from University of Winchester: Understanding the emotional dynamics of anti-politics.

PSA Trustee Dr Andy Mycock, remarked: ‘the new Research and Innovation Fund represents a significant investment by the PSA in its membership. The judging panel were impressed by the quality and diversity of applications we reviewed and look forward to working with the successful members in delivering their innovative projects’.  


We will keep you updated on their progress and wish them every success in taking this work forward in 2021. Updates on Dr Donna Smith's, Professor Jon Tonge's and Dr James Morrison can be found in our December 2021 Issue of PSA News, which can be read here.