Staff Profiles

Dr Jonathan Wheatley

Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Phone number: +44 (0)1865 488752



I am a lecturer in Comparative Politics and the topics I have taught include democratisation, nationalism and state-building in a comparative perspective. In terms of research, my main interests are: comparative democratisation; European party systems and voter allignments in an age of globalisation; the use of online voting guidance tools (also known as Voting Advice Applications or VAAs) and their exploitation for research purposes; and politics and society the former Soviet Union. I have a grounding both in qualitative research methods and in some quantitative methods; in terms of the latter, I have experience using psychometric techniques (factor analysis and Mokken Scale Analysis) for analysing survey data.

I am also a founding member of the Preference Matcher consortium (, which unites academics from a number of European universities and has deployed VAAs in more than thirty countries in Europe and beyond.