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School of Social and Political Science: Research



The Quantitative Teaching and Research group in the School of Social and Political Science is involved in a range of projects, including methods training, involvement in developement of teaching materials, and vairous research projects.

Alison Koslowski

Social policy

Alison Koslowski is a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, and her research interests include the labour market, social inequality, quantitative and comparative research methods. She likes to work with international harmonized survey data, in particular longitudinal survey data. Datasets with which she is particularly familiar include the ECHP, BHPS, US, EU-LFS and LIS. She has convened undergraduate survey data analysis courses and contributed to postgraduate courses on intermediate inferential statistics. Until recently, she was the Programme Director for the MSc Social Research. She is an experienced PhD supervisor for projects using quantitative methods. Before moving to the University of Edinburgh, Alison has been employed on survey data collection projects at the Institute of Education, University of London and at ISER, University of Essex. She studied at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, the European University Institute, the University of Essex and the University of Southampton.

Michael Rosie


My key interests are in national identities in contemporary sub-state 'small nations', with a particula interest in Scotland. A related interest is the position of religious identities within advanced and relatively secularised sociaeties. I've pusrsued both of these interests (amongst others) through continued analysis of the British and Scottish Social Attitudes studies in particular.

Valentyna Romanova

Politics and International Relations

Valentyna Romanova is a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at in the Department of Politics and IR at the University of Edinburgh (2010-2012). Her research project is on territorial politics of Ukraine during the transition from authoritarian rule. Previously she completed her BA, MA and PhD in Political Science at the University of 'Kyiv-Mohyla Academy' (Ukraine). In her doctoral thesis Romanova examined the transformation of a political regime in Ukraine at regional and subregional levels. In addition to her academic research, she worked as a political analyst at the Centre for Social and Political Research (Ukraine), School for Policy Analysis (Ukraine), and the Centre for Social Research (Ukraine). In 2008-2009 Valentyna conducted her Chevening research on regional dimension of European integration and regarding regional differences at Edinburgh University. Romanovas research interests in post-communist studies and territorial politics have shaped her current Marie Curie research project, which is aimed to contribute to the understanding of processes of democratisation at sub-state levels in Ukraine and CEE.

Andrew Thompson

Politics and International Relations

Andy joined the Department in 1997 from the University of Wales, Cardiff, where he was Lecturer in Quantitative Methods at Cardiff Business School (1985-1996). He previously held research posts in the Greater London Association of Community Health Councils (1984-85), the University of Manchester (1979-1984), UMIST (1979) and Stockport Social Services Division (1978-79).

Currently Andy is a co-investigator on an ESRC-funded project on the European Commission with Prof John Peterson (Edinburgh), Prof Hussein Kassim (UEA), Prof Liesbet Hooghe (North Carolina/Amsterdam), Prof Renaud Dehousse (Paris) and Prof Michael Bauer (Berlin).

He is an expert member of the research team for a European Union-FP7 project called 'Deepening our understanding of quality improvement in Europe' (DUQuE), co-ordinated through the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Andy is a grant holder for the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN), an ESRC/SFC jointly funded initiative concerned with developing the quantitative skills of researchers in higher education institutions and the public, voluntary and private sectors in Scotland.

Ailsa Henderson

Politics and International Relations

Dr Ailsa Henderson joined the department in 2007 from the University of Toronto. Dr Henderson conducts research on political culture(s) in federal and multi-national states. Most of this work focuses on variations in political culture at the sub-state level and explores how national identity, federalism, devolution or institutional design can affect regional variations in political attitudes and behaviours. From 2008 to 2012 she held a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship to conduct research on the constituent political cultures of Europe.

Dr Henderson currently holds research grants on political parties and voting behaviour in Scotland and Quebec (SSHRCC), regional attitudes in Europe (Citizenship After the Nation State - ESRC, ESF). She is PI on an ESRC grant 'A blended learning course in quantitative methods for UK sociology, social policy and political science undergraduates'. Previous grants have explored predictors of turnout in sub-state elections (SSHRCC) and compulsory volunteering and civic engagement among young people (Imagine Canada/SSHRCC). She has worked as a researcher for the Committee on Standards in Public Life, as a consultant for various departments in the Government of Nunavut and in 2007 served as working groups chair for the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. She is co-editor of Regional and Federal Studies.

Dr Henderson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in quantitative methods, research methods and research design, and British/Scottish politics.

Dr Henderson is Research Director for the Department of Politics & International Relations, Deputy Director of Research (Knowledge Exchange) for the School of Social and Political Science, Convenor of the Quantitative Methods Research and Teaching Group and Convenor of the Elections, Public Opinion and Parties research group. She is also a member of the Territorial Politics research group and a Board Member of the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy.

Jan Eichhorn


Jan works as statistician for the Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN). In his role he develops statistics training and research collaboration activities across Scotland. His research focuses on two topics: Based on the PhD research he conducted previously Jan investigates the contexts determining how particular factors (such as unemployment) affect subjective well-being. He has a particular interest in cross-cultural comparisons and concerns over the UK government project 'Measuring well-being.' The second strand of work focuses on political participation, especially of young people. The research is coordinated through the Germany-based political think tank d|part which was co-founded by Jan.

Apart from his research Jan enjoys teaching a variety of statistics courses at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Social and Political Science, the Business School, and the School of Health and Social Science. The courses include both semester-long offers as well as short, intensive offers - similar to those developed by AQMeN. Additionally, Jan also teaches substantive courses in the Sociology department.

John MacInnes


I've done a variety of mostly fairly basic quantitative research on a range of subjects: gender and population change; scottish fertility trends; work-life balance; gender and labour market change; national identity.

Most of my work at the moment is about the teaching of QM in university social science courses, as ESRC Strategic Advisor on QM Training. I'm also on the advisory board for 'getstats' the Royal Statistical Society's statistical literacy campaign.

When I ever get time to do research I'm interested in Event History Analysis and its use in tracking social change using panel data.

Teaching -wise I'm introducing a new Edinburgh University wide course 'Statistical Literacy' this year. Open to all undergraduates, regardless of year of study or degree programme.

Lindsay Paterson

Social policy

Lindsay Paterson contributes to the MSc Intermediate Inferential Statistics course and the MSc Core Quantitative Data Analysis course in the School of Social and Political Science. He also contributes to the MSc Quantitative Data Analysis course in the School of Education. He has contributed to courses in multi-level modelling run by the Applied Quantitative Methods Network, most recently in June 2012 as part of the summer school of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre.

Lindsay Paterson current and recent quantitative research relates to four main areas:<

In this connection, he uses several large UK social surveys, especially the National Child Development Survey, the British Birth Cohort Study, the British Household Panel Study, and the British Social Attitudes Survey. The techniques are mainly multiple regression of various kinds, including linear, standard nonlinear (such as logistic) and highly non-linear (such as diagonal reference models).

Working with Professor Ian Deary and colleagues in the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, he has used the long-term follow-up of birth cohorts that were first surveyed in the mid-twentieth century to study the long-term effects of educational reform in the early years of the twentieth century, thus linking archival statistical data from the period 1900-1939, survey data from the late-1940s, and follow-up data from several decades since then. The techniques have included multiple regression and path analysis. The follow-up data collection was funded mainly by the MRC, Age UK and the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health Directorates.

Working with Dr Cristina Iannelli in the School of Education, University of Edinburgh, and others, he has studied developments in social mobility and their relationship to educational expansion during the twentieth century. The data sets have been the British Household Panel Study, the Scottish School Leavers Survey, and the Scottish Household Survey. The statistical techniques are loglinear modelling and various non-linear elaborations of it. Examples of publications in this connection are:

Working with Dr Fiona Hanlon and others in the inter-university network Soillse, he has studied the attainment of pupils in Scottish Gaelic-medium education, and investigated the characteristics of that sector, using both special surveys and the Scottish Survey of Achievement. The main statistical technique has been multi-level modelling. This work has been funded by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the statutory agency responsible for developing Gaelic.

Along with Dr Hanlon and Rachel Ormston of ScotCen Social Research, he also has an ESRC grant (with additional contributions from the Scottish Government and Bòrd na Gàidhlig) for a module of questions in the 2012 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey on attitudes of people in Scotland to Gaelic. The statistical analysis will mainly use linear regression and logistic regression.

Niccole M. Pamphilis

Politics and International Relations

Niccole M. Pamphilis recently joined the School of Social and Political Science as a Research Assistant in Politics and International Relations, after completing her doctorate in Political Science at Michigan State University. Her quantitative interests include scaling and time-series, cross-sectional techniques. She was trained in Research Methodology at Michigan State University and received additional training at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research's Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, and the Consortium for Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research. She has been involved with teaching introductory and intermediate regression analysis, research design, and advanced techniques in maximum likelihood estimation.

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