Newcastle University upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Newcastle University is one of the UKs leading universities; it attracts over 18,000 students from more than 100 different countries, is committed to excellence in research, teaching and learning and to playing a leading role in the economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. It is a member of The Russell Group which represents 24 leading UK universities. The Politics Unit is situated within the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology and has an international reputation for research excellence. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, Newcastle Politics was rated 12th in the UK in the “world-leading” outputs category (the highest grade of excellence). Newcastle Politics was included in the Excellence Group of political science departments in Europe. Newcastle is a Civic University that sees itself as delivering benefits to individuals, organisations and to society as a whole, and as a civic institution it has three major Societal Challenge research themes: Aging, Sustainability and Social Renewal.


William Maloney

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William Maloney is a professor of politics and head of school at the department of geography, politics, and sociology at Newcastle University. Professor Maloney has held various research and teaching posts at the Universities of Aberdeen and Strathclyde. Before joining Politics at Newcastle he was Reader in Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen. His research interests include organized interests politics, social capital, political participation, and the professionalization of civil society organizations.


Emily Rainsford

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Emily Rainsford is a Research Associate in the Politics Department at Newcastle University. Before joining CUPESSE, Emily completed her MSc (2010) and PhD (2014) in Politics at Southampton University and her BA in Politics and Philosophy (2009) at Sheffield University. During her PhD Emily was involved in various research projects, gaining both qualitative and quantitative data collection experience, such as the Caught in the Act: Contextualising Contestation project surveying demonstrators. She also took time out from her PhD to do policy related work taking up an ESRC funded internship in the Cabinet Office Mutuals Team and to contribute to an EU funded project on Active Citizenship policies in the EU. Her research interests include political attitudes and behaviour, and especially exploring these from a youth perspective and how these play out in different institutional settings.

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University of Newcastle upon Tyne

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6 Kensington Terrace
NE2 4QR Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom