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Dr Clair Wilkins

Job Title: WISERD Researcher in Quantitative and Evaluation Methods (Policy team)


Clair’s PhD analysed influences on voting behaviour in Court decisions in civil rights and liberties cases spanning a fifty year period from 1954. Of particular interest was whether judges are influenced by legal or by other factors when reaching these decisions. Issue areas of interest included the freedoms of speech, press and religion, criminal rights and procedure, abortion and other issues of bodily privacy and race and gender discrimination. Clair’s research is interdisciplinary in nature.

Prior to joining WISERD, Clair taught political science, social science and research methods modules at the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Salford. Clair has also been involved in the evaluation of several indigent criminal defendant schemes, for example analyzing the impact of a pilot public defender scheme, and also the impact of a pilot bail support scheme.

Research Interests

Clair’s research interests reflect her interdisciplinary focus and primarily straddle the disciplines of social science and law. Of particular interest is the interplay between law and politics in issues of crime, law, justice and personal freedoms. Clair is also interested in factors influencing voting behaviour both at the public and the elite level.

Current Research

Evaluation of the Impact of the Night Time Economy Co-ordinator on Alcohol Related Violence in the Swansea Night Time Economy (Home Office)

Quality of Life in Ethnic Minority Neighbourhoods (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions)

Clair works on applied quantitative and mixed methods policy research and contributes to WISERD’s training and capacity building programme.



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